2020 MV Agusta Rush 1000 Preview

MV unveils a show-stopper at EICMA.

MV Agusta’s new Rush 1000 lies at the crossroads of Italian motorcycle art and the dragstrip.
MV Agusta’s new Rush 1000 lies at the crossroads of Italian motorcycle art and the dragstrip.MV Agusta

MV Agusta's tagline is Motorcycle Art, and this new Rush 1000 continues that legacy. Based on the newly updated Brutale 1000 RR, the Rush 1000 supposedly takes inspiration from the drag-racing community to create a lustworthy machine that'll unwind a twisty road as well as rip down a dragstrip.

MV claims the Rush 1000 is the only production bike using radial valves and titanium connecting rods, "crossing into the exclusive world of the hyper-naked motorcycle." Inside the inline four-cylinder motor are a new crankshaft and lighter pistons, as well as a revised combustion chamber layout.

This engine technology is purported to produce 208 hp in stock trim through the Rush-badged titanium exhaust system. Apparently, more than 212 hp is possible when fitted with a non-homologated accessory exhaust and matching ECU tuning.

“It is a truly exclusive motorcycle intended for an audience that does not fear original choices and individuality,” MV Agusta says.

Aggressive and beautiful at the same time. Check out the cool front wheel and the sexy mid-level exhaust system with carbon fiber leg shields.
Aggressive and beautiful at the same time. Check out the cool front wheel and the sexy mid-level exhaust system with carbon fiber leg shields.MV Agusta

Exclusivity in Italian involves carbon fiber, CNC-machined aluminum, and titanium components, as exemplified on the Rush 1000. The headlight support and frame are CNC machined, and its back cover is carbon fiber. Regarding the headlight, it’s an LED unit that features a cornering function that illuminates into corners. Carbon fiber is also seen on the passenger seat cover and tailsection panels.

Carbon is also used for the Rush 1000’s most distinctive design feature, the rear-wheel cover “designed to obtain the best aerodynamic performance.” MV claims a top speed of more than 186 mph, so hang on tight! The wheel itself is lightweight forged aluminum, and it’s secured to the single-sided swingarm by a CNC-machined nut. Another tasty CNC-derived aluminum bit is the fuel tank’s filler cap.

As to be expected from a top-line sportbike, the Rush 1000 includes adjustable traction and wheelie controls, an up/down quickshifter, and Brembo's top-shelf Stylema Monoblock brakes. The suspension (and steering damper) is an active Öhlins set that uses the IMU to offer optimum wheel control dependent on the riding conditions or is adjustable manually. The bike's electronics can be adjusted with your smartphone via the MV Ride app or via the TFT instrument panel.

We’re still waiting to hear the price of the Rush 1000, but we’re sure it won’t be cheap. The new Brutale 1000 RR has an MSRP of $32,000, so we expect the Rush 1000 to retail around $35K. MV says production is scheduled to begin in the next few months.

2020 MV Agusta Rush 1000 Specifications

PRICE TBA
ENGINE 998cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-4; 16 valves
BORE x STROKE 79.0 x 50.9mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 13.4:1
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate, slipper
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Chromoly steel tubular trellis and cast aluminum
FRONT SUSPENSION 43mm inverted Öhlins NIX EC fork, electronically adjustable
REAR SUSPENSION Öhlins EC TTX, electronically adjustable
FRONT BRAKE Brembo Stylema 4-piston calipers, 320mm discs w/ switchable ABS
REAR BRAKE Brembo 2-piston caliper, 220mm disc w/ switchable ABS
TIRES, FRONT/REAR 120/70-17 / 200/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL N/A
WHEELBASE 55.7 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 33.3 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.2 gal.
CLAIMED DRY WEIGHT 410 lb.
WARRANTY 1 year
AVAILABLE TBA
CONTACT mvagustausa.com/