Skip to main content
Tag

Aston Martin

Aston Martin teamed up with a motorcycle maker to create one of the only turbo bikes in the world

By General Posts

by klee@businessinsider.com (Kristen Lee) from https://news.yahoo.com

Aston Martin

  • The AMB 001 is an upcoming bike created by Aston Martin and Brough Superior.
  • It has a turbocharged motor, which is very unusual for a production motorcycle.
  • Only 100 will be made and the starting MSRP is 108,000 Euros, or approximately $121,000.

The words “cheap” and “Aston Martin” don’t typically go together, so it’s of no surprise that the upcoming Aston Martin motorcycle is ludicrously expensive.

Aston Martin teamed up with the motorcycle company Brough Superior to create the upcoming AMB 001. It’s a sleek, futuristic-looking thing that seems way more appropriate for the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 video game than our lowly reality.

The two companies are currently in the testing stages for their new bike. The specifications aren’t yet final, but a Wednesday press release says that the bike will produce a claimed 180 horsepower from a turbocharged, 88-degree V-twin engine.

The turbocharged aspect of the AMB001 is especially interesting, as the majority of production motorcycles — save for a few attempts by Japanese companies in the 1980s — are not turbocharged. There are a couple of reasons for this.

First, as The Drive reports, packaging a turbocharger into a motorcycle is a difficult job. They add extra power and weight the bikes weren’t originally designed for. Turbos and all their related parts are bulky things and it’s not easy to fit them nicely on a bike.

Second, a turbocharged engine tends to produce very sudden torque. Cars, with four wide tires, are more suited to handle this. Bikes are not, so a sudden burst of power is more likely to spook the back tire and cause it to break loose uncontrollably, explains Cycle World.

Aston Martin, in response, says that the “modern turbine with low inertia is avoiding the turbo lag that was damageable on the Turbo motorcycle attempts from the ’80s.”

Aston Martin and Brough Superior will make just 100 examples of the AMG 001. They will start at 108,000 Euros, which is approximately $121,000.

Keep scrolling to see more.

The AMB 001 is the result of a partnership between Aston Martin and motorcycle company Brough Superior.

A key design feature is the aluminum “fin” that runs along the carbon-fiber gas tank, under the saddle, and onto the rear.

The rest of the bike is largely made from light-weight carbon fiber.

It’s unclear if the rider will be able to see the full gauge cluster with the fin appearing to block some of it. Also, it sort of seems like the gauge cluster is an iPhone. Business Insider has reached out to Aston Martin for clarification.

Aston Martin says the AMB 001 will produce a claimed 180 horsepower from a turbocharged engine.

Production motorcycles are not typically turbocharged. This makes the bike extra special.

Here, you can see it wearing the traditional Aston Martin camouflage livery.

And being tested at a track in Pau-Arnos, France.

The leather seats are as well-crafted as any car interior.

High quality leather and stitching were used.

No official weight figures are available yet, but Automobile Magazine says the AMB 001 will probably weigh “less than 600 pounds in final form.”

And that’s with all the turbocharger bits. Impressive.

Only 100 examples will be made.

Each will have a starting price of 108,000 Euros, or approximately $121,000.

Aston Martin goes from four wheels to two with AMB 001 motorcycle

By General Posts

by Stephen Edelstein from https://www.digitaltrends.com

Aston Martin is known for sports cars, but the automaker’s latest project has two wheels, not four. Aston is launching its first motorcycle with help from another storied British firm — Brough Superior (pronounced “bruff”). Revealed at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, the bike is for track use only, and production will be limited to just 100 copies, according to Aston.

An Aston press release said the partnership with Brough Superior came about because chief creative officer Marek Reichman is a motorcycle enthusiast.

“This is a fascinating and very popular project for myself and my team,” Reichman said in a statement. “The opportunity to collaborate with Brough Superior has given us the chance to bring our unique views on how beauty and engineering can combine to create a highly emotive piece of vehicle design.”

Reichman’s influence is visible in the AMB 001’s design. In contrast to the blunt look of Brough’s current bikes, the AMB 001 has a streamlined design, with most of the mechanical bits encased in carbon fiber bodywork. The shape of the front bodywork was designed to reference Aston Martin sports cars, but also provides aerodynamic downforce, according to Aston.

Aston Martin’s cars currently use turbocharged engines, and so does the AMB-001. The bike’s turbo V-Twin produces 180 horsepower. The engine’s exhaust manifold is made from Inconel, the same heat-resistant superalloy used for the skin of the North American X-15 rocket plane. The engine is a load-bearing part of the chassis, which adds stiffness and saves weight. A six-speed gearbox transfers power to the rear wheel.

The AMB 001 will be built not at an Aston Martin factory, but at Brough Superior’s factory in Toulouse, France. In Europe, the bike is priced at 108,000 euros (about $120,000 at current exchange rates). Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to Aston Martin.

Founded in 1919 by George Brough, Brough Superior built some of the earliest performance motorcycles. Despite winning over the likes of T.E. Lawrence, the company gradually faded from existence. The bikes remained popular with collectors, including Jay Leno, and the company was resurrected by British motorcycle enthusiast Mark Upham in 2012.

A company building vehicles with both two wheels and four isn’t unprecedented. Triumph once made both cars and motorcycles, while Ducati is currently part of the sprawling Volkswagen Group. But an automaker and a motorcycle maker teaming up for a specific project is a bit unusual. Mercedes-AMG previously partnered with Ducati and MV Agusta on some special-edition bikes, but these were AMG-themed versions of existing models, not clean-sheet designs.

Aston Martin is ticking off several firsts. In addition to the motorcycle, Aston is preparing to launch its first SUV and its first electric car. Brough Superior isn’t Aston’s only vehicle development partner, either. The automaker is working with Red Bull Racing — the energy drink giant’s Formula One team — on a hybrid hypercar called the Valkyrie.

An Aston Martin motorcycle will grace the world soon enough

By General Posts

by Sean Szymkowski from https://www.cnet.com
by Luke Wilkinson from https://www.autoexpress.co.uk

The bike will be a collaboration between the automaker and Brough Superior.

Aston Martin is prepared to dive into the world of motorcycles, thanks to a collaborative effort between it and storied British motorcycle maker, Brough Superior.

Motorcycle fans will see the Aston Martin badge grace a two-wheeled contraption for the first time next month when the automaker and motorcycle maker unveil a carefully crafted bike. Aston Martin said Thursday the first motorcycle coming to life will debut at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, on Nov. 5.

Details are, obviously, absent for now. However, the British carmaker underscored that it tapped into its decades of engineering and design expertise to help Brough Superior craft something only the two companies could create. It’s something of a passion project, too, as Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and Brough Superior CEO Thierry Henriette are both motorcycle enthusiasts.

“The opportunity to collaborate with Brough Superior has given us the chance to bring our own unique views on how beauty and engineering can combine to create a highly emotive piece of vehicle design,” Reichman said of the project in a statement.

Aston Martin has continuously expanded its reach, and the upcoming motorcycle is the latest branch sprung from the British automaker. The company has plans for not one, but three mid-engine supercars in the near future, and a resurrected Lagonda brand will handle luxury electric vehicles. A DBX luxury SUV will also launch in the coming months.

We’ll see the limited-edition motorcycle in a couple of weeks and I expected it to be nothing but a grand piece of transportation.

Aston Martin and historic British motorcycle manufacturer Brough Superior will unveil a new motorcycle this November

Aston Martin has announced a new partnership with the iconic British motorcycle manufacturer Brough Superior, which will see the pair produce a limited edition two-wheeled project for this year’s EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show. The finished article will be unveiled on 5 November.

Details on the British brands’ collaborative project remain sparse but, given Brough Superior’s heritage, we expect the finished bike will be powered by a V-Twin engine. Judging by the sole teaser image released so far, it should also adopt a more contemporary design than Brough Superior’s current range of motorcycles.

Aston Martin and Brough Superior’s limited edition motorcycle will probably feature fairings for handlebars and engine, rather than the naked design employed by the latter brand’s current Pendine Sand Racer and Super Sports 100 models. The project will also mark the first time Aston Martin’s badge will appear on a motorcycle.

Aston Martin’s Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, said: “The opportunity to collaborate with Brough Superior has given us the chance to bring our own unique views on how beauty and engineering can combine to create a highly emotive piece of vehicle design. We’re excited about the end result and can’t wait to see the reaction the motorcycle receives when it is revealed.”

Brough Superior was established in Nottingham in 1919, by George Brough. Throughout the early 20th Century, the brand produced the world’s fastest and most expensive performance motorcycles – such as the 1924 SS100, which was comfortably capable of reaching 100mph and cost the equivalent of £10,000 in today’s money.