MV Agusta has announced an affordable variant of its litre-class naked roadster motorcycle, Brutale 1000 for the international markets. The new model is called the Brutale 1000 RS, and it packs a relatively lower-spec hardware and friendlier ergonomics than the RR version. The new MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS is available from 25,500 euro onwards as against 32,300 euro for the RR version. Here we explain all the details of the new MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS.
The biggest change on the RS model is its suspension setup. This lower-spec variant of the naked roadster uses manually-adjustable Marzocchi front forks and a Sachs rear mono-shock instead of the semi-active, electronically-adjustable Ohlins units on the Brutale 1000 RR. The front forks are adjustable for rebound-compression damping and external spring preload. The rear mono-shock can be adjusted for rebound and compression (High speed/Low speed) damping and spring preload.
While the RS model misses the semi-active Ohlins forks, it retains Ohlins EC steering damper with electronic manual and automatic adjustment modes. The braking setup on the motorcycle includes 320mm dual discs with Brembo Stylema four-piston callipers at the front and a 220mm single rotor with two-piston calliper at the back.
MV Agusta has also updated the rider’s triangle on the RS model for more upright ergonomics than the RR variant. The Brutale 1000 RS uses a slightly tall-set handlebar than the RR version for a more comfortable riding position. MV Agusta has also revised the rear-view mirrors for a better view.
The changes on the RS model are limited to hardware changes. The styling and the features, on the other hand, remain similar to the RR model. Thus, the new RS variant retains a sharp and a muscular design along with a split-style saddle, a single-sided swingarm, and a tall-set exhaust setup. The new Brutale 1000 RS is available in two, dual-tone colours – Ago Red with Matte Metallic Dark Grey and Magnum Silver with Matte Metallic Dark Grey. Both paint options use a black finish to the frame and the wheels.
The mechanical specifications are similar to the RR variant, and the RS version, too, uses a Euro5-compliant, 998cc, inline-four, liquid-cooled engine. Linked to a six-speed gearbox, the motor makes 205bhp of maximum power at 13,000rpm and 116.5Nm of peak torque at 11,000rpm. The top-speed of the Brutale 1000 RS, similar to the RR model, is rated at over 300kmph. The six-speed gearbox benefits from the MV EAS 3.0 bidirectional quickshifter as standard.
The feature list on the Brutale 1000 RS include full-LED lighting and a Bluetooth-enabled 5.5-inch TFT display. The electronic rider aids include launch control system, wheelie control, traction control, four maps, Ohlins EC with electronic manual and automatic adjustment modes, cornering ABS, and rear wheel lift-up mitigation.