We’ve been telling you about the partnership between Aston-Martin and Brough Superior for quite some time now. From the first inklings of the AMB 001 to its rollout and showcasing at EICMA in the flesh.
At first, all we saw were drawings and guesses at what the bike might look like. Ultimately, the bike was shown at EICMA, but it wasn’t clear if the machine was a running example.
The AMB 001 is a runner
Well, now we know. Aston’s AMB 001 is indeed a running, albeit prototype machine. Aston is showing off a video of the bike testing at France’s Pau-Arnos track.
In a press release, Aston says that the 100, strictly limited examples of AMB 001 will begin delivery near the end of 2020.
Aston’s Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said:
“Everybody involved has managed to make tremendous progress with the development of AMB 001, despite the challenges we have all been facing. This special motorcycle is, like our road cars, the result of beautiful design melding with modern technology to produce a bike that any collector will be proud of. We are delighted to see how much progress has been made, both on and off track and look forward to the moment when production starts for this stunning machine.”
According to the British company, testing is evaluating and validating chassis geometry, ergonomics, and “dynamic behavior”. The test rider provides feedback on all areas of performance “from the overall dynamic feel of the bike to details regarding cornering, braking acceleration, and the like.”
Speaking about the bike’s development, Brough Superior’s CEO Thierry Henriette said:
“One of the key design features of the AMB 001 is an aluminium fin that runs along the full length of a carbon fibre tank, passing under the saddle and out onto the rear. The body holding the fin and supporting the saddle is one of the areas where we called on the unique knowledge of Mecano ID, who joined the project to apply specialist aerospace-quality carbon fibre skills to the exclusive AMB 001.
Engine bench testing is also taking place in parallel. The bike hosts a turbocharged V-twin engine producing a claimed 180 hp. The turbo package includes a large intercooler which according to Aston, gives a “supercar engine appearance.”
Exclusivity has its price
Upon the completion of testing, the bike will go into production in the Fall. The Brough Superior factory in Toulouse, France will build the machines. If you’d like to get one for yourself, the AMB 001 will be available for €108,000 ($121,500). Any way you cut it, that’s a large chunk of change for any motorcycle.
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