Aston Martin Superbike Revealed

Just 100 lucky motorcyclists will get the chance to own Aston Martin’s first two wheel performance machine.

Fitting dubbed the AMB 001, the vehicle is a collaboration between the automaker and iconic British brand Brough Superior and made its worldwide debut at EICMA, the Milan Motorcycle Show. Yet, despite both manufacturers enjoying a rich heritage of automotive classics, the new machine is anything but retro boasting a superbike rated 178bhp from its turbo-charged V-twin engine, a first forced induction product from Brough, while tipping the scales at just 396lbs.

Car technology comes into play with the use of a double wishbone front fork and structural carbon fiber bodywork with the makers saying the bike’s design has taken inspiration from the new series of mid-engined Aston Martin cars. In this regard it features a carbon fiber fin, the design derived from the side strake on Aston Martins, that runs along the full length of the Stirling Green tank, passing under the saddle and out onto the rear, creating a flowing form along the top of the bike.

MotoGP-like race technology is also employed with aerodynamic wings attached to the cowl on the front of the bike that take their direction from the S-Curve on the front of an Aston Martin providing extra downforce at high speed.

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.”

Yet, those lucky 100 owners will also be fortunate in other aspects of their lives having to stump up €108,000 ($120,000) including taxes with first deliveries set to begin from the end of 2020.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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