How do you top an almost decade old design icon? If you're MV Agusta, you apparently don't bother. Look closely and you'll see that this is, in fact, the 85-percent new 2010 MV Agusta Brutale and not the nearly identical first generation. Still don't believe us? Well look carefully at the headlight, which is a little bit different, and also at the frame, which is also a little bit different. There, see it? Promise we're not lying. Click through for full details of the changes and a weak explanation for why both models are less powerful and heavier than before.
grows from 982.3cc to 998cc and adapts and
undersquare bore and stroke of 76.0mm x 55.0mm. It now develops 139bhp
at 10,600rpm and 78lb/ft of torque at 8,000rpm, all motivating 190kg
(dry). The old Brutale 989 made 142bhp at 10,900rpm and 76lb/ft at
8,100rpm and had to push 185kg (dry). MV is talking the "more flexible"
talk, but we're guessing they had to fit a more restrictive and
therefore heavier exhaust to meet Euro4 emissions regulations.
Yeah, yeah, numbers are just numbers and those are some pretty minor
reductions. But then you get to the
. It makes
144.2bhp at 10,600rpm and 85lb/ft at 8,000rpm and justifies its added
cost ($18,000 versus the 990's $15,00) with a red cylinder cover, a pinstripe and a
slipper clutch. It weighs 190kg (dry). In comparison, the old Brutale
1078RR only made 154bhp at 10,700rpm and 86lb/ft at 8,100rpm and
weighed a positively hefty 185kg (dry). Oh wait, it seems the older
model was more powerful and lighter than the new one.
Where's the beef MV Agusta?