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2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 First Look

Friday, November 2, 2012
MV Agusta expands its Brutale naked lineup to five models with the introduction of its all-new Brutale 800.
MV Agusta expands its Brutale naked lineup to five models with the introduction of its all-new Brutale 800.
MV Agusta expands its naked streetfighter line with the all-new Brutale 800. Based off the Inline Triple-powered Brutale 675, the new MV strokes out to get its namesake displacement bump. The 800 retains its smaller sibling’s chassis dimensions, including the claimed 368-pound dry weight, though it offers more suspension adjustment.

The Brutale 800 increases the 2013 Brutale model to five, with the Italian firm announcing three versions of its 1090 in late October. MV is rumored to also have a companion model to the Brutale 800, which sources the same engine spec, expected at the forthcoming EICMA show in Milan.

798cc Inline Triple

The headlining feature of the new Brutale is its 798cc Inline Triple. The 12-valve three-cylinder is based off the engine first developed for the F3 supersport. Displacement boost comes via longer stroke, extended from 45.9mm to 54.3mm, with the 79mm bore unaltered. The 800 runs a higher compression ratio, at 13.3:1, compared to the 675’s 12.3:1. The exhaust system is similar to the 675 Brutale, the three staggered mufflers a striking styling cue shared with the F3.

The new Brutale claims 125 horsepower at 11,600 rpm and 60 lb-ft torque at 8600 rpm, an improvement over the Brutale 675 (108.5 HP at 12,500 and 48 lb-ft at 12,000). The original F3 Triple claims a near identical 126 HP peak as the 800, though it comes at 14,400 rpm and musters only 52 lb-ft peak torque at 10,600. The larger Inline Four Brutale 1090 and 1090R promise 142 HP/82 lb-ft, with the higher-strung RR 156 HP/74 lb-ft.

Both the Triple-powered Brutales incorporate the same hallmark specs debuted on the F3, like the counter-rotating crankshaft. They also make use of the same electronics and MV’s MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System). The system enables ride by wire throttle and four selectable engine maps, one of which is customizable. The MVICS also delivers eight-level traction control.

Primary drive and the gear ratios for the 800's six-speed transmission is identical to the F3 and Brutale 675. The only change comes in the 16/43 final drive ratio, with two extra teeth on the rear sprocket. An electronic assisted shift (EAS) version is offered.
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Fully-adjustable Suspension Upgrades

The Brutale 800 features three-way adjustment for the 43mm Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock. This contrasts the 675 suspension, which only offers preload adjustment.

Otherwise the 800 and 675 chassis appear identical, including the steel-tubed frame and aluminum singlesided swingarm. Dimensions like steering geometry (3.74 inches trail), 54.33 inch wheelbase and 31.89 inch seat height are unchanged.

Braking is handled up front by radial mount Brembo four-piston calipers, pinching 320mm discs. A two-piston Brembo/220mm disc handles duties out back.

Notably the 800 and 675 share the same claimed dry weight at 368 pounds (167 kg), with identical fuel loads at 4.39 gallons. The added horsepower of the 800, however, tips the power to weight ratio to 0.340. That puts it closer to its 1090/1090R brothers (0.352) than the 675 (0.295).

Pricing

At 9900 Euros the Brutale 800 is offered for a 1000 Euro premium over the entry-level 675. It is a full 3000 less than the 1090 Brutale (the 1090R 13,990 Euros and RR a swanky 16,990).

MotoUSA awaits word on US pricing and availability for the new 800.
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Comments
Piglet2010   November 5, 2012 05:58 PM
Since the Brutale is not displacement limited by homologation/racing rules, why even bother with the 675 version? Hardly costs more to make the bigger engine, and the torque boost is a very good thing on a street bike. The 800 probably even gets better mileage than the 675 (which does matter to even the well-heeled MV Agusta buyer, since it increases range).
Superlight   November 3, 2012 05:45 AM
MV hasn't gotten the Brutale 675 launched yet in the US and they announce the 800. Unless the 675 is intended as a price-fighter model (like the Ducati Monster 696) that was a bad move.