The 2017 Brutale RR was recently unveiled at this year’s EICMA. Updates include performance output, Euro4 compliance, a new electronic suite, and aesthetic additions—while still staying true to the elegantly sporty and compact beefiness of its namesake.
MV Agusta claims their in-line three-cylinder engines are the most advanced anywhere. Not to be confused with the engine off the F3 800 (rated at 150 PS), the one on the Brutale RR is derived and refined from the 800. The DOHC 798cc’s power output is rated at a max of 142 PS at 13,100 rpm. 86 Nm of torque is delivered at 10,100 rpm. A new hydraulic chain tensioner improves noise and reliability, while its racy counterrotating crankshaft reduces inertia when changing direction. The bike’s 6-speed constant mesh gearbox is removable for purposeful modification.
This naked bike is built around a tubular steel trellis frame and high torsional rigidity aluminum plate. Color pops from the aged-gold colored Marzocchi inverted front forks. A Progressive Sachs single shock takes care of suspension in the rear. Braking for the 17-inch five-spoke aluminum alloy wheels is done with 320mm double floating disks and 4 pistol radial Brembo caliper up front and a 220mm single out back with a 2 piston Brembo caliper. Bosch ABS comes standard. The Brutale 800 RR comes with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires.
Two color schemes will be available for the bike: Pearl Shock Red with Pearl Ice White, or Metallic Aviation Grey with Metallic Carbon Black and silver accents. Futuristic design aspects have been redone including the new seat design, even sharper lightweight tail, and new lights—creating more of a front heavy impression that’s feistier yet sophisticated. Engine is painted in a masculine black.
The Brutale RR’s new electronics package affords additional aids. Three factory mappings available are Sport, Normal, and Rain. The Quickshifter EAS 2.0 allows for rapid clutchless upshifting and electronically assisted downshifting. Engine management includes an Elder EM2.0 ECU, Mikuni Full Ride-by-Wire, and an MVICS 2.0 (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System).
MV Agusta has tweaked the 2017 Brutale RR to maintain its punchy power ratings while decreasing emissions, vibrations, and noise as per Euro4 regulations. The motorcycle maintains its beastly beauty with a distinctly aggressive sporting style. This bike is for the performance oriented rider looking for speed, uniqueness, and undeniable road presence—not to mention some proudly Italian flair.