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by David Swarts
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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
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
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.