2019 MV Agusta Brutale B4 1000

MV Agusta redoes the big Brutale naked bike with revamped 208-hp four and claimed 190-mph-plus top speed

Brutale B4 1000 Serie Oro
MV Agusta still designs a beautiful motorcycle. The Brutale B4 1000 Serie Oro gets a redesigned 1,000cc four-cylinder engine with a claimed 208 hp.Courtesy of MV Agusta

The all-new MV Agusta Brutale B4 1000 is a strong message from the storied Italian company that it is determined to turn the page and regain its traditional role as iconic builder of beautiful high-performance motorcycles. How strong? About 208 claimed horsepower, and in a 410-pound package.

Styling evokes that of the first Brutale 750cc F4 designed by maestro Massimo Tamburini unveiled at the 2000 Intermot Show in Germany. There are even quad exhaust outlets.

Quad exhaust outlets
Quad exhaust outlets, two per side, underline the connection to previous MV Agustas.Courtesy of MV Agusta

Through the years, the Brutale has grown in displacement and performance, but slowly lost its original appeal due to less iconic styling and a few quality bugs. Now the four-cylinder Brutale B4 is back, not only in terms of styling but also of performance potential.

Gold Series
Just 300 units of the Serie Oro, or "Gold Series," Brutale B4 will be produced.Courtesy of MV Agusta

The MV Agusta 1,000cc four has been dissected and redesigned from inside out under the guidance of Chief Project Engineer Brian Gillen to transform it into a new, more powerful, more reliable unit. The company’s superbike racing experience was fundamental in identifying the weak spots of the original project (done at the time by Ferrari Engineering’s Piero Ferrari) so that it the new power and reliability could be achieved. The above-mentioned 208 hp comes at 13,450 rpm, and an equally impressive 85.2 pound-feet of peak torque is delivered at 9,300 rpm.

steel-trellis upper frame
A steel-trellis upper frame bolts to beefy aluminum uprights that clamp the engine and single-sided swingarm pivot.Courtesy of MV Agusta

The latter number must be pondered with respect because a 200-plus hp/liter specific output engine that delivers peak torque 4,000 rpm below peak power is a sign of outstanding flexibility. More impressive, this flexibility is achieved without a variable-geometry induction system. The only unchanged spec was the 79.0 x 50.9mm bore and stroke. A redesigned combustion chamber increased the compression ratio to 13.65:1, while new cam grinding for the exclusive radial valve layout improves breathing. Every internal component was rebalanced, and in the process friction was reduced to lower the working temperature of the engine. The lubrication system has also been completely redesigned into a semi-dry sump design that reduces ventilation and splashing losses.

TFT dash
The 5-inch TFT dash allows interface with MVICS rider aids and features bluetooth connectivity.Courtesy of MV Agusta

Considering the lineage of this aging engine, and that cost barred starting with a clean-sheet design, the results are excellent, and represent an enormous gratification for Giovanni Castiglioni and company. As an exclamation point on the potential of the new F4 engine, a high-performance kit (dedicated ECU and SC Project exhaust system) is available to bump claimed output to 212 hp at 13,600 rpm.

The new chassis sports a tightly triangulated tubular steel trellis front structure and massive aluminum plates that clamp the rear engine mounts and single-sided swingarm. Both the plates and the swingarm are painted gold since this Brutale B4 1000 belongs to the Serie Oro, or "Gold Series," and will be available in a limited number of 300 units.

Clip-on handlebars
Clip-on handlebars are a departure from the more traditional tubular handlebars of Brutales past, but the high claimed top speed drove their use.Courtesy of MV Agusta

An Öhlins 43mm inverted NIX EC fork and TTX shock are fully adjustable. Further, the fork is equipped with semi-active electronic damping control that tunes itself according to riding conditions.

The chassis spans a compact 56.4-inch wheelbase, while the seat line is set at 33.3 inches—fairly tall for a road bike. Claimed dry weight of 410 pounds should make for a highly responsive bike, particularly considering the fairly aggressive 24-degree rake and 97mm trail. The bike rolls on a pair of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa radials in 120/70-17 front and 200/55-17 rear sizes.

Twin Brembo 320mm discs are squeezed by the latest Brembo Stylema radial-mount calipers and feature Bosch 9 Plus Race Mode ABS.

The MVICS rider-aid package works with the Eldor EM2.0 ECU that manages engine functionality and ride-by-wire throttle. A 5-inch, high-resolution TFT color display conveys information to the rider and can be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth.

LED lights
LED lights accent rear shape. Surely there will be a license-plate holder on production models.Courtesy of MV Agusta

MV Agusta says the new Brutale B4 1000 is capable of speeds exceeding 190 mph. Given this, sportbike-style clip-ons have been adopted for a more compact riding posture. It’s a bit of a departure from the sit-up superbike of previous Brutales, but it also makes clear that this is a motorcycle of unique capability and character.