While, at 158bhp, this new 2012 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR can’t claim to be the most powerful Brutale ever produced, it can claim to be the most powerful road legal Brutale ever. Last year’s Cannonball special edition made 165bhp, but was track-only. Satisfied, pedants? Good, because the rest of this bike is pretty damn awesome, starting with that 750 S America paint scheme.
This new 1090RR uses the same 1,078cc inline-four as before, fitting it with more extreme cam profiles, cleaner intake tracts and larger throttle bodies to up power from 145 to 158bhp. It comes equipped with a slipper clutch, revised engine mapping and 8-mode traction control.
As with other high-end MV’s, the CroMo steel chassis is TIG welded and features adjustable steering geometry. Front suspension is by DLC-coated, 50mm Marzocchi USD forks; rear is a Sachs shock with both high and low speed compression adjustment. As you’d expect, there’s Brembo Monoblock calipers and 320mm discs. Those stop new forged aluminum wheels that shed 1kg in unsprung weight over the old cast items.
Additional whizz bang is provided by a projector beam/LED headlight and LED turn signals.