According to Moto Revue, MV Agusta is set to debut an 800cc-powered model later this year, which is an interesting tidbit for anyone who has been following MV Agusta lately. Set to debut the MV Agusta Rivale at EICMA this November, the newest model from the historic Italian is said to be a hypermotard-esque machine that is loosely based off the MV Agusta Brutale 675.
Following the logical genesis of the Brutale 675 using the MV Agusta F3’s 675cc three-cylinder motor, most assumed that the MV Agusta Rivale would feature only chassis changes, and retain the same supersport-inspired motor. However, the news from Moto Revue puts that idea into doubt, and likely tips the Rivale to being an 800cc rival to bikes like the spied Ducati Hypermotard 848 and Husqvarna Nuda 900.
If true, then the displacement difference might give the Rivale a bit more of a differentiation from the Brutale 675, and thus help to broaden MV Agusta’s growing model line-up. Of course, the changing of the motor’s displacement will mean more R&D for the Italian company, which debuted the MV Agusta F3 with a poorly tuned version of the three-cylidner motor, which suffered from horrible throttle control and engine fueling maps.
With those issues reportedly now getting resolved, hopefully MV Agusta can launch the Rivale sans issue.
Source: Moto Revue