To look at, the 2016 Brutale 800 isn't really all that different from the outgoing model. It's still a handsome beast though, and is sure to provide a maximum-thrills riding experience
Fifteen years after they unveiled the very first Brutale 750 (in September 2000, at Intermot, in Munich), MV Agusta have taken the wraps off the new, 2016-spec Brutale 800 and the bike looks as good as ever. Okay, maybe not as spectacular as it seemed to be all those years ago, but still sharp and handsome and beautiful. The 2016 Brutale 800 gets a new elliptical full-LED headlamp, LED turn indicators, revised three‐pipe exhaust, new fuel tank and an updated, Euro4-compliant three-cylinder 798cc engine. Power output has gone from 125bhp at 11,600rpm down to 116bhp at 11,500rpm, while torque has increased from 81Nm at 8,600rpm to 83Nm at 7,600rpm. The new Brutale seems to promise a lot of low- and mid-range stomp, since MV claim that 90% of the torque is available at just 3,800rpm.
The 2016 Brutale is as high-tech as its predecessor and is equipped with Bosch 9 Plus ABS, 8-level traction control, electronically assisted quickshift, slipper clutch and ride-by-wire throttle. The bike’s wheelbase has been increased by 20mm and now stands at 1400mm. Suspension is comprised of 43mm Marzocchi USD fork and Sachs monoshock, both being fully adjustable. There are twin 320mm brake discs at front, with Brembo’s radial-mount 4-piston callipers. The bike rides on new 17-inch alloy wheels, shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres (fitted as original equipment for the first time ever on a standard production bike) for maximum grip.
For a pure, unadulterated naked sportsbike riding experience, the 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 might be hard to beat.