Category: Brutale 800

Reports Suggest No New Superbikes From MV Agusta In 2017

Reports Suggest No New Superbikes From MV Agusta In 2017

There will be no new superbikes from MV Agusta in 2017. That’s what reports quoting MV Agusta CEO Giovanni Castiglioni are saying this week. Many ownership changes over the past decade and a declining market have forced MV to cut production drastically, and it also incurred substantial costs with the recent upgrades to the Brutale 800 […]

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MV Agusta In Financial Troubles Once More

MV Agusta In Financial Troubles Once More

Reports of serious financial troubles for MV Agusta have been circulating for days, but it now seems certain that the company has filed for a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. A Chapter 11 effectively freezes debts and grants a period of grace to allow the business to get back into profit and repay debts, unlike a typical bankruptcy where a company goes into receivership and its assets are sold. That should give the troubled manufacturer time to restructure the business and allow it to continue into the future. As one of Europe’s most prestigious brands, MV Agusta has had a rocky history. But in recent times the company seems to have strengthened it’s position in the market with some outstanding motorcycles. The 2016 Brutale 800 was released recently and received excellent reviews, and at the time CEO, Giovanni Castiglioni, said he felt the company was right on track. That makes the reports of serious financial trouble and a debt of almost 40 million Euros even more surprising. Mercedes-AMG has had a long term partnership with MV Agusta since October 2014, and owns a 25% minority stake in the brand. So far, the German luxury performance automobile manufacturer has not commented on the situation. Mercedes-AMG could buy a larger share in MV Agusta, effectively propping the company up but also protecting it’s own interests. MV Agusta’s World Superbike team will continue with business as usual because it is owned and run by a separate company, and is not affected by the manufacturer’s financial situation.

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2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 To Be Unveiled At Phillip Island WorldSBK

2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 To Be Unveiled At Phillip Island WorldSBK

The Australian unveiling of the 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 will be held at the first round of this year’s World Superbike Championship. Australia hosts the opening round of the championship at Phillip Island from the 26th – 28th February. The bike will then go on sale in March at a ride-away price of $19,990. The 2016 Brutale 800 was only launched in Spain last week, and is already being praised as a significantly better bike than the previous model. There have been many styling updates done to the bike and although they may seem subtle at first glance, they have managed to turn a good looking bike into an even more stunning one. The Brutale 800 now has a longer wheelbase which gives it more stability over bumps. The steering geometry has also been updated and the whole bike sits 9mm higher to lift the centre of gravity and make it feel lighter in turns. Many of the biggest changes to the 2016 model are to the bike’s engine and electronics. To give the bike better performance the engine now produces 25% more torque than the previous model, and 90% of that torque is generated at 3800 rpm. That has dropped the overall power output from 93kW to 86kW. Given that most bikes don’t spend much of their time in peak power situations, this compromise actually seems like a very smart move because the end result is that the engine feels like it has far more punch. The bike also has newly created ECU software with four available engine mappings – rain, normal, sport and custom. Custom allows the rider to adjust throttle sensitivity, electronic engine braking control, torque control and gives a choice of two rev-limiter settings. Traction control has also been improved and now has the option of eight settings. The Brutale 800 also has a bi-directional quick shifter to allow faster and smoother gear shifts both up and down through the six speed gearbox. Fully adjustable upside-down Marzocchi forks are fitted to the front, and the rear is a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. Front brakes are dual 320mm discs with four-piston Brembo monobloc calipers, and a 220mm is fitted to the rear. ABS is standard as you would expect. The MV Agusta Brutale 800 has developed into a brilliant package over its 15 year history, and the new model would have to be the best by far.

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