UPDATED OCTOBER 8: MV Agusta has released a teaser video to follow up on a teaser photo of a wire wheel which seems to indicate an RR version of its current Brutale 800 Dragster.
The bike is expected to be revealed at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan on November 4.
There are currently no wire wheels in any MV models, and while many tipped it would be a more aggressive version of its Turismo Veloce adventure bike or a retro bike to take on the BMW R nineT, Triumph Bonneville and Moto Guzzi V7. The retro market is really taking off in Europe and Moto Guzzi is upping the ante with ABS and traction control on its V7.
Pundits have been misled over the new bike because MV Agusta had registered the name Turismo Leggero which seems more of a derivative of their Turismo Veloce. In musical parlance Leggero means “light and delicate” and in Italian it just means “light”. So maybe it is a lightweight, more off-road oriented version.
However, it appears the new bike is an RR version of the Dragster as we can see the “er” from the name in the video and you can see one the triple exhausts from the Dragster. the video also shows plenty of drag racing scenes, although they are all cars.
Meanwhile, rumours persist that Mercedes-Benz is considering buying a stake in MV Agusta. It would mirror the Audi ownership of Ducati and lead to fierce intra-German competition with BMW.