Certification documents from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board reveal a new MV Agusta model to be called the Brutale 800 Dragster is on its way for the 2014 model year.
The new Brutale 800 Dragster name first popped up in EPA on-highway motorcycle test data back in July alongside the Brutale 800 and Brutale 675. Meanwhile in California, CARB released a new executive order dated Aug. 16 for MV Agusta’s that certifies the same three Brutale Triples. The notable thing about the CARB executive order is MV Agusta already received an executive order on June 3 for the Brutale 675 and 800 models, but had to re-certify two months later to add the Dragster version.
The documentation reveals the Dragster uses the same engine as the regular Brutale 800, a three-cylinder engine displacing 798cc, so we should expect similar performance to the 800’s claims of 123 hp and 60 ft-lb.
The question remains though of how the Dragster will differ from the regular Brutale 800. On the one hand, it’s entirely possible the Dragster may turn out to be a special edition version with a unique paint job and no mechanical differences. On the other hand, we may also be some changes to the suspension or a longer wheelbase to befit the “Dragster” name.
We’ll likely find out for certain in the months ahead before the 2013 EICMA show in Milan when MV Agusta is expected to reveal its 2014 model lineup.
[Source: CARB, EPA]