Tuesday, November 06, 2007

First pics: 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR, 989R and F4 RR 312

The 2008 MV Agusta F4 RR 312 packs a new 1078cc, 190bhp engine!

MV Agusta have released pics of their ‘new’ old bikes – the 2008 MV Agusta F4 RR 312 and the Brutale 1078RR. The new F4 RR, essentially based on the earlier F4 1000R and F4 CC models, gets a DOHC, radial valve, 1078cc inline-four (in place of the old bike’s 996cc engine), and power is now up to 190bhp. This, apparently, is enough to blast the bike all the way up to its top speed of 312km/h!

The F4 RR 312 is also fitted with a cassette-type, six-speed gearbox, slipper clutch, and Brembo brakes with radial-mount monoblock calipers and twin 320mm discs at front. Suspension is 50mm USD Marzocchi forks (with carbon-nitride coating on the sliders) and fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. The tubular steel trellis/cast aluminum alloy chassis continues as before.

And this is the 150bhp 2008 Brutale 1078RR...

More pics of various Brutale variants. From left, the first two pics are of the Brutale 989 and the the third one is the Brutale Hydrogen. Yeah, whatever...
Pics: Motoblog

The new Brutale also gets the F4 RR's 1078cc engine, but in a milder state of tune. Still, with 154bhp at the crank, the new Brutale 1078R is the most powerful naked sportsbike MV have ever made. There's also the new Brutale 989R, with a 982cc, DOHC inline-four that makes 141bhp at the crank. Both Brutales also get new graphics and paint schemes, adjustable 50mm USD Marzocchi, adjustable Sachs shock, Brembo brakes with radial-mounted four-piston calipers (monoblock on the 1078RR!) and forged aluminum Brembo wheels. The tubular steel trellis/cast aluminum alloy chassis and cast aluminum single-sided swingarm have not been changed.

We think both the bikes - the new Brutale and the F4 RR - still look good after all these years, but maybe MV should now start thinking about their replacements. And to begin with, a 1000cc V6-powered MV Agusta F6, with fresh, new styling from Tamburini should heat things up a bit…!

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