MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Nurburgring: Only One Question - Why?
What possible connection with the famous race track is there?by Harry Fisher, on LISTEN 02:46
It’s not a new model, just a limited edition version of the admittedly brilliant Brutale 1000. But what is the connection with the Nurburgring circuit in Germany?
MV Agusta Brutale 10000 Nurburgring: Why?
The Nordschliefe circuit at the Nurburgring is righty one of the most celebrated race tracks in the world. With 153 corners over 14 miles, and with elevation changes of 300 metres, it is the toughest test of both car and driver ever created.
Up to 1976, it hosted the German round of the Formula One World Championship and continues to host 24 hour and 1000km races for sports cars. World Championship (500cc or MotoGP) motorcycles have never raced there and, even today, it is better known for car manufacturers to test their performance models than for motorcycle manufacturers.
Which is why it is strange that MV Agusta should choose to collaborate with the circuit for a limited edition motorcycle. Being an Italian manufacturer, wouldn’t it make more sense to produce a Brutale Monza or Misano?
Whatever the thinking, the new Brutale is a pretty special beast. Only 150 units will be built and the main difference over standard models is reduced weight through the extensive use of carbon fibre.
Most noticeable are the stunning carbon fibre wheels, courtesy of South African specialists BST. Featuring a new billet hub that is lighter and stiffer than before, the wheels reduce unsprung weight which will help the bike accelerate, brake and turn better.
Each Brutale 1000 Nurburgring comes with a kit exhaust in the form of a full titanium Arrow system. Designed with knowledge gleaned in WorldSBK, the 4-into-2-into-1 features a longer primary manifold than before for increased torque. The kit exhaust comes complete with a new ECU that is pre-programmed with a dedicated map.
There is a small carbon fly screen fitted to the headlight cowl which is said to offer increased downforce at high speeds. It looks rather small to make a significant difference.
The paint job is also exclusive to this model, finished in silver with ’Nurburgring red brushstrokes’, whatever they are!
So, while the initial question is ’why?’, the final verdict has to be, ’I’m glad they have’ because it’s just so beautiful.
For more information and to significantly lighten your wallet, head to www.mvagusta.com. Don’t expect too much change from $50,000!