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“Intentionally Over The Top” – The 2018 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR

The 2018 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR has been revealed and boasts some bold styling updates, Euro4 compliance, and some nice electronics upgrades. MV Agusta haven’t had the same stage presence as Ducati, Honda, or Kawasaki at this year’s EICMA show, but now that the company has restructured its finances and managed to secure new investment, the next few years promise to be a little more exciting for the Italian luxury brand. While there may not be any new sports bike unveilings, MV Agusta haven’t been lazy – instead, they’ve decided to add a little more flare and spice into their already flamboyant naked triple: this is the 2018 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR, a model that MV Agusta has described as “intentionally over the top” – which is hilarious but true.

The “Over The Top” 2018 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR

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For 2018, MV Agusta have given their legendary 798cc naked triple a few key upgrades. For starters, the Dragster needed to be made Euro4 compliant, so MV’s engineers worked hard to bring the machine in line with European noise and emission limits. Whilst working on the engine, MV Agusta decided to adjust how the engine mounts to the frame, adding new fastenings and new anchoring points to increase “torsional rigidity” on the 2018 model.

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To make the most of the changes, MV Agusta also treated the 2018 Dragster with a series of new ECU algorithms and updated the bike’s ride-by-wire system with a new and improved version that allows for easier operation (though it was never complicated) but MV Agusta haven’t been specific about what improvements were actually made. Other upgrades include a more refined traction control system that offers eight levels, and an “entirely new” gearbox. MV Agusta states that the new gearbox requires less force to operate, allowing for quicker and smoother gear changes and engagement.

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The rest of the upgrades for the 2018 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR are to do with the bodywork and cosmetics. The most obvious changes are the addition of aluminum side brackets to the front mudguard, a new dash cover that incorporates aluminum features, and an aluminum tank pad engraved with the MV Agusta logo. At the back, the bodywork changes affect the tail unit and seat which have been redesigned, the license plate hanger is new, and the rear signals are now LED units. The last little changes include nice fold away pillion pegs that tuck away completely, and anodized and brushed aluminum silencer shields.

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The 2018 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR will come in two distinct color options, which you can read about here with incredibly descriptive direct quotes from MV Agusta. Option one is a pearly white base alongside sections in matt anthracite grey and with fluorescent red inserts” or white with grey and red bits in normal language. The second option available is a “glossy grey colour scheme matched with matt grey and fluro yellow” aka grey with yellow bits.

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We’ve no word on the pricing and availability yet, but we’ll keep you informed…


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