At the zenith of MV Agusta’s naked bike range is the Brutale 1000 RR: A 200+ hp, winglet-equipped, achingly beautiful work of motorcycle art. With its muscular stance and imposing demeanor, this bike has become an aspirational ride for many.
Also aspirational is the Brutale 1000 RR’s price tag, which can get you a decent family SUV. Is this stunning bike out of your price range? Fret not, as MV Agusta has released a more attainable trim level with the same engine, styling, and character—the Brutale 1000 RS.
The RS is nearly identical to the RR, with badging as the only immediately visible difference. A closer look, however, reveals that the electronically controlled Ohlins NIX EC fork and TTX shock have been swapped out for a manually adjustable Marzocchi inverted fork and a Sachs rear shock.
Other changes to ergonomics include higher clip-on handlebars, a new seat, forged footpegs, and new mirrors. Just like the RR, the RS received updates in the form of titanium rods and valves; new gears that impart reduced friction, DLC coated tappets, new cam profiles, and more.
The two models also share the same 998cc inline four-cylinder engine that produces 208hp. Complimenting the RS’s superbike level of power is a 186kg dry weight, which should make for quite an exhilarating riding experience.
Brakes—the same top-shelf Brembo Stylema units with lean angle-sensitive cornering ABS—are retained from the RR, as well as the TFT dash with phone connectivity.
The cost-saving suspension swap brings the RS’s starting price down to €25,500 (about P1,507,000) from the RR’s €32,300 (approximately P1,910,000).
In the Philippines, the RR starts at around P2,000,000, so hopefully the RS won’t breach the P1.7-million mark. MV Agusta Philippines has confirmed the arrival of the accessible liter-class hypernaked, so stay tuned for official pricing.
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