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.
The 2010 MV Agusta 990R 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 2010 MV Agusta 1090RR. 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?