First look: MV Agusta Brutale 800

New mid-range Brutale squares up in the space between the 675 and 1090

MV AGUSTA'S Brutale family (a numerous clan until the recent rationalisation that cleaned up the space between the 675 and the 1090) gets a new mid-range member with the new Brutale 800. 

The new engine is a 798cc triple, which will also do duty in the new Rivale. Based on a bored-out 675 engine, it pushes out 125 bhp at 11,600 rpm (up 12 bhp over the 675) for a claimed top speed of 153 mph. Torque is also up nearly 15 per cent to 60 lb-ft, at 8,600 rpm. 

The 167kg (dry), mixed-trellis-and-plate-framed bike sports 320mm twin discs up front, fully adjustable suspension and a substantial package of electronic trickery including eight levels of traction control. 

The new Brutale will be launched at the EICMA bike show in Milan later this month.

UK prices have not been announced yet, but over in Euroland, the standard version will cost you 9,990 euros. Electronically-assisted shift (EAS) is another 400 euros, while the Italia model (with EAS as standard) is yours for 10,990 euros. 

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