At the EICMA show in Milan last fall, where MV Agusta unveiled the Turismo Veloce, Giovanni Castiglioni confirmed that his company had much more its sleeve. Exactly what, he did not say, but I immediately thought of a SuperSport model, not this new Dragster model, which appears to be patterned after those concepts that inspired the creation of the Ducati Diavel.
But the 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster, as it’s called, is on a smaller and more agile scale, with less extreme styling. The basic theme, however, is the same: big chest, lean waist and hips, strong legs. The technical basis for the bike is the Butale 800, with the same 125-horsepower triple and a chassis with an identical 54.3-inch wheelbase. Other major components are also directly taken from the Brutale 800, including the 43mm Marzocchi male-slider forks, a Sachs rear shock absorber, MV’s traditional single-sided cast aluminum swingarm, and Brembo brakes with 320mm twin front rotors and radial-mount calipers.
In back, a Pirelli Diablo Rosso II rear tire, size 200/50-17, provides a tough new look to the Brutale’s rear section, properly teaming up with the short seat, the shorter “flying” fender, and rear light. This is where the personality of the Dragster diverts wildly from the Brutale. The overall look is right, promising wild acceleration and great lean angles.
As per the best CRC (Centro Richerche Castiglioni) tradition, details are very accurate and elegant, starting with the Dragster’s innovative aluminum handlebar, which is partly cast and partly machined from billet. MV has also spent much time upgrading electronics, in an effort to bring them up to par with excellent Aprilia and Ducati standards. On the Dragster, the newest MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) is employed, the same as used by the Rivale 800.
The Eldor EM2 engine-management computer uses the latest algorithms, while the full ride-by-wire throttle operates thru Mikuni throttle bodies. Torque delivery can be adjusted over four levels, three preset at the factory and one that can be programmed using a laptop. Traction control is adjustable over eight settings, and a quickshifter ensures that the Dragster lives up to its name when the light goes green.
Check back with us next week for a thorough first ride review of the new 2014 MV Agusta Brutale Dragster.
|ENGINE TYPE||798cc liquid-cooled inline-3|
|BORE & STROKE||79.0mm x 54.3mm|
|VALVE TRAIN||DOHC; four valves per cylinder|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||Marzocchi 43mm fork; 4.9 inches travel|
|REAR SUSPENSION||Sachs single shock; 4.9 inches travel|
|FRONT BRAKE||Dual radial-mount four-piston calipers with full-floating 320mm discs|
|REAR BRAKE||Single 220mm disc|
|RAKE (CASTOR ANGLE)||24.0º|
|SEAT HEIGHT||31.9 in.|
|DRY WEIGHT||368 lb.|
|FUEL CAPACITY||4.4 gal.|