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MV Agusta uncovers first RVS model | Manufacture News | News

A titanium-covered scrambler with dollops of power could only come from one place…

As if MV Agusta motorcycles weren’t special enough, the Italian firm has provided a new level of special in the form of its Reparto Veicoli Speciali, or Special Vehicles Department. And the first creation to come from it is the boringly but rather aptly named RVS#1.

Beginning with the already gorgeous Dragster 800, MV has thrown the book at it in terms of special parts to make it stand out even more.

The most noticeable change is the headlight. Gone is the swept-back lamp of the stock bike, replaced by a large, round lamp with just a hint of scrambler. But it’s not old fashioned. Behind the lens lies a host of adaptive LEDs, which light up depending on speed and bank angle to provide an optimum light pattern. Two additional spotlights grace the right-hand side of the bike and are activated by a separate switch.

The styling, by long-time MV Agusta man (and former Benelli designer) Adrian Morton, is hard to ignore. The spoked wheels, wrapped in semi-knobby rubber, might add some off-road hints, but the RVS#1’s performance is more superbike than scrambler.

A closer inspection reveals that the bike is covered in bespoke carbon and titanium elements, often machined from billet or engraved with the bike’s name.

It’s powered by the latest Euro 4-spec version of MV’s 800cc triple, making 112kW, and the bike weighs just 160kg – eight kilos less than the stock Dragster.

There’s also a race kit, with a track-only titanium exhaust to up the power and reduce weight even further.

The bike’s name makes it clear this is the first of many projects expected from MV Agusta’s RVS division.

The price and details of how many RVS#1s will be made are still unknown, but it’s safe to say that it will be rare, expensive and lusted after by MV fans.