Aston Martin Expands into Motorcycles with Brough Superior

Aston Martin has been expanding its product offering as of late, not only offering a new hypercar in the Valkyrie, but also the upcoming DBX SUV, and even a condo in Miami that could double as a lair for a Bond villain. Now Aston Martin is partnering with Brough Superior to bring to market a new, limited edition motorbike, the AMB 0001.

Aston Martin and Brough Superior AMB 001 logo

The British car manufacturer made its debut into the two-wheeled genre at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, proudly announcing their new lightweight, high performance motorcycle. The heart of the motorcycle is a turbocharged 997cc V-twin engine—the first in Brough Superior’s history. The engine pairs with a semi-dry crankcase and a six-speed sequential manual transmission with APTC clutch. Power is delivered to the rear wheel through a traditional chain. Horsepower for the bike comes in at 180, and thanks to the variable geometry of the engine, there’s very low lag. That much power required Aston Martin and Brough Superior to beef up the frame, but with a desire to keep the weight down (the bike only weighs 396 pounds), they had to go with aluminum. That aluminum backbone bolts directly to the engine, making it a structural component. The rear subframe is made of carbon fiber and features titanium interfaces. The wheels are forged aluminum, as is the front fork from Fior. For suspension in the rear, the bike uses a progressive damper system with rockers.

Aston Martin and Brough Superior AMB 001 bike

The panels of the bike are made of carbon fiber and are designed and constructed to fit the “human form” comfortably. The seat is made of Oxford Tan leather and is hand-stitched. The detail and quality are readily apparent—and show in the price tag. The AMB 001 is priced at $120,000.

Aston Martin and Brough Superior AMB 001 side view

“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,” stated Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer. “In addition to applying the skills we have developed for cars such as the groundbreaking 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.”

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