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2013 MV Agusta Brutale 1090, 1090R and 1090RR Revealed
MV Agusta teased its four-cylinder Brutales last week with a video, and today, the Italian manufacturer released official details on its three-model 2013 Brutale 1090 line. Despite the 1090cc labels shown in the teaser, it appears the new Brutales will keep the 2012 models’ 1078cc engine displacement.
The base-model MV Agusta Brutale 1090 will be joined by a slightly pricier 1090R version and an even higher level 1090RR (pictured above). All three models feature an eight-level traction control system, tubular steel trellis frame with aluminum plates, single-sided swingarms, ten-spoke wheels, 50mm inverted forks and radial-mount Brembo calipers.
Though all three models are equipped with 1078cc four-cylinder engines with double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder in a radial arrangement. MV Agusta will offer two different versions of the engine however, with the 1090 and 1090R getting an engine claiming 142hp and 82.6 ft-lb. The 1090RR meanwhile, sacrifices some torque for more horsepower, with MV Agusta claiming 156hp and 73.8 ft-lb. All three models use cassette-style six-speed transmissions, while the RR version equipped with a slipper clutch.
All three models are equipped with fully-adjustable 50mm forks. Spring preload is adjustable on both legs while compression is adjusted on one leg and rebound on the other. The rear suspension on the 1090 (pictured directly above) and 1090R have adjustable rebound and spring preload while the 1090RR’s rear shock has adjustable hydraulic compression damping.
The entire line is equipped with dual front brake discs. The 1090 and 1090R use 310mm discs while the RR uses a 320mm disc while adding monobloc calipers.
Other features include daytime running lights, updated taillight and a new double exhaust design. The mirrors have also been redesigned with the 1090R and 1090RR versions with integrated turn signals. MV Agusta hasn’t released any weight figures, but the new wheels and redesigned front fender should make the 2013 Brutales lighter than the 2012 models’ claimed dry weight of 403.5 pounds.
The 2013 MV Agusta Brutale 1090 will come in matte black, matte pearl white or matte metallic gray and will be offered at a price of 12,990 euros (US$16,962). A bit pricier at 13,990 euros (US$18,268) is the MV Agusta Brutale 1090R which will come in metallic black, pastel red or silver, though the extra thousand euros may be a bit much just for integrated turn signals and a higher-end paint job. The top-of-the-line MV Agusta 1090RR will be offered in pastel red and silver, metallic gold and pearl white or metallic blue and pearl white with a 16,990 euro (US$22,186) price tag. These prices are for Europe however; U.S. pricing and availability has yet to be announced.
[Source: MV Agusta]