Right on the heels of the introduction of the “entry-level” (for an MV Agusta) Brutale 675, MV Agusta trotted out a new acme of the Brutale naked sportbike lineup, the 158-horsepower Brutale RR1090, described as a “superbike without fairings.”
Rather than just pay lip service to the ‘naked sportbike’ claim, MV Agusta actually designs and equips its nakeds like superbikes. The RR’s 1078cc inline Four gets new intake tracts, throttle bodies and exhaust valves to make it the most powerful Brutale to date–158 hp at 11,900 rpm, a 14-hp increase over the R 1090′s 144 hp at 10,300 rpm. A slipper clutch (not on the other Brutale models), slightly taller final drive gearing and 8-level traction control (which the lower-spec R model also gets) help cope with that extra juice. Sure, it’s a little “tuned for torque,” compared to the 201 hp at 13,400 rpm of the F4 RR, but 158 hp is a lot on a naked bike–the windblast gets pretty intense in the triple digits.
The chassis is also special. Thanks to a hand-welded chrome-moly tube-steel chassis (TIG welded as compared to the base-model Brutale’s MAG-welded steel) and other weight-saving components, the RR is over 15 pounds lighter than the R’s claimed 419-pound dry weight. It also has forged aluminum wheels, slightly upgraded front suspension (50mm Marzocchi inverted forks) with a little extra travel and monobloc Brembo brake calipers. The color schemes are red/silver, black gray and eye-catching red-white-and-blue ‘America’ livery.
There’s no word on how much the bike will be in the USA (or even if it will be available here), but the Europeans will shell out 18,800 euros (if there is still a euro when the bikes get to the dealers), a 4810-euro premium over the Brutale R. For reference, the 2011 990 R and 1090 RR went for $15,000 and $18,000 respectively according to one online buyer’s guide.