2018 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR – “The High-end Hooligan”

The 2018 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR has gone unnoticed during the recent EICMA 2017 held in Milan, Italy just last week.

The RR badge has been embedded with the new Dragster thanks to a number of upgrades including its now Euro4-compliant 798cc, inline-three cylinder engine.

The new Brutale 800 RR produces 140hp and 86Nm of maximum torque together will a tonne of electronic updates.

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During the hustle and bustle of the 2017 International Milan Motorcycle Show that is EICMA in Italy last week, we we’re so overwhelmed with all the new bikes that it was nearly impossible to take notice of all the things that were either presented or displayed. One prime example was the 2018 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR, a completely new bike for 2018.

The display area of MV Agusta was filled with many special and limited editions bikes that it was easy to miss the new Dragster 800 RR. Just standing there in the presence of the super-customised MV Agusta RVS #1 and the Lewis Hamilton F4 LH44 got us drooling like mad.

It was easy to understand why most of us missed the new Dragster thanks to the lovely beauties. The fact that MV Agusta themselves did not announce the new bike also equated into the calculations as well.

Those who are in the know will notice that the 2018 Dragster 800 RR has borrowed a lot of design elements from the Brutale 800 from its distinctively different fairings, headlight all the way to the back end of the tail.

After much research, we noticed that it also comes with a brand new Euro4-compliant 798cc, inline-three cylinder engine which now produces a cool 140hp at a screaming 13,100rpm and 86Nm of maximum torque at 10,100rpm.

This has been made achievable thanks to a lot of new parts such as harmonic damper, a new mechanical cam-chain tensioner, new camshafts, new valve guides, and many more. This has resulted in a much more balanced power output while maintaining a smooth and optimal performance within the Euro 4 regulations.

The electronics package has been upgraded significantly as well to make sure that the RR badge stands for something powerful and breathtaking. The new Dragster 800 RR comes ready with selectable torque control, traction control, MV EAS 2.0 (Electronically Assisted Shift up & down), and many more. The result? A streetfighter that can hit 245km/h without breaking a sweat.

The suspension and brake packages also received the RR treatment. On the front end, a set of 43mm fully-adjustable Marzocchi USD telescopic forks has been fitted together with a double 320mm disc brake plus four-piston Brembo calipers.

Moving towards the rear, a progressive Sachs, single shock absorber with rebound and compression, damping and spring preload adjustment is paired with a single 220mm disc plus a two-piston Brembo caliper. Working together with the bike’s Bosch 9 Plus with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) system, it is as stable as it is brutal.

MV Agusta is all about the finer things in life and like all fine things, the new 2018 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR won’t come cheap. We will keep you posted if or when the bike is made available for purchase.

MV Agusta @ EICMA 2017 mega gallery

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