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Jan 31, 2014

MV Agusta Introduces Brutale 800 Dragster

MV Agusta has launched a new model called the Brutale 800 Dragster, which it claims is the “most extreme and essential Brutale ever.”

This latest machine from the Italian company is based largely on the Brutale 800. The Dragster shares the same 798cc inline triple engine, including its bore of 79.9mm, its stroke of 54.3mm, its compression ratio of 13.3:1, its redline of 13,000 rpm and its claimed power output – 125 horsepower at 11,600 rpm and 58.5 lbs.-ft. of torque at 8600 rpm.

Both bikes have a six-speed cassette-style transmission with Electronic Assisted Shift (EAS) for clutchless, full-throttle upshifts.

Like the Brutale 800, the Dragster also comes with an Eldor EM2.0 Engine Control Unit (ECU) and Mikuni Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies that make up part of the Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS). With MVICS, the Brutale 800 Dragster has a traction control system with nine settings including Off and four different riding modes (Sport, Normal, Rain and Custom). In the Custom riding mode, the rider can tune engine response, the rev limiter, engine torque response, throttle sensitivity and engine braking to their liking.

The powerplant is mounted in a frame composed of a tubular steel trellis and aluminum alloy swingarm pivot locator plates. The single-sided swingarm is made out of aluminum alloy, as are the 3.50 x 17.0-inch front and 6.00 x 17.0-inch rear wheels. Those wheels come wearing Pirelli Diablo Rosso II sport radials, a 120/70-ZR17 on the front and a 200/50-ZR17 on the rear.

The front braking system includes dual 320mm Brembo discs and radial-mounted four-piston Brembo calipers, and a Bosch 9 Plus Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is standard equipment. The inverted 43mm Marzocci forks and the Sachs rear shock are both adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping. And most of the specifications are the same on the Dragster as they are on the Brutale 800, including wheelbase (54.3 inches/1380mm), seat height (32.5 inches/811mm), and claimed dry weight (368 pounds/167 kg).

Most of the differences between the Brutale 800 and the Brutale 800 Dragster appear to be in their styling.

MV Agusta announced that the Brutale 800 Dragster will sell for €13,490 in Italy, but a price for the U.S. market was not immediately available.

A Brutale 800 with EAS has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of €11,080 in Italy.

Update: The Butale 800 Dragster will have a MSRP of $14,758 in the U.S.