MV Agusta will soon be launching its fifth model based on their three-cylinder engine following the Brutale 800, F3 800, Rivale and Turismo Veloce.
Dubbed ‘Dragster 800’ this will be a 'naked' bike that takes its cue from the Ducati Diavel, and many expect that it will be a mix between the Brutale and the Rivale.
We’ve known since last year that the 'Dragster 800’ was going to be MV Agusta’s next machine.
The name Dragster made its appearance in certification documents from the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with the same emissions standards as the Brutale 800 .
MV Agusta also trademarked the name “Dragster” along with a logo for the European market.
The first teaser image of the 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster has appeared online from MVAgusta.net forum, which shows a white gas tank with red and grey accents with the Dragster 800 name emblazoned on it.
The Dragster according to numerous rumors from Italy should feature a lower profile and seat, more raked forks and a swingarm-mounted license plate holder, which would give the latest machine from Schiranna, a more compact and aggressive style, with the front end of the bike resembling the Brutale, while the rear should be more like the Rivale, but with a 200mm rear tire.
In 2013 the Italian marque produced a total of 7.500 motorcycles, a whopping + 20% over the previous year, and this when the motorcycle market was still sluggish due to the unfavourable economic period.
The Varese manufacturer has high hopes that they will reach at least a production of 15.000 bikes by 2015, and with CEO Giovanni Castiglioni promising that MV Agusta is going to continue to expand the line-up in 2014, and the Dragster is just the next important step to reach this lofty goal.
The 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster will likely make its official appearance by the end of February, so stay tuned.