2021 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR

MV Agusta introduced the limited-edition Brutale 1000 RR Series Oro in 2019; now a mass production version gets refinements for 2021.

© Provided by Cycle World   MV Agusta’s Brutale 1000 RR has received many revisions on its way to a full production model.

By Bruno dePrato, Cycle World

MV Agusta unveiled the Brutale 1000 RR during EICMA 2018 and the public elected it the most beautiful bike of the show. In MV Agusta tradition, that was the Oro limited edition, manufactured in 2019 as a series of 300 numbered units. All immediately sold out, confirming the accolades of the public eye at EICMA 2018. Now the Brutale 1000 RR enters regular production after nearly one year of meticulous research and refinement.

“We wanted to make the Brutale 1000 RR the user-friendliest superbike replica naked on the market,” CPE and CRC Director Brian Gillen underlined. “The Brutale 1000 RR has enormous potential, but we wanted to make it accessible and fully enjoyable to riders of different grades of experience, in absolute safety on any type of roads and at the track. It took a huge effort in research and development, particularly in electronics, optimization of weight distribution, and aerodynamics. And we are immensely proud of our achievements in every department and in the global final result. The new Brutale 1000 RR is the result of very hard work in all humility—double-checking every step to avoid mistakes. No shortcuts, no complacencies.”

© Provided by Cycle World   MV Agusta defines the Brutale 1000 RR as a naked superbike.

MV Agusta’s Brutale 1000 RR is the Italian firm’s superbly refined naked superbike powered by a totally revised edition of the 79mm bore by 50.9mm stroke, 998cc MV Agusta four. The lubrication system has been completely recalculated in terms of flow and routing to better control temperatures of both the engine and lubricant. The semi-dry sump system prevents the oil from sloshing around and creating a “fluid friction” that would increase the oil temperature and rob power. The oil is now in the right place for maximum reliability. Friction has been reduced in every functional aspect of the engine by adopting new piston rings, camshaft profiles, and valve guides.

The thermodynamic section of the engine remains highly exclusive with its radial valves, a sophisticated geometry that uses slightly conical cam lobes in addition to CNC machining of each combustion chamber individually with a pretty high compression ratio of 13.4:1. All very expensive, but the superior volumetric efficiency is a very positive payback in terms of top power—a claimed 208 hp at 13,000 rpm and, more importantly, a peak torque of 86 pound-feet at 11,000 rpm—the torque curve sporting a generous profile starting from as low as 3,500 rpm.

© Provided by Cycle World   Ram-air nostrils are set at each side of the LED headlight for increased power at high speed.

To assist the voracity of the torque delivery, in addition to the new cam profiles, velocity stacks of two different heights have been adopted on the two pairs of cylinders. Each inlet port features two injectors: a Mikuni at the lower end of the intake runner and a Magneti Marelli at the top in shower mode. The large volume airbox breathes through two nostrils set at each side of the headlight thus ensuring a positive ram-air forced induction at high speed. To reduce inertia of the crank assembly, a finely balanced crankshaft and titanium connecting rods have been adopted. While much attention was paid to the revision of the engine in terms of mechanical and thermodynamic efficiency, the evolution of the electronics suite is tenfold.

MV Agusta, in cooperation with Eldor, developed a new and more powerful ECU, the EM20, capable of ultrafast response and great flexibility. In addition to the potential of the hardware, Brian and his team approached the theme of how the various functions should better assist the rider in terms of clearer perception of the support they would receive in terms of both safety with better extraction of the performance potential of the bike.

© Provided by Cycle World   A 5-inch TFT color dash is used to control the rider’s selections and bluetooth functions.

The electronics suite includes an IMU inertial platform that analyzes and keeps track of every parameter of a dynamic two-wheeled vehicle and consequently transfers the related information to the ECU that modulates the inputs to the engine controls to prevent overenthusiastic riders from getting into trouble. The system controls front wheel lift and the rear wheelspin under acceleration in all conditions. This combined function is fundamental to ensure perfect control of the bike even accelerating hard out of a corner with the bike well cranked over. The rider has four riding modes (Rain, Custom, Sport, Race) at their disposal. The system also includes a launch control function that actively modulates the throttle action in relation to the front wheel lift and to the rear wheelspin from a standing start.

MV Agusta claims the Brutale 1000 RR presents an execution of absolute excellence down to every component. Öhlins provided all the suspension units: an Öhlins NIX EC 43mm fork, an Öhlins TTX EC rear shock absorber attached to the highly distinctive single-sided swingarm, and finally an Öhlins EC steering damper. All the units are electronically controlled in semi-active mode, which means they do not offer an “automatic” function based on the riding style or the road conditions, but rather they demand that the rider selects the level of response depending on the type of riding.

© Provided by Cycle World   Öhlins suspension semi-active electronic suspension is used on the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR and is matched to a single-sided swingarm.

Brakes are provided by Brembo with twin 320mm rotors and Stylema four-piston calipers. Needless to say that the brakes are ABS modulated. The steel tubing trellis frame is strong and compact, featuring a 55.7-inch wheelbase, with a 24-degree rake and 3.8-inch trail. The bike rolls on Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tires sized 120/70-17 at front and 200/55-17 at rear.

The 5-inch TFT screen of the instrumentation acts as a multifunction connectivity center offering Bluetooth interface to smartphones and also acts as navigation system. In all, the Brutale 1000 RR marks a dramatic evolution in the quality of MV Agusta models. The Brutale 1000 RR is a 186-mph-capable naked superbike that offers very good flexibility and comfort. A great combination.

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2021 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR
MV Agusta introduced the limited-edition Brutale 1000 RR Series Oro in 2019; now a mass production version gets refinements for 2021.
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