MV Agusta has launched the 2022 Brutale 1000 RS and needless to say- it’s one mind-staggering motorcycle to look at. However, it’s not an all-new offering and more of a budget package with comfortable ergos compared to its expensive sibling the MV Agusta Brutale 1000RR launched this year. Intending to attract more buyers who might have shied away from the € 32,000 price tag of the RR, MV Agusta has made requisite alterations to the hardware bringing the costs down while offering a more comfortable ride.
New Euro 5 Engine
The 2022 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS continues to be propelled by the same 998cc inline for power unit from the RR cranking out an astounding 208 bhp. But the engine now complies with Euro 5 emission norms and yet the motorcycle hasn’t sacrificed on power. All that’s possible thanks to the revised internals with reduced friction amongst the cycle parts and a new exhaust system. However, the compliance has added weight and the new RS weighs 10 kilograms more than the RR.
Suspension, ergonomics and braking
The semi-active Ohlins suspension has now been replaced by a set of fully adjustable Marzocchi 50mm inverted front forks and an adjustable Sachs rear monoshock while the Ohlins steering damper has been retained. The clip-on handlebars have been done away with and yoke integrated high rise handlebars which along with revised foot-pegs and seat extend a comfortable riding geometry. There has been no compromise in the braking department and the 2022 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS retains the Brembo Stylema 4 piston callipers mounted over 320m twin floating discs and a 2 piston Brembo calliper pinching a single 220mm rear disc.
Electronics read a new Continental MK100 IMU unit offering improved traction control and increased sensitivity in the cornering ABS department. Also, a new 5.5 inch TFT dashboard apart from the usual tell-tale information offers connectivity to smartphones via MV Ride App while also displaying turn-by-turn navigation. Other electronic aids such as launch control, wheelie control, cruise control and engine maps have been carried over.
The 2022 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS is a more rational offering to a discerning buyer who is willing to forgo the Ohlins componentry for a reduced sticker price and the aspiration of owning an exotic piece of Italian design and engineering. Pricing for the new Brutale RS starts at € 25,500.