Brutale 800 Dragster, the meaner MV Agusta
Designed for the road, but with the spirit of sport
The MV Agusta Dragster 800 is the black sheep in the MV Agusta family. While both the Brutale and the Rivale are capable motorcycles, the Dragster strives to be even naughtier. Not necessarily better on the road but somewhat more exciting.
MV Agusta is synonymous of great quality bike, powerful engines, design copyright; an excellence of the Made in Italy.
If the passion had a number, for MV Agusta it would be Tre. The egg of Columbus for the home of Schiranna was definitely the 800cc three-cylinder engine that collects the soul of a home able to churn out jewelry on two wheels, tools that, like a good glass of wine, they are not essential to life, but they make good mood. Three, as the cylinders of an engine that combines passion and rationality, which combines shooting at low-medium revs, with the draw length that shakes the heart. Three-cylinder, with that special sound somewhere between soprano and baritone combining malice and sublimation, rock’s notes and classical music.
The superbike market has gone into virtual hibernation with slow sales, but there’s a burgeoning interest in “character” bikes such as naked streetfighters, cafe racers, and supermotards.
If it’s character you’re after, MV Agusta’s new 800 Brutale 800 Dragster oozes the stuff.
Congratulations should go to the design team responsible for shaping the new MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster, for they’ve finally won the war that bike designers have been waging against tail sections for the past 10 years.
For the Dragster features bikedom’s stumpiest rear subframe, allowing the new model to trick the eye into thinking it has a stretched-out look synonymous with the model name by keeping the rear end of the bike extremely brief.
Such minimalism also represents a near total victory of design over practicality as more elongated rear sub-frames are actually quite handy for carting stuff like pillions and luggage
MV Agusta’s 2014 Dragster is a very fashionable variation of the Brutale 800. As such, it encapsulates all the remarkable qualities of the Brutale in a daring design that underlines the exclusive personality of the MV Agusta brand, even if it does represent a departure from the marque’s historical sporting tradition.
In detail, the main features of MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster:
• In-line three-cylinder engine, 798 cc
• Bore 79.0 mm, stroke 54.3 mm
• Maximum power 125 HP-EC (92 kW) at 11,600 rpm
• Maximum torque 81 Nm at 8,600 rpm
• Limiter at 13,000 rpm
• Dry weight 167 kg
• Power-weight ratio 1.34 kg/HP
• Tyres Pirelli DIABLO Rosso II 120/70 – ZR 17 front, 200/50 – ZR 17 rear