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Headline: Brutale gets even more brutal
Intro: More power and advanced traction control brings Brutale bang up to date for 2012
This is admittedly not the most brutal Brutale in the entire history of MV Agusta, that honour goes to the 123kW Cannonball version unveiled by the company in 2010. But unlike that special model, the 2012 Brutale isn’t restricted to use on the track.
MV Agusta has opted to retain the Brutale’s 1,078cc inline-four engine, but has upped power from 108kW to 116.5kW at 11,900rpm thanks to new camshafts and larger throttle bodies, while torque peaks at 100Nm.
The company has also revised the model’s engine mapping to make the most of the increase in power and treated it to 8-mode traction control and a slipper clutch.
The traditional tubular steel frame of the current Brutale is carried over to the 2012 model, but a number of changes should ensure better handling.
Front suspension comes in the shape of 50mm Marzocchi USD forks while the rear is sprung with a Sachs shock which includes a high and low speed compression adjustment. Top-notch stopping power is ensured by Brembo Monoblock callipers and 320mm discs.
<B>2012 MV Agusta Brutale RR 1090 Specs:</B>
• Type: Four cylinder, 4 stroke, 16 valve
• Timing system: DOHC radial valve
• Total displacement: 1,078 cm3 (65.78 cu. in.)
• Compression ratio: 13:1
• Bore x stroke: 79mm x 55mm(3.1in. x 2.2in.)
• Cooling system: Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators
• Engine management system: Magneti Marelli IAW 5SM ignition - injection integrated system with Mikuni throttle body; induction discharge electronic ignition; sequential timed "Multipoint" electronic injection
• Clutch: Wet, multi-disc with mechanical anti- surging device
• Transmission: Cassette style; six speed, constant mesh
• Primary drive: 50/79
• Gear ratio: First gear: 13/38 107.2 km/h (66.7 mph) at 12200 r.p.m.; Second gear: 16/34 147.5 km/h (91.7 mph) at 12200 r.p.m; Third gear: 18/32 176.3 km/h (109.5 mph) at 12200 r.p.m.; Fourth gear: 20/30 208.9 km/h (129.8 mph) at 12200 r.p.m.; Fifth gear: 22/29 237.7 km/h (147.7 mph) at 12200 r.p.m.; Sixth gear: 19/23 265.0 km/h (164.5 mph) at 12200 r.p.m
• Final drive ratio: 15/43
• Wheelbase: 1438 mm (56.61 in.)
• Overall length: 2093 mm (82.40 in.)
• Overall width: 760 mm (29.92 in.)
• Saddle height: 830 mm (32.68 in.)
• Min. ground clearance: 150 mm (5.91 in.)
• Trail: 103,5 mm (4.07 in.)
• Dry weight: 183 kg (403.5 lbs)
• Fuel tank capacity: 23 l (6.07 U.S. gal.)
• Frame: CrMo Steel tubular trellis (TIG hand welded)
• Front Suspension: USD telescopic hydraulic fork with rebound-compression damping and spring preload external and separated adjustment; diameter, 50 mm (1.97 in.); travel, 125 mm (4.92 in.)
• Rear Suspension: Progressive, single shock absorber with rebound and compression (High speed/Low speed) damping and spring preload adjustment; single-sided swingarm; travel, 120 mm (4.72 in.).
• Front: Double floating disc with Ø 320 mm (Ø 12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking disc and aluminum flange Brembo Radial-type, monobloc with 4 pistons Ø 34 mm (Ø 1.34 in.)
• Rear: Single steel disc with Ø 210 mm (Ø 8.27 in.) dia. With 4 pistons - Ø 25.4 mm (Ø 1.00 in.)
• Front: Forged aluminum alloy 3,50 " x 17 "
• Rear: Forged aluminum alloy 6,00 " x 17 "
• Front: 120/70 - ZR 17 M/C (58 W)
• Rear: 190/55 - ZR 17 M/C (75 W)
• Max. power (at the crankshaft): 116.5kW at 11,900rpm
• Max. torque: 100Nm at 10,100rpm
• Max. speed: 265km/h