2022 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS unveiled globally
MV Agusta has unveiled the Brutale 1000 RS! The unveiling comes after lots of consideration to make the naked bike more accessible to the riders who can’t afford the mighty Brutale 1000 RR. Though it is pitched as ‘affordable Brutale,’ the RS retains the engine and the design of the RR and doesn’t lose anything on the performance front.
So let’s begin this story with the performance info first. The Brutale 1000 RS has the same 998cc 16-valve inline-four engine of the RR which generates 205bhp at 13000 rpm and 116.5Nm at 11000rpm and delivers power to the rear wheel via a six-speed constant-mesh gearbox. Thanks to this, the ‘comfortable’ RS has a top speed figure of 300kmph!
This mighty engine is attached to essentially the same chassis with styling that adheres to the design rules of the Brutale range. So, there is not much difference in terms of the way it looks and absolutely no difference in dimensions and wheelbase. Well, the 17-inch alloy wheels are new. Braking duties are still handled by the Brembo Stylemas pressing against dual 320mm floating discs at the front while the rear makes use of a single 220mm disc with a two-pot Brembo calliper. The high-spec Öhlins active suspension made way for the mechanical 50mm Marzocchi USD forks which are fully adjustable and the rear gets a progressive mono-shock suspension from Sachs.
The daily-rider ergos were the main motive of developing this bike and MV has given several upgrades to improve creature comfort on the RS. It has a softer seat, new footpegs, new mirrors to improve rear visibility on the streets, and raised handlebars. We believe it is because of these changes that the dry weight has gone up by 10kg to 196kg.
Apart from these new changes, the feature list remains the same with a 5.5-inch TFT instrument cluster, Continental MK100 cornering ABS, 8-level traction control, wheelie control, launch control, and app-controlled engine and rider aids setup.
The MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS will launch soon and once launched internationally, the Brutale 1000 RS will lock its horns against the Ducati Streetfighter V4, which is available in India at Rs 20 lakh. And like most MV Agustas, it is unlikely that the RS will be making its way to Indian shores.