2020 MV Agusta Model Variants Unveiled At EICMA

More affordable Gamma Rossa models and Smart Clutch System-equipped models.

2020 MV Agusta Superveloce 800
The 2020 MV Agusta Superveloce 800 is less flamboyant than the Serie Oro model.MV Agusta

MV Agusta is living a moment of great expectations from the radical change at the head of the firm with Timur Sardarov taking over from Giovanni Castiglioni as owner and CEO. Timur is a very enthusiastic person, but he is also very determined to bring MV Agusta back to a healthy financial condition, something that has not been achieved in decades. He selected Massimo Bordi as executive vice president because Massimo is tough and knows how to bring productivity back to a break-even point, which is a must. At EICMA 2019, the company showed another piece of the growth puzzle—more models.

MV Agusta brings a number of novelties that are evolved from either concept bikes seen last year, or from models that were produced in the guise of a limited edition. This is the case of the Superveloce 800 that differs from the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro with less refined graphics and the return to the standard three short pipes exhaust system in place of the fascinating two-plus-one megaphone-style unit so reminiscent of the legendary MV Agusta 350–500 Three GP Racer of Giacomo “Mino” Agostini.

The first batch of Superveloce 800 Serie Oro was sold out, but apparently MV Agusta is determined to capitalize on that very strong, instant success. It is interesting to note that the two differ fractionally in weight and the Superveloce is claimed to produce 153 hp at 13,250 rpm versus the Serie Oro with racing kit at 148 hp at 13,000 rpm.

2020 MV Agusta Superveloce 800
Three short pipes and understated paint and graphics highlight the 2020 MV Agusta Superveloce 800.MV Agusta

The Superveloce 800 is a fascinating bike in all its variations—sleek, classic, and contemporary at the same time. The standard, non-Serie Oro is more sober, and that is not bad at all.

The Brutale 1000 RR is the regular production version of the bike that won the title of Most Beautiful Bike of the show at EICMA 2018. Powered by an F4 1000 engine that, totally revised and massaged by Chief Project Engineer Brian Gillen, delivers 208 hp at 13,000 rpm, the Brutale 1000 RR simply is a naked superbike with enormous potential, given also the rather light 410-pound claimed weight.

2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR
The 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR is a naked superbike with 208 hp that weighs only 410 pounds.MV Agusta

A most positive addition to MV Agusta is represented by the new Gamma Rossa (Red Models) range, developed around the Brutale 800, Dragster 800, and Turismo Veloce 800. In their Rosso edition all three models feature rich equipment but come at a more competitive price. Performance potential remains unchanged, but in lean times, the lower prices might stir some extra attention and sales given the basic quality of each.

Dragster 800
MV Agusta has created three new models based on the Brutale 800, Dragster 800, and Turismo Veloce 800 in the Gamma Rossa range that will be priced more competitively.MV Agusta

Another attractive addition is represented by the SCS versions of the Brutale 800 RR and Dragster 800 RR. “SCS” stands for Smart Clutch System that was conceived by the engineers of Rekluse in Boise, Idaho. It is an automatic clutch system that makes life very smooth, in traffic in particular, but it also helps to extract the ultimate drop of performance from the engine with no risk of excesses. The SCS 2.0 is perfectly functional and reliable, and it only weighs 1.7 ounces more than the standard unit and sure is worth the extra weight.

Dragster 800
MV Agusta has fit its Smart Clutch System to the Brutale 800 and Dragster 800 for 2020.MV Agusta

Still in the early stage of designing is the family of 350cc twin-cylinder models being developed in association with Chinese giant Loncin. That is a major project for the future, and there, Massimo Bordi is looked at to drastically improve productivity and make production soar past 25,000 units per year. Stay tuned for this also.

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