After a nice redesign of the 800 Brutale, MV-Agusta just left time to discover it before moving on to something beefier. Beautiful, captivating, stiff as it should be and push-to-crime with its 3 cylinders eager for revs, the Italian maiden may lack a little watts for athletes.
The RR is the 800 Brutale and better everywhere. The silhouette is thus almost similar, able to seduce everyone. The finish is, however, a cut above. On the other side of the Alps, we know how to charm, sometimes with small or subtle attentions. This is how the roadster adds to its endowment a more expressive dress, an engine spoiler, specific forged rims, sportier tires, and a good dose of adrenaline in the 3 cylinders..
If the 800 Brutale lost a few horses in its Euro4 evolution, this is not the case with the RR. We really change register, with watts worthy of a larger displacement. 140 horsepower at 13,100 rpm is jostled in this optimized three-cylinder. Nice job on the part of the engine manufacturers, who gave up nothing in terms of power or torque. This always tops out at 8.77 mkg once it reaches 10,100 rpm. Since the 800 Standard, this makes a gain of 24 hp and 31 Nm or about 0.3 mkg.
While passing Euro4, the engine takes the opportunity to improve its innards. A new mechanical chain tensioner, new camshafts, new valve guides, engine crankcases contributing to noise reduction, new transmission gears, as well as a new starter and primary drive. Thus, without giving up its ardor, the unit is less polluting but also half as noisy and causes less vibrations..
The only point where the RR has broken down is weight. 7 kilos are to be counted in the ranks of the accused. However, the scale does not explode. With 175 kilos dry, the machine remains very light.
Engine manufacturers have worked hard, electronics engineers too. An update of the various on-board modules follows, the Brutale being able to count on a ride-by-wire accelerator, an 8-level traction control, a shifter up&down, a disconnectable ABS with anti-rollover safety and several injection maps. The instrument panel, now from the Rivale, now includes a diagnostic function and the steering will be controlled by a new 8-level steering damper by manual adjustment..
Who says big potato implies ad-hoc chassis. At MV, we know how to do it. No problem as to the efficiency of the Brutale with the famous aluminum frame / tubular steel trellis, the inverted Marzocchi fork of 43 mm and the fully adjustable Sachs shock absorber, and the Brembo braking with 320 mm discs and radial calipers 4 pistons at the front – 220 mm disc and 2 piston caliper at the rear.
No revolution for the 800 Brutale RR but a welcome update to spice up the fun rides on one of the finest mid-size roadsters in production. The machine has mouth, a strong potential of seduction, and enough potato to take you to the limits of reason. To overcome them, it is better to have a big dose of technique and composure. La Brutale does not bear his name for nothing. And the virtues of drunkenness are earned.
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800 Brutal RR 2018
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245 km / h
The technical aspect
MV-Agusta 800 Brutale RR 2019
- Tank: 16.5 liters
- Width: 875 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,400 mm
- Dry weight: 175 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(79 x 54.3 mm)
at 13,100 rpm
at 10,100 rpm