One of the most elegant-looking adventure-tourer motorcycles from Italy has made a comeback in its BS6 (Euro 5) avatar. Its exterior remains largely unchanged; however, it gets revised engine components.
MV Agusta has showcased its Euro 5 updated adventure-tourer motorcycle, the Turismo Veloce. The changes are mainly mechanical to make the engine comply with the stringent emission norms, while the exterior remains more or less similar to the previous version, featuring only a few minor tweaks.
Even after the tweaks to comply with the new emission norms, the 798cc in-line three-cylinder engine makes the same power and torque figures — 108bhp at 10,150rpm and 80Nm of peak torque at 7,100rpm. However, MV Agusta now uses uprated engine internals for the same. A redesigned and larger intake manifold is also a contributing factor in keeping the power output from dropping. In fact, it now offers an improved mid-range punch. The D.O.H.C arrangement pushes the (now) DLC-coated valve tappets, which are held in place by sintered valve guides. The manufacturer has not only reworked the components in the top half of the engine but also revised the crankshaft bearings, connecting rod bearings, and countershaft bearings to minimise friction. The engine comes mated to a six-speed gearbox, which gets an updated two-way quick-shifter. The final drive ratio has been tweaked in favour of offering a relaxed high-cruising character.
The design of the motorcycle largely remains the same as its predecessor, but MV Agusta has now reduced the seat height by 20mm and has restructured the foam density. This has made the saddle more welcoming for short riders.
The electronic package now includes a 6-axis inertia management unit, which offers lean-sensitive ABS, The traction control comes with 8-levels of intervention, which is the same as before. And the motorcycle gets a 5.5-inch TFT screen for instrumentation, the same as before, and comes equipped with an interface for the MV Ride smartphone application. The MV Ride app can sync with the TFT screen to offer you turn-by-turn navigation, along with some route details. The MV Ride app also gets a geo-tagging feature, which helps the owner/user to locate his/her motorcycle via smartphone.
Other changes include a taller windscreen, which claims to offer improved wind buffeting at highway speeds. A redesigned visor is a much welcome addition, given that the motorcycle has been electronically limited to 230km/h.
The suspension units and the braking mechanisms have been carried over from the predecessor. The motorcycle continues to be offered in Lusso, Lusso SCS, RC SCS, and Rosso variants. The Rosso is the lowest variant, which misses out on semi-active suspension units and gets a mechanically adjusting unit.
Back in 2019, the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce was launched in India for an introductory price of Rs 18.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The updated BS6 model is likely to be dearer by Rs 1.5 to 2 lakh. Expect MV Agusta to launch the 2021 Turismo Veloce in India by the end of 2021.