Italian superbike maker MV Agusta has revealed the 2021 Brutale and Dragster motorcycles that come with a bunch of upgrades. The bikes continue to sport the familiar and sharp design language in the signature MV Agusta fashion, while the electronics package has seen a comprehensive upgrade. The bike maker has also updated the engine and chassis for the new model year. The frame, engine, suspension and braking components are shared between either model.
The 2021 MV Agusta Brutale and Dragster now come with a six-axis IMU system that brings traction control, launch control, wheelie control, cornering ABS and more. The new Brutale also gets cruise control, while the instrument console has been replaced with a new 5.5-inch TFT screen. The new display also gets more information than before, and can be connected to a smartphone via the MV Ride app using Bluetooth. The feature further brings turn-by-turn navigation to the motorcycles.
MV Agusta has revised the chassis on the 2021 Brutale and Dragster for better rigidity and comes with stiffer frame plates on each side. The suspension set-up has been worked upon as well. The Marzocchi forks upfront get new valving, while the rear monoshock gets a new spring and a change in the internal valving.The Dragster also now gets a 200/55 rear tyre, making for a taller profile and improving handling as well. The seat has been redesigned for more comfort.
With respect to power, the new MV Agusta Brutale and the Dragster use the same 798 cc three-cylinder engine. The motor now gets DLC-coated tappets and valve guides, along with new fuel injectors, piston rod bearing and countershaft bearings. The exhaust system has also been revised to meet Euro5 emission regulations. As a result of the changes, the motor now develops 140PS, while gear changes are smoother and more accurate from the 6-speed unit.
Lastly, the 2021 MV Agusta Brutale and Dragster RR feature the Smart Clutch System that has been built in collaboration with Rekluse and eliminates the need for a clutch lever. The gear shift lever though is still there.
MV Agusta made a silent exit from India last year after the company did not bring the BS6 emissions norms in April 2020. However, with the bikes upgrades to Euro5 norms now, which is the European equivalent to BS6, we could see the MV Agusta brand and its bikes making a comeback. It needs to be seen if the brand will find a new partner for its India operations.