Now here’s something that is quite exciting. Those talented design folk at Aston Martin have put pen to paper and designed a rather beautiful looking race bike – which is to carry the legendary British motorcycle manufacturer name of Brough Superior. (If you have seen any of Brough’s other recent offerings – you’ll know why we are all cheering for Aston Martin and saying Thank Gawd for that!)
The track racing AMB 001 is the first time the Aston Martin name has appeared on a motorcycle, designed with no-expense-spared state of the art engineering and performance. The AMB 001 boasts a turbocharged, stressed-member v-twin engine making 180 horsepower into a lightweight carbon fibre frame for a total weight of just under 180 kilos. The aerodynamic bodywork features styling cues from the Aston Martin Valkyrie, including a strake across the tank that also separates the digital gauge display. A double-wishbone front fork is a departure from the traditional telescoping units, and every part is specific to this bike, down to the CNC’d monoblock brake calipers. Limited to 100 examples, costing €102,000 the first few AMB 001 models will roll of production late 2020.
Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman said: “This is what we believe a cutting-edge motorcycle should be and we are very proud to see the Aston Martin wings on a motorcycle for the first time. In addition to applying the skills we have developed for cars such as the ground breaking Aston Martin Valkyrie we have also been able to bring our special expertise in the traditional craft techniques to this project. The finished product is a truly beautiful motorcycle; a design and engineering work of art.”
“Aston Martin may be 106 years-old but the forward momentum of this company is inspiring, for every area of the business but for Design in particular,” continued Reichman. “The same people who work on the design of our cars have worked on the AMB 001. These people are absolute experts and have delivered many of the special project cars that we have designed. Unlike at other car companies, our designers have the full breadth of experience and I think this is showcased in this aspirational bike.”
The AMB 001 is due to be be built and hand-assembled in the Brough Superior factory in Toulouse, France.