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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