When we rode the MV Agusta Brutale 800 earlier this year, we called it the best motorcycle ever to come out of Varese, Italy. The current Brutale 800 is finally a motorcycle that comes from fully baked from the MV Agusta factory, and it shows what the Italian company can accomplish.
Riding through the MV Agusta Brutale 800 at the press launch, our only lament was our desire for more power from the 800cc three-cylinder engine. Thankfully, the Italians have heard our request.
Debuting at the EICMA show in Milan, the 2017 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR comes with all the refinements we praised in the Brutale 800 model, and adds a 140hp peak power figure to the mix (63 lbs•ft @ 10,100 rpm), along with new forged wheels and updated electronics.
Of course, the 2017 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is now Euro4 compliant, and most of the changes that the Italian brand has made to its Brutale 800 RR deal with meeting noise and exhaust emissions.
As such, the new Brutale 800 RR has a larger exhaust chamber, and comes with multiple pieces and designs that aim to reduce engine noise and vibrations.
With these changes comes a healthy increase in weight, a 15 lbs increase to be precise, which makes the 2017 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR tip the scales at 386 lbs dry.
Another important bullet point to the updated MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is the upgraded electronics package, which includes an improved ride-by-wire and an EAS 2.0 quickshifter that now makes seamless up and downshifts. The 2017 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR also now has an on-board diagnostic (ODB) function built into the dash.
Other features include an eight-level traction control system, and dual-channel Bosch ABS. Suspension continues to be provided by fully adjustable Marzocchi forks and a Sachs rear shock, but now also includes a new steering damper. Brakes are done by Brembo, with 320mm discs and four-piston radially mounted calipers up front.
There is no word yet on the US pricing or availability.
Source: MV Agusta
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