MV

Highlights

Cafe racer riding positionCredible rider sida for powerBased on MV F4 superbike

At a glance

Owners" reliability rating: Annual servicing cost: Power: Seat height: Weight:
4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
£450
205 bhp
Tall (33.3 in / 845 mm)
Medium (482 lbs / 218 kg)

Prices


With 205bhp và an outrageous price tag, the 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000RR is about as irrelevant as a road bike gets. You can’t use anywhere near all its power away from a track and at that kind of money you probably wouldn’t want lớn anyway.

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It’s no better than the cream of its much cheaper super naked rivals, either. But underneath its layers of shiny paint & away from its designer labels, decadent styling & fancy electronics it’s a well-sorted, involving, refined & capable motorcycle. It’s still raw, unapologetically angry & lacks real-world grunt, but it’s the best MV have produced in a very long time.


Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

It’s based on the even more exotic, carbon-wheeled, titanium-drenched 2019 Brutale 1000 Serie Oro – a bike that probably passed you by, as it did us with no press launch & none seen in the wild.

So best to think of it as a naked F4 1000 superbike with even more power. Unlike other straight-barred super nakeds, the MV has slightly raised clip-ons, giving you the sense you’re on a stripped-down superbike, or the world’s most unhinged café racer. 

In recent years you’ve always known what you’re going lớn get with an MV: an F4 will be fast, loud, beautiful, but slightly heavy & awkward và until recently an F3 will be all of the above with a slightly remote-feeling ride-by-wire throttle (they’re better now).

But the marriage here between F4 mechanicals & F3 tech is a successful one và the Brutale 1000RR works as a normal motorcycle. Even its bar over mirrors (blue tinted, of course – it’s Italian) are big enough to lớn let you see where you’ve just been and sat in mild a race crouch, the wind protection is surprisingly good compared khổng lồ an upright super naked.

Just paddling the MV around it’s clear it’s no featherweight & on our scales, fully fuelled, it weighs 218.5kg (dry claimed is 186kg), but it’s stable at high speed và through fast, smooth corners its deliciously unflappable. Steering is nicely balanced và with so much grip, electronic control & fearsome stopping power, you’ll need a track lớn get anywhere near its limits. 

F4s have always been stiff & this is no different. Even with the suspension softened-off it can be harsh and fidgety over bumps, where its hard seat joins in lớn give your backside a kicking for good measure.


MV’s F4 inline four is packed with low friction parts, boosting power to lớn 205bhp, including new valve guides, cams, piston rings, crank, airbox, intakes và ECU.

It’s excessively quick & sounds lượt thích the devil in a food blender at 13,000rpm, but MV have at last got the basics right. Its ride-by-wire still lacks the rich, carburetted feel of its rivals, but when you twist the throttle it goes smoothly forward & when you release it again it slows down at the rate you’d expect.

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Better still it’s electronic rider sida are đứng top drawer, which is handy with over 200bhp at your right wrist and if you want a soft power and suspension set-up for the wet, just flick in to Rain mode và the MV is anything but brutal. Even the Pirelli Super Corsas have more grip in dodgy conditions than you’d give them credit for.

On dry tarmac the MV is, of course, ludicrously quick– a crunching, primal assault on your ears on & off the throttle, with acceleration khổng lồ rival any current superbike. That’s a given, but away from its searing top end the inline four is smooth and controllable, but there’s little in the way of grunt. You’ll need a flurry of down changes lớn overtake traffic, unless you want khổng lồ inch past like a 125 – it’s that flat down there.


Reliability và build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

If you like the idea of an exotic naked Italian superbike & have the cash, you won’t be disappointed by the way the new Brutale 1000RR goes, stops, handles and sounds.

You’ll love its lavish finish, too, apart from the exposed electrical blocks & wiring in the engine bay, which is a disappointment. Under new ownership the Varese firm have improved reliability và with a UK importer now fully up & running, spares supply shouldn’t be a problem.


Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
2 out of 5 (2/5)

Is it worth ten grand more than an Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory? Of course not. Nor is it as well rounded & accomplished as a Ducati Streetfighter V4 S or new KTM 1290 Super Duke R, but for the ultimate in showy, super naked decadence the MV Agusta will be right up your strada, if you’ve got cash to lớn splash. Other, cheaper options also include Yamaha"s MT-10, which start at £16,398 less (2021 prices).

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Whether or not you lượt thích the way it looks, you can’t deny that it’s sculpted lớn within an inch of its life. Wings, scoops, slots, strakes and four cartoon exhausts, there’s a sliver of a seat pad for each buttock.

The tooling for that little lot alone must’ve cost a fortune. Its colour dash looks like something out of an Italian hypercar and it’s bejewelled with shiny Brembo Stylemas, semi-active Öhlins suspension, lashings of carbon fibre, cornering LED headlights & every conceivable electronic rider aid. địa chỉ another two wheels & it would be a Dubai millionaire’s Lambo.