The 2019 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro created waves in the 200+ hp segment when it was unveiled last year. An SC-Project titanium exhaust system and a dedicated ECU pushed the number event higher (212 hp). That motorcycle, however, was a special edition vehicle that was limited to just 300 units. Now, the Italian brand has raised the stakes by updating its litre-class naked roadster, the Brutale 1000 RR, with a 208 hp motor.
The Serie Oro inspired styling cues walk a thin line between being achingly beautiful and absolute maniac. The front fascia, for example, features a full-LED headlight that features red highlights, thus giving a look at the attention to detail. The dual-tone fuel tank extensions further enhance the sporty and muscular styling of the 2020 Brutale 1000 RR. Black highlights throughout the vehicle add a neat contrast to the base paint and avoid the motorcycle from looking monotonous.
The Dragster-family inspired tail section is further enhanced with air vents under in the rear panel. The four-pod exhaust and a single-sided swingarm look alluring. The rear tyre hugger mounted number plate and blinkers are appealing, as ever.
The 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR is available in two colour options:
- Ago Red / Dark Metallic Matt Grey / Matt Carbon
- Metallic Avio Gray / Fluo Yellow / Dark Metallic Matt Grey / Matt Carbon
Unlike most naked roadster motorcycles, the Brutale 1000 RR features sporty ergonomics that are achieved with the use of clip-on style handlebars. The cockpit includes a second-generation TFT dashboard. The Brutale 1000 RR is equipped with a full ride-by-wire system. The IMU inertial platform controls traction control with slip strategies with 8 levels. The system can be completely deactivated. Front Lift Control (or wheelie control) system is also part of the electronic aids. The Bosch 9 Plus ABS with Race Mode and RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) further enhance the safety department.
Engine specifications include a 998 cc inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC motor that makes 208 hp of peak power at 13,000 rpm and 116.5 Nm of peak torque at 11,000 rpm. The six-speed transmission benefits from MV EAS 2.1 (Electronically Assisted Shift Up & Down) quick-shifter. Surprisingly, the motorcycle still uses Euro-IV emission norm compliance.
The motorcycle rides on Öhlins-sourced electronic suspension setup. An electronic steering damper is also part of the package. The front features Öhlins Nix EC hydraulic inverted forks with TiN superficial treatment while the rear uses a progressive, single shock absorber Öhlins EC TTX. Anchoring hardware comprises 320 mm double floating discs at the front and a 220 mm single steel rotor at the back.
The 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR will compete with the new Ducati Streetfighter V4 S and the Kawasaki Z H2. The latest iteration of the MV Brutale 1000 RR is priced at 29,990 euro (about INR 23.67 lakh).