MV Agusta Tames the 208 HP Brutale 1000 RR

MV Agusta announced the details of the 2020 model year of their 208 hp Brutale 1000 RR super naked motorcycle. It’s a lower-spec version of the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro, although it’s just four hp less than the limited edition bike. Same engine and frame as the Serie Oro, it uses aluminum fasteners (instead of titanium ones like on the Serie Oro), but the bike lacks the lightweight carbon wheels.

The company claims that the goal for developing the 2020 Brutale 1000 RR was to focus on the chassis, engine, and electronics making everything work as smooth as possible to give the rider the best performance possible.

Thus, to keep the power down and prevent the front wheel from lifting, the 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR comes with an aerodynamic package like its main rival, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S. The winglets are fitted near the radiator of the bike, improving downforce and adding front end stability at speeds over 120 mph (190 kph).

Engine and Electronics

MV Agusta redesigned the inline-four engine, used premium materials and made a complete review of the electronic-management parameters which are now more refined compared to previous versions. Power delivery sits at 208 hp at 13,450 rpm and 85lb-ft (116.5 Nm) of torque. MV Agusta claims that the 2020 Brutale 1000 RR has a top speed of over 190 mph (300 kph).

Moreover, the radial valve timing and central timing chain were redesigned using Formula 1 and MotoGP technology. Thus, reducing the engine’s weight, loads, and inertia. Moreover, the central timing chain reduces the torsion effects of camshafts at high rpm. In addition, there are new valve guides and camshafts, with new timing on both the intake and the exhaust side. The pistons use low-friction Asso piston rings, and there is a new crankshaft that is balanced to limit vibrations at low revs.

The electronic engine management was updated and now features a new EM2.0 control unit for this platform. The 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR also features a full ride by wire multimap system (Sport, Race, Rain and Custom) with IMU inertial platform, which manages traction control with slip strategies (eight different settings and the option to deactivate it). The system modulates intervention based on lean-angle data provided by the IMU. The Front Lift Control is an evolution of the anti-wheelie system and comes with active and non-active options. Launch control is provided for starting, which acts on the engine revs and torque based on velocity during departure. Nonetheless, MV Agusta fitted an electronic EAS 2.1 Up&Down quick-shifter and blipper system.

Chassis, suspension, and brakes

The chassis is similar to the one fitted on the Serie Oro. It features the same dimensions – 1,415 mm wheelbase, with a front-wheel trail of 97mm Also, the frame is designed using steel lattice and aluminum side plates.

Suspension wise, MV Agusta equipped the naked bike with an Öhlins Nix EC fork, with TIN surface treatment featuring electronic adjustment of the hydraulic brake in application and release. The same electronic management is offered by the Öhlins TTX rear shock absorber fixed to the aluminum single-sided swingarm and the Öhlins EC electronic steering damper, which continually adjusts on the basis of the bike’s speed.

The braking system is the same as the Serie Oro, with Brembo Stylema front radial calipers, and 320 mm diameter floating discs. The rear disc is 220 mm and is combined with a dual-piston caliper. Electronic management is assigned to the ABS Bosch 9 Plus system with Race Mode.

Bodywork

The stand-out features including the headlight, fuel tank, and tail fairing which have been designed and manufactured specifically for this new Brutale. In other words, the full-LED headlight uses Cornering Lights which changes direction and angle based on the dynamic position of the bike. The headlight boasts an internal colored X-shaped section and features Daylight Running Lights. To make the mike stand out, the Italian engineers used for the superstructures on the 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR modeled carbon-fiber elements.

One difference compared to the Serie Oro limited edition version is the bolts and screws made of steel instead of titanium. No carbon fiber wheels though, which were replaced with forged aluminum rims, thus, the dry weight sits at 186 kg.

The dash features a 5-inch TFT display and the configuration menu can be used using the buttons fitted on the handlebars. Other features include Bluetooth connection with your smartphone to manage incoming calls, messages and music, cruise control, MV Ride navigation app, also the bike’s electronics can be customized directly via smartphone, as well as creating and saving routes, which can then be shared with friends.

What’s the price tag of the 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR? Well, all this power, electronics package, riding dynamics, and so on will set you back €31,500 (starting price) on the European motorcycle market.




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