Brough Superior collaboration with Aston Martin spawns AMB 001 Track Pro bike.
Can an Aston Martin be a motorbike? Can a motorbike be an Aston Martin? The answer to both questions is yes, thanks to Aston Martin teaming up with Brough Superior.
Revealed at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show, the collaboration between Aston and Brough (a name familiar to anyone who knows their onions where British motorbikes of the 1950s and 1960s are concerned) has produced this; the AMB001 Track Pro bike. It’s the successor to the AMB 001 bike, and the Pro name means — just as it does with the mighty Valkyrie AMR Pro hypercar — that this is a serious track-based machine.
In fact, it’s so serious that the AMB 001 Track Pro gets a 25 per cent power increase over the AMB 001, bringing it to a total of 225hp. That, in turn, means a power-to-weight ratio of 1.28hp per kilo, which is about the same as a Formula One car…
Thierry Henriette, Chief Executive Officer of Brough Superior, said, “We are excited to reveal the AMB 001 Pro at EICMA today. The success of its predecessor, coupled with the incredible Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, inspired us to get together again to create a new superbike; one that we know will excite our customers. We are particularly proud of the new engine type, with a crankcase fully machined from solid billet aluminium, which is a unique feature for a production motorcycle. With the marked increase in power this takes AMB 001 Pro into the hyperbike sector.”
Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin, said: “It’s a beautifully simple formula. Form plus technology equals performance. When you push something to the very edge of capacity, and do it seamlessly, the resulting experience can have you breathless. There is no separation between the advanced materials, design and technical capabilities of the bike. We’ve achieved this fluidity again with Brough Superior for those who desire a track superbike like none other. The rider is part of this moving sculpture and will literally feel as though they are part of the track when laying atop the AMB 001 Pro.”
The original AMB 001 was limited to just 100 units and sold out rapidly, so if you fancy a Pro, you’d better get your buying skates on.
How has it been made so powerful? Well, the 997cc engine’s block has been machined from a solid billet of aluminium, which helps to improve its structural stiffness, whilst a new internal design with wet cylinder liners helps to improve cooling.
There are also improved aerodynamics thanks to a fixed front cowl, which helps pass air over the rider, and a rear fin with an aero stabiliser.
The AMB001 Pro will come in a single specification, which means that your only colour option is this gorgeous shade of green called Aston Martin Verdant Jade. That comes contrasted with satin-finished carbon fibre and black Cerakote engine and suspension, which get Photon Lime accents.
Even the badge has been made lighter. The AMB 001 Pro is fitted with the Aston Martin ‘lacewing’ badge. Initially designed for the Aston Martin Valkyrie programme, the chemically etched aluminium lacewing is a remarkable 99.4 per cent lighter than the brand’s regular enamel badge. At just 70 microns thick, it is 30 per cent thinner than a human hair. It will be applied on the nose cowl and tank, on top of the painted finish yet beneath a perfectly smooth coat of lacquer.
Initial orders are already being taken, and the bikes will be built at the Brough Superior factory in Toulouse, France. The first deliveries will take place in the second half of 2023.