Described as, “The most extreme and essential Brutale ever,” this isn’t the Diavel rival we thought it was going to be, it’s something much more performance-oriented. What makes the 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster unique?
First off, this really is an MV Agusta Brutale 800. It has the same 43mm USD Marzocchi forks, same shocks, same wheelbase, same rake and trail, same trellis/cast frame. Even the three-cylinder motor is the same, producing 125 bhp at 11,600 rpm and 60 lb.-ft. at 8,600 rpm.
So what changes? Look out back. Where the regular Brutale wears a narrower, steeper 180/55-17 tire, the Dragster is equipped with a much wider, 200/50-17 item. The tail section is also dramatically cut off ahead of the rear axle where the donor bike’s extends a couple inches further.
In the cockpit, the regular Brutale is equipped with your average set of flat-ish handlebars. In their place, the Dragster uses stylized, above-the-yoke clip-ons.
Unique, 10-spoke wheels complete the aesthetic upgrades, shown off by the single-sided swingarm which is, again, shared with the regular Brutale.
All three-cylinder MV Agustas are now fitted with ABS as standard and the Dragster is no exception. It also includes the “MVICS” rider-aid electronics package and quickshift.
A new model in looks only? Seems like it. We’ll take a deeper dive into the materials and bring you more details as they develop.