An Aston Martin bike. Bet you didn’t see that coming. Yep, just when you thought Aston – maker of traditional GTs, SUVs and soon electric saloons and mid-engined hypercars – had diversified enough, it’s gone completely leftfield.
A tie-up with 100-year-old bike manufacturer Brough Superior, the AMB 001 is described as “a unique, modern, lightweight and powerful sports bike concept,” and as such twins a double wishbone front fork with a carbonfibre body.
Its design is meant to echo Aston’s new age of cars, and we’d say job done. There’s an almost eerie familiarity to the AMB 001’s curves, though its use of Stirling Green paint with lime highlights – increasingly an Aston signature – probably helps the illusion.
“The AMB 001 has been designed to display a level of elegance that isn’t normally found on racing bikes,” says Aston. “Beauty and power is the order of the day for this track-only racer.”
Yep, it’ll look equally at home parked in the foyer of a hipster coffee shop or sat idling in a pitlane, which is a blooming good job, as it can’t be used on the tarmac between those two extremes. With a turbocharged V-twin engine producing a boisterous 180bhp to move just 180kg – the same 1,000bhp/tonne power-to-weight ratio is a Koenigsegg One:1 – you might appreciate rides being limited to unpublic spaces, though.
Just 100 will be made at Brough Superior’s French factory, each one priced at about £95,000 (approx. RM506,000). Which does make it the cheapest Aston Martin on sale, at least…