Our European correspondent, Tor Sagen, got a chance to ride the latest addition to MV Agusta’s lineup, the RR version of the Brutale Dragster 800. Easily recognizable by its wire-spoke wheels with prominent white rims, the RR’s 798cc three-cylinder motor boasts increased power over the standard Dragster, up almost 15 horsepower achieved via mods to its airbox, exhaust and EFI-mapping revisions, the latter which accommodates a second fuel injector for each cylinder. Torque gets a slight bump to 63 lb-ft., with its peak arriving way up at 10,100 rpm instead of the 8600-rpm peak of the base Dragster. The RR is also equipped with a quickshifter EAS system that allows for clutchless upshifts and downshifts, and is aided by a new slipper clutch. U.S. pricing has yet to be announced. Stay tuned for a full review of the MV Agusta Brutale Dragster 800 RR next week.
The Dragster 800 RR is a bit of a ball cruncher. It’s hard, it’s fast and a bit unforgiving. The less-than-ideal route I traveled provided a challenging ride with what looked like earthquake-riddled tarmac. The lightweight (370 lbs dry, claimed) Dragster RR swapped between shaking my arms and threatening my family jewels. In other words, a true thrilling ride, and it’s a good thing the RR version has got a steering damper as standard equipment.
The RR has is the most impressive version yet of MV’s 798cc Triple. It jubilantly provides more torque throughout the range, making for a much more comfortable behavior around town. It also makes the ride-by-wire throttle obey the wheelie hand a lot more sensibly and with greater control. The Dragster is hence more manageable while still being hardcore like a racebike.
Look at the Dragster RR for shorter adrenaline-filled rides, but ignore it for longer commutes. It’s worth premium dollars because of its extensive electronics package and an all-new downshift quickshifter. (And it looks hot, too! -Ed.)