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Aston Martin launches track bike

Luxury sports car maker Aston Martin has unveiled the AMB 001 Pro, a 225bhp V-twin which claims the power/weight ratio of a Formula 1 car. It won’t be road legal – so that’s track-only (or, more likely, collector’s air conditioned garage only). Designed by Aston, the new bike will be built by Brough Superior at its factory in Toulouse, southern France.

Not that the V-twin track bike is all new. Aston Martin launched the limited edition AMB 001 sports bike at EICMA 2019, and the Pro is a track-only version of the same thing, though there are plenty of changes. The one-litre DOHC liquid-cooled V-twin has 25% more power than its predecessor, now peaking at 225bhp, and the crankcase is milled from solid billet for a stronger unit.

The rest of the spec confirms that this is a money-no-object motorcycle, with CNC machined aluminium alloy frame, carbon fibre bodywork and a fat 200/55-17 rear tyre on a 6.25-inch wide rim. The front suspension eschews telescopic forks for a Fior-type set up, with twin triangular articulated links working with a monoshock. No performance figures are claimed but much attention has been paid to high speed aerodynamics, with a front spoiler and side wings to increase downforce. Oh, and the Aston Martin ‘lacewing’ badge is etched into aluminium, making it 30% thinner than a human hair, and saving precious grammes – the whole bike weighs a claimed 175kg dry.
First deliveries of the AMB 100 Pro will be in late 2023, but as you’d expect, it’s a limited edition, with just 88 of them planned. And the price? Well, that’s something they don’t mention…

Jim Freeman, Chair of the BMF, commented, “I’m not sure who’s going to buy one of these, in the era of ‘cost of living’ crisis and 10% inflation. Maybe it’ll be big in the Russian Oligarch market? Incidentally, it’s being made by the current Brough Superior company, the original Brough company succumbed to the effects of the Great Depression, if I remember correctly. Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself..”

Written by Peter Henshaw

Top image courtesy of Goodwood Road Racing