2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 - First Look

This three-cylinder Italian naked middleweight brings more torque to the backroad party.

MV Agusta Brutale 800 - right-side view

2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 - right-side view

MV Agusta’s 800cc Brutale promises to extract the best from both the three-cylinder engine and the chassis to which it’s harnessed. Extra displacement came by increasing stroke from the original 45.9 to 54.3mm; the 79mm bore is unaltered. The super-compact result delivers a claimed 125 horsepower at 11,600 rpm and 60 foot-pounds of torque at 8600 rpm.

While those numbers would be adequate for a lightly stressed 1000cc engine, the 3000-rpm gap separating peak horsepower from peak torque underlines that the stroked Triple delivers its maximum efficiency and performance over a wide range. MV did not release horsepower or torque curves, but it is natural to expect that the new engine will offer superb performance even below 3000 rpm. It’s also natural to compare the performance of the new 800 with that of the F3 675, which generates 3 hp more but at a staggering 14,400 rpm. Torque is 52.5 ft.-lb. at 10,800 rpm.

The Brutale chassis has undergone a complete upgrading in the suspension department with the adoption of the latest Marzocchi 43mm upside-down fork and a likewise fully adjustable Sachs shock. Twin 320mm front brake rotors with radial-mount Brembo four-piston calipers and a 220mm rear rotor pinched by a two-piston floating caliper ensure appropriate stopping power. Pirelli Diablo Rossos should take advantage of the superbly balanced hybrid F4/Brutale chassis.

MV Agusta has equipped the Brutale 800 with highly advanced electronics that include MVICS (Motor and Vehicle Integrated Control System) with multiple-map ride-by-wire and traction control. The system delivers optimized performance at any rpm in terms of power delivery, throttle response and fuel consumption, and it offers a choice of four maps, three preset in the system, plus one that the owner can plot himself for a “personalized” engine character.

From a styling point of view, the Brutale 800 follows the same lines as the 675 but with more refined graphics—the most expensive “Italia” version, in particular. Even with its tall, fuel/rubber-conserving final-drive ratio, the claimed-368-pound Brutale 800 promises staggering all-round performance.

At EICMA, MV Agusta will also unveil the Rivale 800, a supermoto-style model powered by the same three-cylinder engine.

MV Agusta Brutale 800 - right-side view

2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 - right-side view

MV Agusta Brutale 800 - right-side view

2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 - right-side view

MV Agusta Brutale 800 - right 3/4 view

2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 - right 3/4 view

MV Agusta Brutale 800 Italia Edition - rear right-side view

2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Italia Edition - rear right-side view