2017 MV Agusta Dragster RC

MV Agusta adds another Dragster

Financially shaky Italian manufacturer MV Agusta is not introducing any new models this year, but is pumping out plenty of variants, especially of their popular Dragster 800.

The latest is the Dragster 800 RC. Basically it’s an RR with World Superbike race livery plus some carbon fibre bits and a higher price tag.

There is no word yet from MV Agusta Australia on the price, but the RR sells for $23,499 plus on-road costs.

The RC follows the release this week of the RVS#1 Dragster which is a lighter and more powerful scrambler variant with slightly knobby Pirelli MT 60 RS tyres.

MV Agusta RVS#1 RVS
MV Agusta RVS#1

Like all RC models, this will be produced in limited numbers. Only 350 will be available worldwide and we imagine only a handful will come to Australia.

MV has added a carbon fibre windscreen and radiator-panels, gold-anodised fully-adjustable Marzocchi front-forks, forged aluminium-alloy rims from the F4 RC and a red-stitched seat embroidered with the RC logo.

There doesn’t appear to be any performance updates or even less weight, despite the use of carbon fibre.

The RR and RC pump out 103kW of power, while the RVS#1 has 111kW and is 8kg lighter.2017 MV Agusta Dragster RC

Earlier this year the company unveiled a Dragster 800 Blackout in all black that was very tasty, but it turned out to be a showpiece, only.

MV Agusta Dragster Blackout
MV Agusta Dragster Blackout

Shame as it looked a lot more stylish than this pretend racer.

We wonder just how many more variants of this model are possible!

Perhaps they will also go ahead with Brutale 800RR Ballistic Trident custom with a “dustbin” fairing.

MV Agusta Dragster Blackout Ballistic Trident
Ballistic Trident

MV Agusta Dragster 800 RC2017 MV Agusta Dragster RC

  • 798cc in-line three-cylinder
  • Bore x stroke: 79.0 x 54.3mm
  • Power: 103kW @ 13,100rpm
  • Torque: 86Nm @ 10,100rpm
  • Rev limiter: 13,200rpm
  • Dry weight: 168kg
  • Tyres: Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 120/70 – ZR 17 (front) 200/50 – ZR 17 (rear)
  1. The MV Agusta lineup is as silly-looking as it is over-expensive. No wonder this operation is always in some financial or operational difficulty. I got a terrific idea: How about designing and building bikes with broader appeal, maybe even a retro line of 750 Americas and GTs. And while you’re at it, beef up quality control and post-sales service and parts. I guess that’s going to fall on deaf ears.

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