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MV Agusta aim for 2020 super naked glory with bonkers Brutale 1000RR

Published: 04 November 2019

Updated: 04 November 2019

In a 2020 model launch season seemingly overrun with powerful super nakeds, the latest is the mass-produced version of the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR, which follows the limited-run Serie Oro, first shown at the 2018 Eicma show.

Unlike the €42,990 (around £37,153) Serie Oro edition, the €29,990 (around £25,918) 1000 RR  features steel bolts and screws instead of titanium, as well as forged aluminium wheels, rather than carbon-fibre. A number of other features from the Serie Oro can be purchased as optional extras.

Hot on the heels of Ducati’s 205.2bhp Streetfighter V4 launched in Rimini in late October 2019, the new MV produces the same claimed power figure as the Duke in standard trim at 13,450rpm, alongside 85.9ftlb of torque, and weighs 186kg dry.

Capable of a claimed top speed "of over 300kmh" (186mph), the bike is powered by a 998cc transverse inline-four engine, which MV say was inspired by motorsport.

Highlights include new valve guides and camshafts, whilst titanium conrods also help reduce weight and inertia within the engine itself. Low-rpm vibrations have also been tackled with a revised crankshaft and low-friction piston rings also aid efficiency.

Helping to keep this performance under control are four riding modes - consisting of  Sport, Race, Rain and Custom - alongside an eight-stage traction control system and the option to switch it off entirely.

Intrusion from the system is based on measurements taken from the onboard IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), which also allows for the inclusion of anti-wheelie. A ride-by-wire throttle also means the bike gets a launch-control function, as well as practical features like cruise control.

These electronics can then be further customised for personal preference using the MV Ride smartphone app. Furthermore, the system will also allow the user to save and create routes, as well as take calls and choose music via Bluetooth.

For additional control, the bike gets electronic semi-active Öhlins suspension at the front and rear, as well as an electronic Öhlins steering damper, which continually adjusts to match the bike’s speed. For additional downforce, MotoGP-style wings are also located near the bike’s radiator.

Bringing the bike to a halt are the same Brembo Stylema front brake calipers as the Serie Oro, which bite onto 320mm floating discs, complete with a Bosch 9 Plus ABS system.

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