Last year, MV Agusta unveiled the Rush 1000; essentially a Brutale 1000 RR on beast mode with even more high-end equipment, exclusive design touches and unhinged performance. MV Agusta calls it an 'ultra naked,' and rightly so.
For 2021, MV Agusta steps it up a notch. The 2021 Rush 1000 takes inspiration from the Italian Air Force, sporting the colors and design elements inspired by the military’s fighter planes. That includes air intakes and vents with the warning yellow messages placed in proximity of the turbines of these fighters.
Powering the Rush is a 1000 cc inline-4, delivering 208 HP at 13,000 rpm and 116 Nm at 11,000 rpm. The engine features radial valves and titanium connecting rods. Timing is updated with the introduction of new cam phasing designed to offer more favorable torque at low to medium revs without detracting from the intense drive and acceleration that has always distinguished this engine. The use of a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating for the surfaces of the valve buckets cuts down on friction and improves reliability. It is also Euro-5 compliant. As with any MV Agusta, the exhausts are one of the highlights and the Rush 1000 is no exception. The 2021 model features a more eye-catching four-exit exhaust with an updated main collector structure.
MV Agusta has added new primary drive gearing to help reduce friction between the gears, while the clutch system has been strengthened to improve reliability.
It’s governed by a third generation EAS 3.0 electronic gearbox with a new sensor for more precise shifting and more comfortable insertion. There’s also Launch Control for fast starts for fighter jet-like acceleration all the way to its top speed of over 300 km/h. Taming the power continues to be intuitive with 8-level traction control, wheelie control, and cornering ABS.
Keeping it aloft is electronically-controlled Öhlins EC suspension that is fully adjustable to maximize rider feeling and comfort and improves load transfer control and the ability to dampen any unevenness. It’s brought to a stop by a full Brembo braking system with radial master cylinder and Stylema callipers.
The rider gets a 5.5-inch TFT display which easily connects with the MV Ride app that lets the user customize aspects of the bike from their smart phone. It can also mirror the phone’s navigation app. His posterior will rest on a new leather and Alcantara seat.
There's a pillion seat, but it looks very uncomfortable. The Rush tips the scales at just 186 kg and has a seat height of 845 mm.
The 2021 Rush 1000 is limited to just 300 units. Each one comes with a certificate of origin as well as a wooden racing kit that includes SC Double-exit exhausts and racing ECO, passenger seat cover, instrumentation cover, cnc fuel cap, CNC brake and clutch lever, brake and clutch lever guard, side auxiliary lights, front brake discs, and a motorcycle cover.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect it to be between the US$32,000 (PhP1.6M) Brutale 10000 RR and the US$45,000 (PhP2.3M) Serie Oro.
You can definitely expect this model to arrive on our shores as MV Agusta Philippines has already offered past special edition models like the Serie Oro, Brutale Dragster RR LH44, and most recently, the even rarer Superveloce 75 Anniversario (4 out of only 75 units). So it’s highly likely the Rush 1000 will be offered locally as well.