MV Agusta is positioning its new 2022 Brutale 1000 RS as the big dog for the everyday rider, altering a handful of features found on the up-spec RR to arrive at a more approachable price point and more comfortable riding experience. The “approachable” price tag is still a hefty sum, with a starting MSRP of 25,500 euro (around $30,000 at the time of writing), but it’s still clearly better than the nearly $40,000 RR.
In a number of important ways, the RS is a carbon copy of the RR. Both share the same 998cc inline-four engine capable of pumping out more than 200 hp. Both make use of the same trellis frame and single-sided aluminum swingarm. Both feature an Öhlins steering damper and anti-hopping clutch with Brembo radial master cylinder and MV EAS 3.0 quickshifter. Both are capable of a claimed 186-mph top speed and 410-pound claimed dry weight. In other words, there are a lot of similarities.
The RS doesn’t skimp on electronics either, featuring the same IMU found on the RR along with the 5.5-inch TFT display, MK 100 Continental ABS system with cornering function, wheelie control, navigation, cruise control, engine maps, launch control, and Bluetooth compatibility.
The major points of departure between the two machines are in the suspension and ergonomics departments.
Where the RR comes with fully electronic suspension, the RS will feature manually adjustable components. A 50mm Marzocchi fork with 4.7 inches travel at the front and a Sachs shock with 4.7 inches travel at the rear. MV also outfits the RS with an updated seat with improved padding, new clip-on bars, and updated footpegs. The RS ditches the carbon fiber covers found on the RR as well.
If this all sounds like a dream come true, MV is currently taking reservations for the RS here.
2022 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS Technical Specifications and Price
|Engine:||998cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 16-valve|
|Bore x Stroke:||79.0 x 50.9mm|
|Fuel Delivery:||MVICS 2.1 EFI system w/ 50mm throttle body, ride-by-wire|
|Clutch:||Wet, multi-disc, slipper function; MV EAS 3.0 quickshifter|
|Frame:||Chrome-moly steel tubular trellis|
|Front Suspension:||50mm Marzocchi USD fork, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Progressive Sachs shock, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel|
|Front Brake:||Brembo Stylema 4-piston calipers, dual 320mm floating discs w/ Continental MK 100 ABS|
|Rear Brake:||Brembo 2-piston caliper, 220mm disc w/ Continental MK 100 ABS|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Aluminum alloy wheels; 17 x 3.50 / 17 x 6.00|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP; 120/70-17 / 200/55-17|
|Seat Height:||33.3 in.|
|Fuel Capacity:||4.2 gal.|
|Claimed Dry Weight:||410 lb.|