MV Agusta’s “Smart Clutch System” Comes to the Brutale & Dragster

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MV Agusta is making an interesting move in its sport bike lineup, announcing this week that they will be adding the company’s “Smart Clutch System” (SCS) to its Brutale 800 RR and Dragster 800 RR models.

For those that don’t remember the debut of the Smart Clutch System, it was built in collaboration with Rekluse, and first debuted on the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce Lusso sport-tourer.

Effectively, the implementation of the Smart Clutch System means that an MV Agusta rider needs only to use the clutch when firing up the motorcycle, as the clutch will auto-engage when coming to a stop, and isn’t necessary when shifting because of the up/down quickshifter.

In application, we found the SCS equipped MV Agusta Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS to be a very easy motorcycle to ride, especially when in heavy traffic or in two-up situations.

While just a shade away from a push-to-shift gearbox setup, having the clutch available to feather low-speed maneuvers is a handy feature that distinguishes SCS from something closer to an automatic gearbox.

While the use case is little less applicable for the more sport-focused models in MV Agusta’s lineup, it was perhaps only a matter of time before the Italian brand offered the SCS option on its Brutale and Dragster models (the signaled as much when we first rode with SCS in 2018).

Of course, having the SCS equipped model will cost you. The MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR SCS is retailing in Europe for €16,990 while the MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR SCS costs €19,490.

Essentially, the SCS option will tacks on another €1,000 to the price tag, which is a 50% reduction from the premium the feature first brought to the Turismo Veloce models.

MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR SCS

MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR SCS

Source: MV Agusta

Jensen Beeler

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