MV Agusta can be credited with creating gorgeous sports bikes high on Italian flair. The iconic Italian brand has launched its naked bike, Brutale 800 couple of months back in July. The Brutale 800 has always looked its name and also matched a similar performance character that demanded devotion. You have to respect the bike and devote your complete attention to get the max out of the bike. MV Agusta has given the Brutale a makeover and the 2017 version has become more evolved but not losing any of the anger. All hail the 2017 MV Agusta Brutale 800.
Without a doubt, the new Brutale 800 with it compact looks and ready-to-pounce stance is right there on top of the best looking bikes list. The design doesn’t shy away from its predecessor’s roots and there is no reason to. The 2017 Brutale gets a new full LED elliptical headlamps with great looking DRLs, sculpted tank, exposed trellis frame, three-pipe exhaust, single side swingarm and swingarm mounted saree guard are some of the things that grab your attention immediately.
The LCD panel for the instrument cluster puts out information that is easy to read but we would have liked an analogue-digital combo to be excited by the rev counter. The horizontal line in the display for the tachometer doesn’t excite you much. But the sound coming from the triple exhaust is pure bliss and gets addictive. Other features of the Brutale 800 include ride by wire technology, traction control with 8 levels of adjustment, hydraulically controlled slipper clutch and Bosch ABS system.
Powering the Brutale 800 is a 798 cc three cylinder engine that makes a maximum power of 109 hp and a peak torque of 83 Nm. The engine is a blast when it comes to power delivery and revs up to 11,500 rpm. Ninety per cent of the total torque is available at 3,800 rpm that helps the bike for a neck breaking launch. Triple digit speeds are achieved faster than you can say OMG and the bike pulls ever more strongly in mid range post 6,000 rpm. The six-speed transmission works like a wonder and electronic EAS 2.0 assists in smooth gear changes. Be it the up shifts or down, the shift assist effortlessly works the gears and is the best you can get in the market.
The nimble bike weighs just 175 kg dry and that helps in changing directions faster than its competition. The balance between stability and manoeuvrability has been tuned to perfection as the Brutale feels at home both in city traffic and on the highways. With a 43 mm Marzocchi upside down forks in the front and fully adjustable Sachs mono shock to the rear, the Brutale gets the best of suspension for handling duties. The stiff suspension does make you feel the irregularities of our roads and though this helps in handling, a softer setup would have been more helpful.
Now to make your ride suit your conditions, there are four driving modes available—Normal, Rain, Sport and Custom. As the names suggest, the characteristics of the engine and transmission tune themselves to offer you the best possible output. For the obvious reasons, Sport mode is the one we liked and it fulfilled the angry personality of the bike. The bike runs with a pair of Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 tyres that take care of grip while the stopping power is offered by double 320 mm floating disc brakes to the front and a single 220 mm disc to the rear.
The Brutale 800 carries the legacy of the MV Agusta with amazing looks, fire-breathing engine, neck-breaking performance and razor sharp handling. All this comes at a price—a back breaking ride and a tag of Rs 15.59 lakh ex-showroom. But then, you don’t get an Italian masterpiece for nothing. Go Brutale.