MV Agusta is beginning production on the new 2020 Brutale 1000 RR. The new Brutale 1000 RR hopes to push the model’s performance envelope even further. In building this new Brutale, MV Agusta hopes to integrate the lessons learned from producing the Serie Oro and Blue and White.
The new Brutale is built on a superstructure made of precisely modelled modelled carbon-fiber elements, steel lattice and aluminum side plates, and forged wheels with aluminum components. The riding position is the result of careful ergonomic analysis, aimed to guarantee optimal vehicle control and comfort. There are even aerodynamic wings positioned beside the radiators to improve downforce and adding load to the front end, limiting lift at high speed.
Even more power
Powering the bike is the latest evolution of MV Agusta’s inline, four-cylinder design. It takes inspiration from Formula 1 and MotoGP technology with the use of titanium piston rods, low-friction Asso piston rings, a balance crankshaft, a central timing chain, and new valve guides and camshafts with improved timing on the intake and exhaust sides. Lubrication has also been greatly improved with a new splitter lubrication system and semi-dry sump.
The current structure features dual injectors per cylinder: four lower Mikuni and four upper Magneti Marelli shower head injectors, with greater capacity and positioned above the intake duct. The Arrow exhaust system uses the 4-1-4 set-up, with a throttle valve for maximum torque at lower RPM’s.
These contribute towards producing high power and torque figures of 208 hp at 13,450 rpm and 116.5 Nm of torque. It’s paired with an electronic EAS 2.1 Up&Down gearbox for both comfort and ease of use.
Management and control
This is translated for the rider through a second generation 5-inch TFT display color panel with 800x480 pixel resolution. Accessing the numerous menus is easy thanks to the handlebar-mounted controls. The bike uses a full ride by wire multimap system with 4 ride modes — Sport, Race, Rain and Custom — built in. These are governed by an IMU inertial platform, which manages traction control with 8 settings and the option to deactivate it. This allows the rider to modulate the system’s intervention based on lean-angle data provided by the IMU. The Brutale is also fitted with Front Lift Control, an evolution of the anti-wheelie system, with active and non-active options. There’s also Launch control for quick and easy take-offs.
Besides the riding modes and rider aids, convenience features are also included like connection to a smartphone via Bluetooth to manage incoming calls, messages and music. There’s also cruise control for more relaxed rides.
The dashboard allows integrates with the MV Ride navigation app. When installed on the connected phone, it allows the bike’s electronics to be customized directly via smartphone. For long rides, it can be used to create and saving routes which can then be shared with friends. The dashboard can also mirror navigation functions of the phone.
For night rides, it’s fitted with a full-LED headlight with Cornering Lights managed by the inertial platform. Its light beam changes direction and angle based on the position of the bike, lighting the way whether it is upright or leaning. The headlight features an internal colored X-shaped section, enhanced by the Daylight Running Lights, to make the Brutale recognizable even from afar.
Keeping it on the ground
Keeping the bike on the road are exceptional top shelf components. The front features an Öhlins Nix EC fork with manual spring preload adjustment. It’s paired with an Öhlins EC electronic steering damper, that continually adjusts on the basis of the bike’s speed. The rear uses an Öhlins TTX rear shock absorber fixed to the aluminum single-sided swing arm, with electronic management.
Bringing it to a stop are Brembo Stylema front radial calipers with 320 mm floating discs. The rear disc is 220 mm and is combined with a dual-piston caliper. They’re governed by an ABS Bosch 9 Plus system with Race Mode.
Despite being fully-loaded with exceptional components and electronics, the Brutale 1000 RR tips the scales at just 186 kg dry weight. MV Agusta claims it’s capable of reaching more than 300 km/h.
And yes, you can get one in the Philippines. MV Agusta is distributed in the country by Motostrada. Get your checkbooks ready though as the Brutale 1000 RR is priced at PhP 2,000,000.