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2012 MV Agusta Brutale 675 Breaks Cover

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After showing us the 2012 MV Agusta F3 675, the iconic Italian motorcycle company has also spilled the beans on the MV Agusta Brutale 675. The three-cylinder 675cc naked bike, is unsurprisingly and basically an F3 supersport without its fairings. With a peak power figure of 113hp @ 12,000 rpm and 52 lbs•ft of peak torque @ 10,600 rpm, the Brutale 675 tips the scales at 163kg dry (359 lbs), and like its fully-faired counterpart, the new Brutale should be a peaky, yet potent, stead for willing owners.

Featuring the same MVICS electronics package that was debuted on MV Agusta F3 675, the MV Agusta Brutale 675 will continue the “electronics are the new horspower” trend of the new decade, and with a €8,990 price tag should be equally alluring. The cheapest MV Agusta now on the market, we imagine Varese is hoping to sell a metric boat-load of the new baby Brutale. However, as we saw with the US pricing of the MV Agusta F3, how that sub-€9,000 price tag will translate to greenbacks remains to be seen.

Coming with traction control, rider-selectable engine maps, and a ride-by-wire throttle, the MV Agusta Brutale 675 is a potent little package (it’s not clear if the MV Agusta F3’s optional wheelie control, launch control, and electronic quick-shifter will also work on the naked bike, though we don’t see why they couldn’t).

Though we reserve judgment after we hear the pricing for the USA, coming stock with fully-adjustable Marzoochi forks, Brembo “gold” monoblock calipers, and a Nissin radial master cylinder, the Brutale 675 offers some nice kit that will give the Triumph Street Triple a run for its money.

Where riders will be disappointed though is the obligatory de-tuning that occurs with naked versions of sport bikes, as while the Brutale 675 retains the same overly over-square 79mm bore and 45.9mm stroke as the F3 675, the street naked presumably gets its horsepower decreased because of its smaller 47mm throttle bodies and accompanying de-tuned engine maps. Other points of disappointment will be in the rear shock, which appears to only have an adjustable pre-load setting, and fixed damping.

Source: MV Agusta

Jensen Beeler

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