MV Agusta, the iconic but often troubled Italian manufacturer, is bouncing back with a new, high-end, version of its three-cylinder Dragster 800.
The Dragster 800 RC stands for Reparto Corse, the Italian for ‘racing department’ and comes in a livery inspired by the MV Agusta F4 raced with some success by Brit Leon Camier in the 2017 Superbike World Championship.
MV has introduced a raft of technical upgrades to the 140bhp 798cc triple that improve efficiencies and reduce friction, in line with the latest emissions regulations. A new exhaust system, which is fitted with a valve in the manifold, is said to pass Euro 4 noise tests, while ‘amplifying’ the distinctive three-cylinder growl. Other key changes, carried out across the Brutale range, include a revised cylinder head, starter motor and balance shaft.
While mechanical changes have been brought in to meet the new regulations, the new electronics have been designed to enhance the riding experience. New engine mappings have been developed specifically for the RC version, while the eight-level traction control and quickshifter have both been tweaked for better performance.
You don’t have to speak Italian to know what the word ‘Brutale’ means and the pugilistic styling remains every bit as aggressive as the name suggests. From the stubby nose to the huge 200 section rear tyre, the updated MV certainly looks the part.
The MV Agusta Brutale 800 RC is due in showrooms soon, although no prices have been announced yet. However, with the RR model costing over £13,000, don’t expect to get much change from £15,000 if the top spec model tickles your fancy.