MV Agusta have announced the new Brutale 1000 Serie Oro, which will feature a four-cylinder powerplant as well as superbike level performance and specifications.
MV Agusta have announced the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro for 2019 at EICMA, which will see a four-cylinder Brutale model join the range with a 1000cc capacity.
Closely associated with the F4 RC Superbike, which has proven its potential battling for the top positions in the World Superbike Championship, experience accumulated on the racetrack has been poured into the engine of the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro.
The four-cylinder engine does not betray MV Agusta tradition in terms of technological choice, but it does open a new chapter were materials, design and electronics. Peak power is 208hp at 13,450rpm with a peak torque figure of 115.5 Nm. With the dedicated racing kit, consisting of an engineered SC-Project titanium exhaust system and dedicated ECU, the maximum power is increased to 212hp (156kW) at 13,600rpm.
While remaining loyal to the traditional transverse four-cylinder layout and continuing with the decision to employ radial valve positioning in the combustion chamber along with a central timing chain – unique technical characteristics employed only by MV Agusta, the engineers have further evolved the original design, leaving only a few castings untouched in the process.
The titanium radial valves now slide through new sintered valve guides and open up into an entirely redesigned and CNC machined combustion chamber. The camshaft timing has been revamped, with the phasing updated on both the intake and the exhaust sides.
The pistons use new low friction Asso compression rings to improve performance and efficiency, while the crankshaft was redesigned from scratch and rebalanced to reduce to a minimum the vibrations and resulting parasitic power losses at the high rpm.
The lubrication system in the new MV Agusta 4-cylinder 1000 has been entirely redesigned, drawing from Superbike racing experience. The “splitter”, which allows the oil to remain separated from the moving parts, is a solution which comes directly from the racetrack. The result is lubrication that can be considered semi-dry sump and which, regardless of the bike’s position (during high degrees of lean and wheelies), ensures ideal lubrication and contributes to an important reduction of friction.
A friction reduction on the MV Agusta engine, in addition to the new pistons rings and the new lubrication circuit is also applied to the revamped primary drive and transmission, which employ gears precisely designed to reduce friction and noise. Also contributing to the overall noise reduction, are the new clutch and phonic wheel covers which are then encased in carbon fiber to further attenuate noise.
To reach 208hp, the airbox has been entirely re-engineered. A careful study of the intake ducts and the use of special resonators allowed the TSS system (variable height ducts) to be removed, reducing the overall weight of the engine by 1kg while still obtaining an even fuller and more linear power curve.
A double injector system – one near the throttle body and the other above the intake duct – provides precise injected fuel management in order to optimise performance and emissions reduction at any rpm.
A fundamental component is without a doubt the exhaust, custom engineered for the all-new Brutale, the 4-1-4 layout was deemed the best for this type of engine and firing order. The presence of the electronic exhaust valve is useful not only to comply with regulations, but also for managing the counter-pressure in the exhaust system to improve engine torque.
In collaboration with Eldor, MV Agusta has also developed a new ECU dedicated to the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro four-cylinder. Managed by a full multimap Ride-by-Wire system and regulated by an IMU inertial platform. The inertial platform manages both the traction control (which can be adjusted to eight levels or deactivated) and the anti-wheelie system which provides two options: active or inactive. Completing the electronics package are the Launch Control and EAS 2.0 Up & Down electronic gearbox systems, active both in up and downshifting.
While the F4 RC was the starting point for developing the engine in the all-new Brutale, including the “composite chassis structure” with steel trellis connected to aluminium side plates, it significantly on the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro.
The chassis dimensions have been designed to combine the handling of a naked sports bike with the stability of a super sports bike. The rider grips semi-handlebars instead of a more common high handlebar, a choice that emphasises the sporty setup of this bike and provides a ergonomic solution.
Connected to the frame are the single-sided swingarm, with the bike featuring a wheelbase of 1432mm, electronically adjustable Öhlins fork, and triple clamps redesigned from scratch for the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro. The Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber and the steering damper are also managed by a dedicated electronic ECU.
Improving downforce and high-speed stability is clearly visible with the spoilers applied beside the radiator, improving the load on the front wheel at high speed. The downforce effect begins to contribute significantly at speeds over 200 km/h improving stability and acceleration.
The braking system is the new Brembo Stylema calipers that grip 320mm diameter floating rotors. Electronic ABS management is entrusted to the Bosch 9.1 ABS system, the most compact and lightweight on the market. The Brutale 1000 Serie Oro also comes standard with tyre pressure sensors and a Gold Racing chain.
The carbon fibre wheel rims treated with a special transparent red paint contribute to reducing unsprung mass and inertia to a minimum. Carbon fibre is the protagonist of the entire superstructure, including the tail fairing covering. The presence of an anodised red copper wire in the carbon weave gives it unique visual impact and also contributes to improving the rigidity of the structure. The lithium battery was a must, as well as many CNC machined components. The result is a total declared kerb weight of just 184kg.
The Brutale design cannot depart from such strongly characteristic elements as the headlight, fuel tank and tail fairing, all of which were custom designed and engineered for this model. The design is a tribute to the MV Agusta heritage all the way back to the very first Brutale. The headlight is Full LED and can rely on Cornering Lights, controlled by the inertial platform and able to illuminate turns based on the lean angle.
For the first time on a bike, the internal part of the headlight unit is coloured and forms an “X” shape that the steering base also takes on. The equipment includes front and rear Daylight Running Lights which make the bike clearly visible, even in daylight.
All of the vital engine and electronics functions are displayed on the 5-inch colour TFT dashboard with 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The riders smartphone can be connected via Bluetooth to the dashboard to manage incoming calls, texts and music. The purpose of its particular arrangement above the fuel tank
which is fitted with a locking cap made from billet – is to make the front end even more compact and aggressive.
The attention to detail is also evident in the noteworthy features such as the divided rider and passenger seats, the licence plate bracket fixed to the single-sided swingarm, the billet footpeg brackets like those on the ultra special RVS#1 as well as the removable passenger seat that can be replaced with a cover (standard issue), also in carbon fibre.
The fire red colour scheme with matt finish creates an exclusive metallic effect similar to chrome. The exclusive new Brutale 1000 Serie Oro is emphasised by the 300-unit limited edition run and a dedicated kit made up of the titanium exhaust and dedicated mapping.