Aston Martin launches £100k SUPERBIKE with Brough Superior
Nov. 05, 2019
Missing a couple of wheels: Aston Martin launches £100k SUPERBIKE with Brough Superior - 186mph AMB 001 fit for Lawrence of Arabia and James Bond
It was Lawrence of Arabia’s favourite two-wheeled brand with a reputation as the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles. And now it is being combined with a dash of 007.
For luxury sports car maker Aston Martin has joined forces with legendary Brought Superior to create a strictly limited edition track-only 186mph £100,000 motorbike as part of an adventurous new collaboration.
Only 100 of the new hand-built AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior will be made – combining the dynamism and heroism of First World War desert hero Lawrence of Arabia with the derring-do of Aston-favourite James Bond.
With a price of €108,000 (expected to be around £100,000 for UK customers) they are being built and hand-assembled in the Brough Superior factory in Toulouse, France with first deliveries from autumn next year.
The collectors’ bikes aim to combine elegance, beauty and power.
The new bike boasts a turbocharged output of 134 kW (180hp) at just 180 kilos dry weight promising an incredible engine response with huge amounts of pulling-power in a wide range of engine rpm.
This is also the first time that a Brough Superior model is presented with a V-twin turbocharged engine.
The new carbon-fibre AMB001 made its worldwide debut at EICMA, the Milan Motorcycle Show marking the start of ‘the first chapter of an exciting new partnership.’
Aston Martin said: ‘Strictly limited to just 100 examples, the track-only AMB 001 represents the union of iconic Aston Martin design and state-of-the-art Brough Superior engineering to create a piece of automotive art for the motorbike connoisseur.’
Aston Martin executive vice President and chief creative officer Marek Reichman added: ‘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.’
He said hi-tech skills developed for cars such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar as well as expertise in traditional craft techniques had helped create ‘a truly beautiful motorcycle; a design and engineering work of art.’
Design inspiration was taken from the new series of mid-engined Aston Martin cars.
The aim was to create ‘a unique, modern, lightweight and powerful sports bike concept, boasting exclusive technical features, including a chassis configuration with a double wishbone front fork and structural carbon fibre body’, the brand said.
The new bike is in the traditional Aston Martin Racing colours of Stirling Green and Lime Essence with Matte Black wheels, forks and brake assemblies.
It also features a combination of paint and bare carbon fibre that accentuates the lines.
All of the components have been specially designed using the best processes and materials, including carbon fibre, titanium and billet aluminium.
There are lots of nods back to Aston Martin cars, too.
The bike boasts a strong, sculptural body form accented by a carbon fibre fin.
The design of the fin is derived from the side strake on Aston Martin cars. It 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.
A spokesman said: ’As the fin passes under the saddle it can be seen through breaks in the Oxford Tan leather pads of the hand-stitched saddle, which combines old techniques and modern technology in one swooping area that is a perfect fit for the human form.’
Aerodynamic wings attached to the cowl on the front of the bike take their direction from the ‘S-Curve ‘ which provide downforce at the front.
Ultra-lightweight Aston Martin wings sit under the lacquer of the bodywork on the nose and the tank, and are the same nine-micron stainless steel wings that adorn the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
Aston Martin Lagonda, with headquarters in Gaydon Warwickshire and a new factory at St Athan in Wales, is currently gearing up to launch its new DBX sports utility vehicle.
But it has recently taken a battering on the Stock Market and has much resting on the success of its first ever SUV.
Its current line up includes the Vantage, DB11, Rapide AMR and DBS Superleggera.
Aston has also diversified into many areas as part of its turnaround plan – including hotels, aircraft, submersibles and now motorbikes.
The Lagonda brand, founded in 1899, is to relaunch in 2021 as the world’s first luxury electric vehicle company.
Design boss Reichman said in a statement: ’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.’
‘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.’