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News Aston Martin and Brough Superior's AMB 001 is a carbon fiber turbo track bike, but who's it for?

11:45  05 november  2019
11:45  05 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Aston Martin set to unveil its first ever motorcycle

  Aston Martin set to unveil its first ever motorcycle Limited edition model will be made in collaboration with Brough Superior“Aston Martin and Brough Superior are two luxury automotive manufacturers sharing the same passion for exclusive design and performance,” said Brough Superior CEO Thierry Henriette. “The idea of developing a motorcycle in a frame of a close partnership came naturally.

When we initially heard that Aston Martin and Brough Superior were going to team up on a new, very limited motorcycle to debut at the 2019 EICMA show in Italy The AMB 001 , which made its official debut on Wednesday, is interesting from both a design standpoint and an engineering standpoint.

The AMB 001 is a 1,000bhp per tonne carbon bike and we rather need it . An Aston Martin bike . Bet you didn’t see that coming. “Beauty and power is the order of the day for this track -only racer.” Just 100 will be made at Brough Superior ’ s French factory, each one priced at 108,000 euros.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: The AMB 001 borrows some design aesthetics from Aston's current line of supercars -- Vantage on the nose, DB11 on the seat -- and takes its V-twin engine from Brough Superior. Aston Martin Brough Superior © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The AMB 001 borrows some design aesthetics from Aston's current line of supercars -- Vantage on the nose, DB11 on the seat -- and takes its V-twin engine from Brough Superior. Aston Martin Brough Superior

When we initially heard that Aston Martin and Brough Superior were going to team up on a new, very limited motorcycle to debut at the 2019 EICMA show in Italy, we were a little skeptical.

I mean, the history of car companies doing motorcycle stuff hasn't necessarily always yielded the most attractive or practical result -- see the Dodge Tomahawk for an example -- but in this instance, the results aren't too shabby, though they're a little confusing. We'll elaborate.

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The Aston Martin AMB - 001 - the iconic sportscar firm' s collaboration with Brough One to file under ‘curious’, a handful of news outlets say the images were first spotted by Japanese publication Autoby, which insists they appeared on Aston Martin ’ s own Facebook page wearing the name AMB - 001 .

The benefits to Brough Superior , which was revived by motorcycle designer Thierry Henriette in 2013, are a boost in visibility and probably, some cash. (Established in 1919, Brough went bust in 1940 and languished for many decades among the most devoted enthusiasts.) The benefit to Aston Martin is

The AMB 001, which made its official debut on Wednesday, is interesting from both a design standpoint and an engineering standpoint. The latter is true mostly because the bike is turbocharged -- forced induction being something of a rarity in the two-wheeled world -- though its breathed-upon V-twin is only good for 180 horsepower. For comparison's sake, the naturally aspirated Ducati Panigale V4 engine makes 211 ponies and is street-legal. Weirdly, Aston and Brough didn't list a torque number, an area where it would likely eclipse its competition thanks to its turbocharger and V-twin layout.

a close up of a motorcycle: There's not much seat there, but for a track-only bike, that's OK. The bisected gauge screen is, in our opinion, less OK. Aston Martin Brough Superior © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. There's not much seat there, but for a track-only bike, that's OK. The bisected gauge screen is, in our opinion, less OK. Aston Martin Brough Superior

Aesthetically, the bike borrows much from Aston Martin's current design language, with the front fairings sharing much with the present-day Vantage . The thin leather pad that makes up this track-only bike's seat also takes inspiration from the current crop of Aston supercars.

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The Brough Superior SS 100 is a motorcycle which was designed and built by George Brough in Nottingham, England in 1924. Although every bike was designed to meet specific customer

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While we like the general style of the bike, there are a couple of downright questionable design choices, such as the spine that rises out of the fuel tank area and bisects the digital gauge cluster. It's just weird, and even on a racing motorcycle, we can't imagine it's especially convenient.

The bike's skin is made mostly of carbon fiber, which helps contribute to its svelte 397-pound dry weight (meaning measured without fluids or fuel). Again, though, the Panigale weighs just 386 pounds dry, and that goes up to 436 pounds when full of fluids.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: At 108,000 Euros, the AMB 001 is a terrible value proposition, but the people who will end up buying the run of 100 of them likely won't care. Aston Martin Brough Superior © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. At 108,000 Euros, the AMB 001 is a terrible value proposition, but the people who will end up buying the run of 100 of them likely won't care. Aston Martin Brough Superior

So, the AMB 001 is cool-looking (mostly) and reasonably powerful, but it's not really close to the competition, and you can't ride it on the road. It's also superlimited in its production run, with just 100 being built at the Brough Superior factory in France (Wait, it's not even British?), oh, and it'll set you back around $97,000 (or 108,000 euro if you add in the 20% VAT).

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Things may also be on the move in the intermediate class, after iconic Brough Superior announced it will field a bike as a Moto2 wildcard entry in the English round. So we’re in for a most interesting debut of an English manufacturer in the GP series, on a historical, home track

a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: The AMB 001 borrows some design aesthetics from Aston's current line of supercars -- Vantage on the nose, DB11 on the seat -- and takes its V-twin engine from Brough Superior. © Aston Martin Brough Superior

The AMB 001 borrows some design aesthetics from Aston's current line of supercars -- Vantage on the nose, DB11 on the seat -- and takes its V-twin engine from Brough Superior.

At the end of the day, it's hard to see exactly who this bike is for, aside from Aston fans who need more garage jewelry. Still, it looks good under lights on the turntable in Milan, so at least there's that.

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