MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix

Brutale R 1090

Italian manufacturer to import its racing pedigree directly from next year

In June 2011, MV Agusta became the first Italian motorcycle manufacturer to set up a production facility in Brazil to produce motorcycles for Brazil’s domestic market. Now, they’ve decided to push forward that decision to become a major player in the two-wheeler markets of developing nations by announcing their entry into India next year. Although, there isn’t expected to be a full-fledged production facility like that in Brazil, this announcement to import Completely Built Units into India is a step in that direction.

The announcement is an exciting one because of the racing pedigree that they possess. Founded in 1945 in Cascina Costa, Italy, it was Franco Bertoni who raced a 125cc single-stroke MV Agusta motorcycle to victory in the Italian Grand Prix in 1948. Soon they became a racing staple with legends like Giacomo Agostini, Carlo Ubbiali and Mike Hailwood.

From 1956 to 1960 they won races in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc categories. Such was their prowess that they addressed purchasers with the sale pitch of “Racing experience at the service of mass production.”

They’ve stayed true to their lineage. Racing legend Claudio Castiglioni’s son, Giovanni, is now at the helm of the company. Of all the bikes that MV will be introducing into our market, we can only pray that they bring in the Brutale 920, a typical streetfighter. Though this 921cc four-cylinder knockout is considered an entry level MV bike, it delivers a respectable output of 137bhp that peaks at 10,500rpm.

The running cost of this machine that has a top speed of 240kmph is kept low at an average fuel efficiency of 13kmpl.

In India, if they do promote their current Brutale R 1090 before pushing in their Brutale 920, we won’t be complaining. The four-cylinder R1090 can produce a torque of 112Nm and peak at 265kmph, although there’s an electronic power restrictor that limits the engine to reach a maximum of 245kmph. There are eight levels of traction control for riders to choose from which makes this bike capable of moving from off-road dirt tracks to slick city roads with ease.

We can only keep our fingers crossed that they don’t delay importing their 2012 lineup of the lithe three-cylinder F3 675cc or the sporty four-cylinder Brutale RR 1090 (marketed with the tagline “A superbike without a faring”). They aren’t expected to display any of their models at the Delhi Auto Expo next month. Then again, you might see and yet not believe when it comes to an MV Agusta.

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