MV Agusta MotorcycleAfter releasing a teaser video of the Brutale 990R’s younger sibling, MV Agusta released the much-anticipated details of the all-new Brutale 675.
MV Agusta designed this naked middleweight to take on any competitor in its class, offering an ultra-compact three-cylinder engine with counter-rotating crankshaft that pumps out 115 horsepower at 12,500 rpm, with a torque curve “more similar to a literbike rather than a supersport.”MVA’s 675 features the latest in electronic technology, including MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) that features four maps for ultimate power in multiple riding situations, and eight levels of traction control.The light, 358-lbs. MV Agusta Brutale 675 features a frame containing a mix of aluminum and steel components, offering high rigidity that is “destined to make it the reference in its class.” The agile chassis is complemented with a signature MV Agusta single-sided swingarm with Sachs rear shock, and beefy, 43mm inverted forks up front.Stopping the MV Agusta Brutale 675 are a mix of Brembo and Nissin components, with huge 320mm front discs.The Brutale 675 pays homage to its older sibling in every way, but caters to those riders who need something different in the middleweight, naked sportbike category. From power to styling and everything in-between, the Brutale 675 defines that passion unique to anything MV Agusta.Following are highlights of the components, specs, color options and MSRP for the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale 675.MV Agusta 675 Design:As with all MV Agusta products, the Brutale 675 is characterized with a truly unique style where even the smallest detail was fretted over. For and function come together to create perfection.The integration of the fuel tank, seat and tail section is a fulcrum of the design of the Brutale 675 and demonstrates the extreme compactness of the bike. The rider becomes an integrated component of the bike, perfectly inserted into the ultra-short and agile chassis with the narrowest mid-section ever seen on a production supersport that allow all riders to easily place their feet securely on the ground.These details help the rider to immediately become one with the motorcycle and develop the perfect feeling between the Brutale 675 and the pilot. The bike immediately gives the impression that the rider has always ridden this bike as the ergonomics are in perfect harmony with the rider. The tail-section is extremely compact, the headlight is classic Brutale and the digital dashboard all contribute to making the MV Agusta Brutale 675 exceptionally unique.MV Agusta Brutale 675 Engine:The in-line 675cc three cylinder engine, which made its debut in the supersport F3, finds an ideal position within the Brutale 675 after receiving a number of modifications that adapts it perfectly to sport/street use that typifies the Brutale.The engine is incredibly narrow and shorter than any of its competitors thanks to a unique layout of the internal components. With a large 79mm bore and an ultra-short 45,9mm stroke, the three cylinder MV Agusta is a power plant with an extremely oversquare layout that allows it to rev to previously unheard of levels.The Brutale 675 has a maximum power of 115 hp at 12.500 rpm and 71 Nm of torque at 10.600 rpm, but even more important is the huge spread of power and torque throughout the entire rev range and the over-rev after max power that allow the rider to hold a gear even longer if required. Even more important than the peak power is the fact that it is very linear and controllable in all situations.Thanks to this configuration, the three cylinder is an engine capable of taking on city traffic as well as screaming up your favorite mountain road.As with the F3, the Brutale 675 utilizes a counter-rotating crankshaft which has only been seen on MotoGp motorcycles, this important design feature helps the Brutale reach previously unreached levels of dynamic balance and ease of handling.The compact dimensions and reduced weight of the engine place it at the top of the naked category and make the MV Agusta Brutale 675 truly unique, destined to become a milestone thanks to the technical solutions incorporated such as the closed deck shell mold cast crankcase with integrated cylinders and the MVICS. Another important detail is the fact that the oil and water pumps and circuits have been completely integrated into the crankcases which has a big impact on efficiency and the clean lines that are fundamental on a naked bike. Brutale 675, the most powerful Italian three cylinder ever.MV Agusta 675 Electronics:The most advanced electronic engine control system ever seen on a middle-weight naked has been designed specifically for this extraordinary new three cylinder. A system of fuel injection that is extremely sophisticated with a 47mm throttle body for perfect combustion at all rpm’s.The MVICS system that allows the engine to unleash a record level of power and control in every situation. The rider can select one of the 4 maps available, or customize an additional map to obtain the power delivery desired.With the MVICS system it was possible to generate a perfect harmony between the power delivery and the traction control which offers 8 levels of adjustment and is accessible through the input on the left handlebar and dashboard interface.MV Agusta 675 Brutale Frame:The Brutale 675 confirms the fact that MV Agusta is always capable of developing an extremely easy and intuitive chassis while at the same time offering the maximum performance. The upper section is fabricated from steel tubes and connected to the aluminum side plates which mate with the engine.The realization of all new MV Agusta models is a synergy between the work of the chassis and engine designers. The ultra-short engine allowed the chassis designers to develop an extremely short and agile bike mated with a long single-sided swingarm that helps put the power to the ground.MV Agusta 675 Brutale Suspension:The optimum performance of the suspension was a very important point during the development of the Brutale 675. Even a “simple” naked motorcycle needs to have the best that the market offers in terms of suspension performance.The 43mm upside-down front forks offer feedback that leads the competition and allow the rider to easily take on even the most challenging city streets or tortuous mountain roads with confidence. The rear suspension works through a progressive linkage and has adjustable spring pre-load with 123mm of rear wheel travel.MV Agusta Brutale 675 Brakes The best technology currently available is utilized on the MV Agusta Brutale 675, including Brembo radial calipers and Nissin master cylinders with integrated reservoirs underlining the supersport intentions of the project.The 320mm front disks are the same as those employed on the F3 and offer incredible stopping power that is also completely controllable in all situations.2012 MV Agusta Brutale 675 Specs:Engine:
Type: Three cylinder, 4 stroke
Displacement: 675cc, 41.2 ci
Compression ratio: 12:1
Bore x stroke: 79 mm x 45.9 mm (3.1 in. x 1.8 in.)
Cooling system: Cooling with water radiator and oil-heat exchanger
Engine management system: Integrated ignition – injection system with three injectors Engine control unit Eldor EM2.0, throttle body full drive by wire Mikuni, pencil-coil with ion-sensing tech- nology, control of detonation and misfire Torque control with four maps, Traction Control with eight levels of intervention
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc with mechanical drive
Transmission: Cassette style; six speed, constant mesh
Primary drive: 19/36
Gear ratio: First gear: 1/14.493; Second gear: 1/10.821; Third gear: 1/9.053; Fourth gear: 1/8.040; Fifth gear: 1/7.274; Sixth gear: 1/6.712; Final drive ratio: 16/43
Wheelbase: 1380 mm (54.230 in.)
Overall length: 2030 mm (79.87 in.)
Overall width: 900 mm (35.43 in.)
Saddle height: 812 mm (31.96 in.)
Min. ground clearance: 8150 mm (5.90 in.)
Trail: 95 mm (3.74 in.)
Dry weight: 163 kg (358 lbs.)
Fuel tank capacity: 17.5 l (4.62 U.S. gal.) – 5 l (1.32 U.S. gal.) reserve
Type: ALS Steel tubular trellis
Rear swing arm pivot plates (material): Aluminum alloy
Upside down – telescopic hydraulic fork
Rod diameter: 43mm (1.69 in.)
Travel on leg axis: 125 mm (4.92 in.)
Progressive, single shock absorber with spring preload adjustment
Single sided swing arm (Material): Aluminum Alloy
Wheel travel: 123 mm (4.84 in.)
Front brake: Double floating disc with Ø 320 mm (Ø 12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking disc and flange
Front brake caliper: Radial-type, with 4 pistons Ø 32 mm (Ø 1.26 in.)
Rear brake: Single steel disc with Ø 220 mm (Ø 8.66 in.) dia.
Rear brake caliper: With 2 pistons – Ø 34 mm (Ø 1.34 in.)
Front: (Material/size): Aluminum alloy 3.50 ” x 17 “
Rear (Material/size): Aluminum alloy 5.50 ” x 17 “
Front: 120/70 – ZR 17 M/C (58 W)
Rear: 180/55 – ZR 17 M/C (73 W)
Max. horse power – r.p.m. (at the crankshaft)**: 113 hp @ 12,500 rpm
Max. torque – r.p.m.: 52 ft. lbs. @ 10,600 rpm
Top Speed: 225.0 km/h (140.8 mph)
2012 MV Agusta Brutale 675 Color Options/MSRP*:
Red/Silver / $11,114
Pearl White/Matt Gold / $11,114
Matt Magno Grey/Matt Anthracite / $11,114
*Every country could have a price variation due to local import duties and taxes.
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byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
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