The in-line four-cylinder architecture is part of MV Agusta’s history, which is fully expressed in the engine found in the entire Brutale range. The engine displaces 1078 cc, with a bore and stroke of 79 mm and 55 mm respectively. The double overhead camshaft with four valves per cylinder, arranged in a radial pattern, is unique in the motorcycling industry. It is liquid cooled with a separate radiator cooling the oil.
Two engine configurations are offered, featuring different maximum power and torque levels. The Brutale 1090 reach 144 hp (106 kW) at 10,300 rpm and 112 Nm (11.4 kg) of torque. The Brutale 1090 RR achieves an impressive 158 hp (116.5 kW) at 11,900 rpm and 100 Nm (10.2 kg) of torque at 10,100 rpm . The gearbox is a six speed, constant mesh, and fully removable: another touch that makes MV Agusta bikes exclusive. The multi-plate clutch in an oil bath on the Brutale 1090 RR employs a racetrack derived slipper clutch unit.
Form and function: following these inspirational principles, the Brutale continues to fascinate. Having immediate impact are the day running lights, arranged symmetrically on either side of the instrument cluster fairing, enhancing the entire front section whilst also making the motorcycle more visible and therefore safer during day and night.
Another ray of light comes from the four-cylinder engine, now silver, a colour that emphasises its compactness and the careful placement of each of its elements. The same chromatic range characterises the new wheels, a unique design in the motorcycle world with split multiple spokes that give rise to a captivating design which is at the same time efficient, like the two new twin exhaust silencers, a key element of the Brutale’s configuration, together with the new front lights.
The composite frame of the Brutale consists of a high-strength tubular ALS steel front section and two aluminium plates in the single-sided swingarm pivot zone.
This configuration provides an optimal balance between efficiency and weight and gives every MV Agusta a highly distinctive look.
Basic dimensions and measurements remain unaltered: a wheelbase of 1438 mm on the Brutale 1090 RR (1430 mm on the Brutale 1090) and a trail of 103.5 mm.
The Brutale continues to be the standard for motorcycle riding pleasure because of its constantly refined and perfected suspension. The 50 mm diameter front fork is fully adjustable by means of special external adjusters with compression on one leg, rebound on the other and spring preload on both.
The new fork bottom allows quick release of the front wheel: a touch of functionality typically found only on race bikes. The response of the monoshock can be fully customised with some distinctions depending on the version. On the Brutale 1090 the rebound and spring preload are adjustable.
On the Brutale 1090 RR there is a wider adjustment range with variable low and high speed hydraulic compression damping, in addition to the spring preload and rebound damping.
The braking system on every Brutale motorcycle employs only the highest quality components with two 310 mm diameter floating front discs on the Brutale 1090 and Brutale 1090 R and 320 mm diameter discs on the Brutale 1090 RR; a 210 mm steel disk is fitted to the rear. Both front and rear feature four-piston callipers. The Brutale 1090 RR uses Brembo monobloc front callipers for ultimate braking efficiency at the lowest weight. The ABS system, developed in cooperation with Bosch, is equipped with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation).