Italian sources are claiming that despite MV’s financial issues a revamped four-cylinder Brutale 1090 is set to be launched later this year as a 2017 model – and it’s much needed. MV’s four-cylinder bikes aren’t believed to meet the new Euro4 emissions rules coming into force next year.
More than a year ago, Giovanni Castiglioni revealed that a new four-cylinder platform was under development to replace the Brutale and F4. It was originally expected to appear in time for the 2016 model year.
Given the slow sales of faired sportsbikes and MV’s limited funds, it makes sense that the focus will be on the Brutale. If the F4 can’t be readied in time to meet the new Euro4 rules, MV can apply for dispensation to continue to sell small numbers of the bikes in European countries for up to two more years.
The changes to the Brutale aren’t expected to radically change the bike’s market position or style but are sure to involve adopting the latest in electronics, traction control and stability systems, as well as engine changes to reduce emissions.