I am not sure why all the motorcycle publications are covering the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR this week, as if 1000cc streetfighter was just unveiled as a new model. Well actually, I do know why – it is because MV Agusta held a media presentation for the bike, in lieu of a on-road press test.
You can’t fault MV Agusta for trying to salvage a press launch during a global pandemic, though it is curious why my colleagues are reporting this bike as if they have never seen it before. Maybe they were asleep during EICMA?
For those who feel that they need their memories refreshed, the “RR” model isn’t that different from the “Serie Oro” model we saw in 2018, though it has some key high-end pieces missing.
As such, there really isn’t anything “new” to report about this motorcycle, other than the bevy of new photos we have of it, which for many is the only glimpse they will get until the world starts becoming more normal.
As such, we have 58 high-resolution photos of the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR down below for your consuming pleasure.
If you need a refresher on this beast, the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR is coming to the USA with a price tag of $32,000 – which is a hefty price tag, but still a $16,000 discount over the “gold series” model that came before it.
For that coin, you get the same 205hp (153 kW) inline-four engine, which is based on the motor found in the MV Agusta F4 superbike, though it has several key changes internally.
Accordingly, MV Agusta stresses that this isn’t just the F4 superbike stripped of its fairings, and this is a motorcycle built to be ridden on the street. My European colleagues who have had a chance to ride the machine disagree with MV Agusta on that point, though I will reserve judgment until I get my own turn on the bike.
Moving on – electronic suspension pieces from Öhlins are found fore and aft, along with a robust electronics package that is assisted by a six-axis IMU.
A 5″ TFT dash gives you the info you need (with finally a layout that makes sense – one of my pet peeves with MV Agusta’s electronics design), and of course there is an up/down quickshifter included in the mix, along with cornering ABS, independent wheelie control, and slide control.
LED lights are all around, including the iconic Brutale headlight. Interesting point, the genesis story behind the Brutale’s headlight is that Claudio Castiglioni was driving down the A1 highway in Italy, pacing a Porsche 911 whose headlight he could see in his rear-view mirror. He fell so in love with that image in his mirror that he based the Brutale headlight’s shape off the Porsche’s.
Still adorned with quite a few carbon fiber bits and bobs, the Brutale 1000 RR still keeps a weight of 410 lbs (186 kg) when dry. There’s no word on a weight when fully fueled.
Still, to account for that 5 lbs dry weight difference to the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro, we should point out that the Brutale 1000 RR uses aluminum wheels and steel bolts, whereas the Serie Oro uses carbon wheels and titanium hardware.
Truly a beautiful machine, it is not clear when we will see them in the USA, though you better bet A&R is itching to get a ride on one soon. Until then, the photos await you below.
Source: MV Agusta