It's exceedingly rare these days that you see out and out car manufacturers put their name on a two-wheeled creation. It's sort of a no-go zone for many, particularly outside of Japan. Britain has its triumphs, Italy has it's Ducatis, and America has its Harleys. That's just the way it is.
Apparently, however, Aston Martin were keen to rip up the memo. Because they've been secretly working to build what might be one of the most incredible motorbikes ever produced. If you're going to do something, you may as well do it right, huh?
Aston Martin's first foray into the world of bikes comes as the result of a collaboration with specialty bike manufacturer Brough Superior: a little heard-of company that regardless has a heritage in British bike building spanning a century.
“A unique, modern, lightweight and powerful sports bike concept,” the bike uses a twin-fork front merged with a carbon fibre body, crafted to look thoroughly space age. Straight away, you can tell it uses more than a little of the DNA put into the creation of Aston Martin's most recent track-only monsters, the Valkyrie and the Vulcan.
“The AMB 001 has been designed to display a level of elegance that isn’t normally found on racing bikes,” said Aston Martin in a statement. Each one will be hand-built at Brough Superior's factory in northern France.
In the spirit of the Valkyrie, the AMB 001, as it's called, is a track-day specialist only. And the speed matches the looks. The turbo V2 engine cranks out 180hp, giving it a net power to weight ratio exceeding 1,000hp per ton, or about the same as a Koenigsegg One:1. “Beauty and power is the order of the day for this track-only racer,” they continued.
Naturally, as with anything modern day Aston, the details are exquisite. A flash of lime green paint, reminiscent of the car maker's GT3 racers, sets off the British Racing Green paint job. The trims are naturally crafted from buttery-soft tan leather, while the dial itself is thoroughly modern, bringing old and new world design together with simplicity.
If you want to get your hands on one, you'll have to be quick. Just 100 are set to be made, and you can register your interest at Brough Superior's website now.