Limited edition Aston Martin AMB 001 motorbike launched
Aston Martin and historic British motorcycle manufacturer Brough superior unveil a limited run, track only, turbocharged sports bike
Aston Martin has teamed up with the iconic British motorcycle manufacturer Brough Superior to produce a limited edition, track only sports bike. Production will be limited to just 100 examples, with each commanding a price of €108,000 (around £93,000). First deliveries are due by the end of next year.
Called the AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior, it’s a lightweight sports bike concept which features a double wishbone front fork, a billet aluminium swing-arm, titanium grips, an Inconel exhaust manifold and structural carbon fibre body panels. The motorcycle’s exclusive wheels are also machined from aluminium.
The AMB 001’s styling is more contemporary than Brough Superior’s current Pendine Sand Racer and Super Sports 100 models – both of which employ a naked design. The bodywork is finished in Aston Martin’s traditional racing colours of Stirling Green and matte black – and the pair claim that its S-Curve-styled aerodynamic wings attached to the front cowl provide functional downforce.
Its hand-stitched saddle and handlebar grips are trimmed in Oxford Tan leather, while the front fairing houses a digital instrument binnacle with read-outs for speed, engine revs and the gear selection. The bike also features the same ultra-light Aston Martin badges found on the Valkyrie, which are hewn from nine-micron-thick stainless steel.
It’s powered by 997cc turbocharged, double-overhead cam V-twin engine, which develops 178bhp. The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission and, thanks to the AMB 001’s extensive use of lightweight materials, the bike has a dry weight of 180kg – which gives it a power-to-weight ratio in excess of 900bhp per tonne.
The AMB 001 marks the first time Aston Martin’s badge has appeared on a motorcycle and the first time a Brough Superior product has been fitted with a turbocharged V-Twin engine.
Brough Superior was established in Nottingham in 1919, by George Brough. Throughout the early 20th Century, the brand produced the world’s fastest and most expensive performance motorcycles – such as the 1924 SS100, which was comfortably capable of reaching 100mph and cost the equivalent of £10,000 in today’s money.
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