Thursday, 1 November 2012

MV Agusta Rivale: First official sketch and details




MV Agusta has distributed this sketch of its next model. Part Brutale 675 and part Ducati Hypermotard, the MV Agusta Rivale will use a stroked version of the company’s new three-cylinder motor, housing it in a large, supermoto-style setup. It’ll be released at EICMA in two weeks’ time. Slated to be powered by an 800cc three-cylinder engine (those beautiful exhausts give it away), the bike will make its debut at the EICMA show in mid-November. The engine powering the Rivale will be the same as the one on 2013 Brutale 800 which will also make its debut alongside this new model.

While the official details on the power and torque output of the new bike have not been revealed yet, we expect the new 800cc engine, which is essentially a bored out version of the 675 triple, will be substantially more powerful. Power output is expected to be about 130bhp @ 12,000 rpm , while the peak torque is expected to be 85Nm at 10,500 rpm.

However, the overall package looks quite good so far, and if the Varese brand ends up delivering a motorcycle close to what is represented here, it should have another winner on its hands. Dependent on the success of its three-cylinder motorcycles, MV Agusta needs not only a favorable launch in Milan, but also strong sales afterwards.

While the launch seems to be on the right track, MV Agusta has been slow to overhaul its ailing dealer network, which really should be mission one for the brand, as it has never suffered from “product” or “marketing” issues, having a history of creating some of the most lust-worthy motorcycles in modern time.

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