It’s known that the AMB 001 will be a lightweight sports bike [180 kilos dry weight], that uses a turbocharged [180bhp version] of Brough’s 997cc 88° V-twin. That’s an increase of 78 bhp!
Naturally, the AMB 001 version is fitted with an intercooler to handle the increased temperatures created by the turbo output.
AMB 001 – AN ASTON MARTIN FIRST
Believe it or not, this is the first-ever Aston Martin motorcycle. You’d think that a marque with 106 years expertise in building cars may have at least once been tempted to veer towards two-wheels. However, not once it seems. Make no mistake, this is a monumental moment in Aston Martin’s history.
Nonetheless, it seems Aston Martin’s foray into two-wheels will be a limited exercise. Only one-hundred units of the AMB 001 sports bike will be built. Though, the bike’s moniker suggests that this is the first of a series of collaborations between Brough and Aston Martin. A fact which is confirmed by the two brands.
AMB 001 – Track Only
Notably, the AMB 001 is ‘track-only’ – meaning that many of the constraints that guide road-legal motorcycle engineering; namely EURO 4 and 5 are moot. This has allowed Aston Martin’s designers and engineers greater freedom to create the spectacular machine you see before you.
Double-wishbone suspension is found up front and along with winglets – offering stability and downforce on the track, respectively.
Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman believes the final result is what “..cutting-edge motorcycle should be” and doesn’t hide his pride at seeing “…Aston Martin wings on a motorcycle for the first time”.
It seems that many of the skills developed in the building of Aston Martin’s mid-engine cars, such as the Valkyrie have been applied in bringing the AMB 001 motorcycle from concept to production. That, combined with over a century of “..special expertise” in “..traditional craft techniques” says; Reichman.
SCULPTED MOTORCYCLE ART
Sculpted from carbon-fibre, titanium and billet aluminium – the bike is finished in Aston Martin’s traditional racing colours, ‘Stirling Green’ and ‘Lime Essence’, and is a thing of artistic beauty.
The ‘xenomorph-like’ body has been shaped with both form and function in mind and accented by a fin running the length of the fuel tank. The fin almost blends into a striking colour TFT screen, which forms the basis of instruments.
The top edge of the fin displays what a appears to be a debossed engraving of each bike’s production number.
Hand-stitched, Oxford-tan leather, is wrapped around rear of the body, to form a saddle, which generously accommodates human form.
The AMB 001 will be hand-built at Brough Superior’s manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France and is expected to be 108,000.00 EUR [£93,000 / $120,000].