Over the past few years, MV Agusta’s big-bore Brutale has lived a controversial life, with the size of its four-cylinder engine going up from its original 990cc to 1090 then down to an unusual 920 and up once again to the current 1090cc.
Along with the engine displacement went the Brutale’s positioning in the market. Originally intended as the industry’s most-sophisticated “naked,” the bike stepped down a couple of notches to a more proletarian level, only to find that the space was too crowded and, consequently, low sales numbers were not bringing home any money.
With the lovely (and much more accessible and profitable) 675 Brutale now filling the entry-level role, the 2013 Brutale has recomposed itself as a most-refined and exclusive ultra-high-performance naked bike. Gone is the 920 edition, and now, all three versions of the bike displace 1090cc: Brutale, Brutale R (144 horsepower at 10,300 rpm, 82.6 foot-pounds of torque at 8100 rpm) and Brutale RR (158 hp at 11,900 rpm, 73.7 ft.-lb. of torque at 10,100 rpm).
The substantial extra power of the RR version comes from the new, smoother runners of the inlet manifold—aluminum instead of rubber—and from a revised grinding of the inlet cam for both higher lift and more aggressive timing.
In terms of frame structure and geometry, the chassis is unchanged, but improvements have come from the latest-generation Marzocchi 50mm upside-down fork, which is fully adjustable on the Brutale RR, and the new, very elegant wheels that save a total of 3.3 lb. over the previous ones. The standard Brutale still uses 310mm front brake rotors, while the R and RR go for Brembo 320mm discs. All calipers are of the radial-mount kind, with Brembo Monoblocs on the RR. Graphics and color schemes follow MV Agusta tradition.
As for the rest of the line, the fully faired F4 sportbike has received an even more relevant load of improvements, starting with a whole new electronics package that includes “ride-by-wire” throttle and improved traction control. The engine has received enormous attention to reach past that magic 200-hp mark: MV says the dyno regularly confirms 201-plus readings.
Not one single detail is yet available about the coming-soon Brutale 800 and even less about its tentatively defined “supermoto” derivative. MV Agusta has only said that the extra displacement has been achieved by stroking the 675; bore is unaltered. Industry gossip indicates that the extra cubes have delivered more than expected, with so much torque that the rolling gear had to be upgraded to “big” Brutale standards.