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The Brutale 1000 Serie Oro’s siblings – the Brutale 1000RR and Brutale 1000RC – will be just as fast
If will come as little surprise to hear that MV Agusta is preparing to launch a duo of mass-produced versions of its new Brutale 1000 as part of its 2020 model range in the wake of this year’s limited-edition Brutale 1000 Serie Oro model.
If you aren’t prepared to pay the £37,990 starting price needed to secure one of the 300 Serie Oro (Gold Series) Brutale 1000s but still want to get your hands what’s currently the world’s most powerful naked machine, the fact that later, cheaper variants won’t be detuned will come as a relief. While the bikes have yet to be officially confirmed by the factory, we’ve seen documents that reveal that MV is planning to add both a Brutale 1000RR and a Brutale 1000RC to its line-up next year. Both will have the same 153kW (208PS or 205bhp) peak power as the Serie Oro, with engines in precisely the same state of tune as the limited-edition machine.
What’s more, while the mass-produced versions will be far less expensive and use less exotic materials than the Serie Oro, they’re not going to be any heavier. According to official type-approval information, all three versions have an identical mass of 208kg in fully-fuelled, ready-to-ride form – which sounds about right in view of the claimed 185kg dry weight that MV Agusta claims for the Serie Oro version.
As with other models in the MV Agusta range, the ‘RC’ version of the new Brutale 1000 will be the highest-spec version other than the limited-edition Serie Oro, while the ‘RR’ model will be cheaper and lack some of the more exotic components. While the information we’ve seen doesn’t confirm it, we’d expect to see the RC retaining most of the same parts as the Serie Oro including the high-end, electronically-controlled Ohlins suspension. The lower-priced RR version will probably swap those parts for lower-cost items, perhaps Marzocchi forks and a Sachs shock as used on the smaller Brutale 800.
All is sure to be revealed at the EICMA show in Milan later this year when MV is expected to officially unveil its 2020 line-up.