MV Agusta has distributed this sketch of its next model. Part Brutale 675 and part Ducati Hypermotard, the MV Agusta Rivale will use a stroked version of the company's new three-cylinder motor, housing it in a large, supermoto-style setup. It'll be released at EICMA in two weeks' time.
Looking at the sketch, it's easy to see what's being borrowed from the F3 and Brutale 675. That motor, to start, then the sexy stacked exhaust the cast aluminum singarm pivot/steel trellis frame appears to be retained, but could be altered to achieve appropriate geometry from the now taller suspension.
What's changed, radically, is the styling. From svelte and almost understated on the F3 and Brutale, the Rivale ers almost Diavel in its use of plastic, an effect likely exaggerated by the two vertical strip rear lights. Those book end a slim, long, supermoto-style one-piece seat. The bars are wearing neat little bash guards, likely emphasizing the Rivale's roll as an urban hooligan bike, while the barely visible front looks extremely minimal. There does not appear to be significant wind protection of any kind. As with all other MVs, suspension, brakes and wheels appear to be top notch.
The end result is going to be a bike that chases a broad torque curve and flexibility over peaky supersport performance. When Triumph stroked its 675 triple to an 800 they took it from 124 to 94bhp, but also from 53 to 58lb/ft, delivered nearly 4,000rpm sooner. The result there is a motor that went from already powerful and easy to use, to torquey and even easier. Perfect for a big (or at least mid-size) supermoto like the Rivale. Like the F3 and Brutale, the Rivale will likely benefit from an advanced, switchable traction control system too. If they can keep the weight down, this thing could be a blast to ride on both city streets and through tight canyons.