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MV Agusta Introduces Redesigned Brutale 1090, Drops Smaller Displacement Four-Cylinder Brutale

MV Agusta today announced that its 2013 Brutale four-cylinder range will consist of three models designated the Brutale 1090, 1090 R, and 1090 RR. The three-cylinder Brutale 675 remains in the line-up, of course, but their will be no lower displacement four-cylinder Brutale for 2013.

Two power levels will be offered, with the Brutale 1090 RR receiving the most powerful engine.  All of the details are provided below, and some of the changes are subtle.  Daytime running lights are added and the color of the engine is now silver.  New wheels are roughly 3-1/2 pounds lighter and other subtle changes are made to the exhaust silencers, tail light, rear view mirrors and licence plate holder.  Finally, the seat has been redesigned, as well as the front fender.

Whether you choose one of the less powerful versions (with 144 hp) or the Brutale 1090 RR (with 158 hp), you will have a beautiful, rare . . . and expensive motorcycle.  Here is the full press release from MV Agusta:

The most celebrated four-cylinder naked has been redesigned with increased charm, components and quality of finish.

Three Brutale variants with three distinct characters. The Brutale 4 cylinder 2013 range is based on three new models: Brutale 1090, Brutale 1090 R and Brutale 1090 RR.


In detail, the main features of MV Agusta Brutale are:

  • In-line four cylinder engine with two configurations of maximum power
  • Traction control adjustable on 8 levels
  • Modular frame with tubular steel trellis section and aluminum plates offering a high torsional stiffness
  • Single-sided swing arm with adjustable absorber
  • 50 mm diameter inverted forks
  • Brakes with radial front calipers


Form and function: following these inspirational principles Brutale continues to fascinate and has evolved in many details. Having immediate impact are the lighting elements, day running lights, arranged symmetrically on either side of the dashboard cover: capable of enhancing the whole frontal section, also making the motorcycle more visible and therefore safe during day and night. Another ray of light comes from the four-cylinder engine, now silver, a color that emphasizes its compactness and accurate implementation of all its elements. The same chromatic range characterizes the new wheels, a unique design in the motorcycle industry: the multiple spokes are split and give rise to a fascinating design and the same time efficient, considering the weight of a pair of wheels has been decreased by about 1.500 grams compared to those fitted on previous models. The two new double exhaust silencers, a key element of the design, have become even more racing thanks to tapered ends, with a decisive diagonal cut reminiscent of American dragsters. The surface finish enhances its compact size; the new aluminum plate that prevents contact with the pipes has been redefined.

Updated features also for the new tail light, now with latest technology contour illumination, and rear view mirrors having a revised design for the Brutale 1090. On Brutale 1090 R and Brutale 1090 RR the indicators are integrated within the mirrors, benefitting look and dimensions; on these same models, the rear indicators use LEDs. The license plate holder is now metal, lighter and essential, and therefore able to further enhance the design of the compact, unique tail. On Brutale 1090 the new single piece seat benefits from new curves, improved ergonomics and a higher level of finish. Lastly, the front fender has also been redesigned with ample openings to reduce weight.


The inline four-cylinder architecture of the MV Agusta is part of history and this engine is found on the complete Brutale range. With a displacement of 1078 cc, it employ’s a bore and stroke of 79mm and 55 mm. Unique to the motorcycle industry is the double overhead camshaft with four valves per cylinder which are arranged in a radial pattern. The engine employs both water and oil cooling with separate radiators. Two engine configurations are offered, they are characterized by different values of maximum power and torque: Brutale 1090 and Brutale 1090 R reach 144 hp (106 kW) at 10,300 rev / min and 112 Nm (11.4 kgm) of torque; Brutale 1090 RR reaches the impressive power of 158 hp (116.5 kW) at 11,900 rev / min and 100 Nm (10.2 kgm) of torque at 10,100 rev / min. The cassette style removable gearbox is a six speed, constant mesh, another touch that makes MV Agusta exclusive. The multi-plate clutch in runs in an oil bath and on the Brutale 1090 RR it employs race track derived slipper clutch unit.


The composite frame of the Brutale is composed of the high strength tubular ALS steel front section coupled to the single sided swingarm by two aluminum plates. This configuration provides the best balance between efficiency and weight, as well as a characteristic of every MV Agusta. Size and dimensions remain the same: wheelbase of 1438 mm Brutale 1090 RR (1430mm on Brutale 1090 and Brutale 1090 R), trail of 103.5 mm.


Brutal continues to be the benchmark for handling thanks to the continually refined and improved suspension. The 50 mm diameter front forks are fully adjustable by means of special external adjusters: compression on one leg, rebound on the other and spring preload on both legs. The new axle carrier allows quick release of the front wheel: a touch of functionality typically found only on race bikes. The shock is completely tunable with some distinctions depending on the version: on the Brutale 1090 and Brutale 1090 R it is possible to adjust the rebound and spring preload; Brutale 1090 RR offers a wider range of adjustment, in addition to the spring preload and rebound damping it is also possible to vary the low and high speed hydraulic compression damping.


The braking system of every Brutale employs components of the highest quality: two front discs 310 mm in diameter for Brutale 1090 and Brutale 1090 R, 320 mm discs are used on the and Brutale 1090 RR, floating, with steel braking disks and an aluminum disk carrier. The rear disc is also made of steel with a diameter of 210 mm. Calipers are four-piston front and rear; Brutale 1090 RR employs Brembo monobloc front calipers for maximum braking efficiency and weight reduction.

Colors and pricing

The new Brutale range is offered in 3 color combinations for each model with pricing starting at 12.990€*.

Brutale 1090:

– Matt Black – Matt pearl white – Matt metallic grey

Brutale 1090 R:

– Metallic black – Pastel red – Silver

Brutale RR:
– Pastel red/Silver – Metallic gold/Pearl white – Metallic blue/Pearl white

*Every country could have a price variation due to local import duties and taxes.


  1. Gary says:

    I just searched for MV Agusta motorcycles. Is there now no US distributor for these?

    • Norm G. says:

      eraldo’s the US distributor, always has been. last i checked, he had the warehouse, but admittedly that was some time ago.

    • JohnG says:

      Fay Myers Motorcycle World in Colorado is an MV dealer. If I ever have the money, this is the bike for me.

  2. Harry says:

    Raise the handlebars and lower the pegs please.

  3. HotDog says:

    Does NASA have to fly around the backside for us to see the BlueCheese on the left side of the machine? I may dress on the right side of my pants all of the time, but will this thing turn left?

  4. joe b says:

    are the cam lobes angled or does this engine have dual followers?

  5. blackcayman says:


  6. Tim says:

    Still the most beautiful bike made, hands down. And the sound is glorious.

  7. Provalogna says:


  8. Allworld says:

    I am a fan of the nakeds/street-fighter style bikes and this one is gourjous. It’s time for a shootout with the big guns; Aprilia, Tuono V4, Triumph Speed Triple 1050, Ducati, Streetfighter 1098, and this new MV Agusta, Brutale 1090.

  9. Bud says:

    I sure would like to see one of the Japanese manufacturers use the Brutale as inspiration for an affordable sporty streetbike. Come on Kawasaki, that Z1000 is just a mess. Put that motor in a bike like this!

    But if it’s primarily black, don’t shoot photos with a black background!

    • Dave says:

      There have been plenty. The Z1000, Yamaha Fz1, Honda CB1000R, Ducati Monster (not Japanese), Etc.

      • Bud says:

        By “using the Brutale as inspiration” I meant the trellis frame, single sided swingarm, etc. The bikes you list are vaguely similar at best.

        • Dave says:

          They are high performance naked bikes, all very comparable and unique to themselves (forgot the Speed Triple). Aesthetic features are image driven. Why would a major brand copy MV or Ducati?

          Honda and Duc have the SS swingarm. Ducati has the Trellis frame, Kawi the multi-exhaust. One might ask MV where their inspiration came from? There are several excellent nakes sport bikes out there at a bunch of different price points.

    • Trent says:

      The Z1000 is it’s own bike, with it’s own style. It’s not a mess at all.

  10. Gary says:

    Real nice bikes, but those prices are useless to us US riders, and I can seem to find a converter that is making sense with what it comes up with. Shame they done away with the smaller Brutale. I thought they were hoping to make the MV’s more affordable.

    • Vrooom says:

      Those prices are in Euros. While you typically can’t just multiply the Euro price by the exchange rate to get the USD price, as US importation usually has it’s own price set, the exchange rate is about 1 Euro to $1.30 USD.

  11. Chuck Smith says:

    Reading this I believe it is only related to the 4 cylinder models. Was there a lower displacement 4 cyl no longer on the list?

  12. Tyler says:

    Well, I guess I was the only one hoping to see the 675 engine in the Brutale. Sign, then again there is always the Street Triple which is no slouch.

  13. ABQ says:

    You may as well have put these photos in the centerfold

  14. Nick says:

    Beautiful bikes.