How’s this for a first? Aston Martin reveals the new AMB 001 motorcycle, a track-only, limited edition racing bike in conjunction with Brough Superior Motorcycles.
Aston Martin has taken the wraps off a limited-edition lightweight racing bike called the AMB 001, its first-ever motorcycle, at EICMA in Milan, revealing a sculpted, retro futuristic blending of form and function. It’s the first offering from a new partnership with British motorcycle maker Brough Superior Motorcycles.
Featuring a double wishbone front fork, the track-only bike represents a marriage of Aston’s design and Brough Superior’s engineering. It’s inspired by Aston’s current crop of mid-engine sports cars, presented in the brand’s racing colours of Stirling green and lime essence with matte black wheels, forks and brake assemblies mixed in with unadorned carbon fibre. The latter material features on the signature fin, which derives its design from the side strake on Aston cars and which runs atop the bike along the length of the fuel tank, under the saddle and out back
It features similar ultra-light stainless-steel wings that adorn the Valkyrie sitting under the lacquer of the bodywork on the nose and tank. There are also aerodynamic wings attached to the cowl on the front of the bike – an ode to the S-curve on the front of an Aston Martin to apply downforce. Carbon fibre figures in the body structure and titanium and billet aluminium feature elsewhere. The hand-stitched saddle is made of Oxford tan leather.
The bike is powered by a V-twin turbocharged engine that makes its first appearance on a Brough Superior bike. It makes 180hp, although there’s no information offered on top speed. The bike’s dry weight is a tad under 397lb (180kg).
Just 100 examples will be built at the Brough Superior plant in Toulouse, France. Starting price is an eye-watering £120,000, with first deliveries expected in Q4, 2020.