MV Agusta is starting 2021 with a bang with massive improvements to the Brutale and Dragster 800 line. These 800cc three-cylinders don’t just boast of compliance with Euro-5 emissions standards, but also changes to the styling, frame, gearing and electronics.
Brutale RR SCS
The new models are distinguished by new, full LED headlights. With the help of the IMU, they now include a “cornering” function, lighting up the inside of the turn when the bike tilts. A small dash cover protects the instrument panel and deflects airflow away from the rider's torso. Its profile has been modified to increase its effectiveness. The saddle was also redesigned with a focus on comfort and features a new foam base. The saddle height is at 845mm.
Dragster RR SCS
The bikes are built on a new frame which feature new side plates to improve their torsional and longitudinal rigidity. There’s also a new rear suspension linkage designed to work with a single shock absorber with revised spring and calibration to offer better efficiency and comfort. The front fork’s setting has been revised to match the new calibrations and offer the best front/rear balance. The bike tips the scales at 168-kg.
Brutale RR SCS
That said, both models ride on 43mm Marzocchi uspide down front forks and gas-charged Sachs rear shock absorbers, both of which are fully adjustable.The front even comes with a new, adjustable steering damper.
Braking is taken care of twin 320mm rotors and four-piston calipers by Brembo with a 220 mm rotor in the rear with a Brembo 2-piston caliper.
The new 798cc inline 3-cylinder engine features several improvements. Everything from the crankshaft to pistons, valves, and tappets have been re-engineeered to reduce friction and improve reliability. These all help to produce peak power of 140 PS at 12,300 rpm and a very remarkable 87 Nm of torque at 10,250 rpm. It’s then paired to a choice of a conventional six-speed transmission or MV Agusta’s new Smart Clutch System (SCS) six speed for faster, automatic clutch shifting. These help these models achieve a top speed of 244 km/h.
The bike also comes with rider aids like Traction Control and ABS (with cornering function). There’s also Front Lift Control (FLC), designed to allow some light wheelies with computer-optimized acceleration and manageability.
These can be gleamed on the new, 5.5-inch TFT color dashboard which configurable screens and smartphone connectivity via the MV Ride App. The mirroring function also allows the dashboard to be used as a satnav unit with corner by corner directions. Every function can be accessed and navigated quickly via the new joystick control on the left-hand block.
Dragster RC SCS
MV Agusta also hopes to make both the Brutale and Dragster more accessible with the Rosso variant. The Rosso variant uses the same engine, but with a lower output of 112 PS and 85 Nm. The top speed is down to 237 km/h and the weight is up by 10 kg. However, interested buyers will find it offers the same evocative styling at a more aggreeable price.
Borth the Brutale and Dragster 800 are offered in RR, RR SCS, and Rosso variants.
Dragster RC SCS
The Dragster, on the other hand, has an exclusive RC (Reparto Corse) SCS variant.
MV Agusta Philippines will, no doubt, have these models available for interested buyers. However, the price has not been finalized yet. Interested parties may contact them to reserve or inquire.