AMB 001 review: Mr Bond, your motorbike is ready
Aston Martin and Brough Superior – two icons of motoring – have banded together to create a fabulous new machine
Two of the “most storied names in the history of British sporting machines” have come together to produce this stunning superbike, says Robert Ross on Robb Report. The AMB 001 is a joint project between Aston Martin and Brough Superior, known in its heyday as the Rolls-Royce of motorcyles, and the resulting much-anticipated “statement bike” can be yours for a mere €108,000.
You’ll have to be quick – only 100 will make it off the production line, for delivery in late 2020 – but the lucky owners will be getting quite a machine. “Who wants to bet that this could be Agent 007’s next ride?”
The bikes are being hand assembled in Brough Superior’s factory in Toulouse and the result combines “elegance, beauty and power”, says Ray Massey on This Is Money. The turbocharged V-twin engines put out 180 horsepower, promising an “incredible engine response” and “huge amounts of pulling-power”.
The result is “a unique, modern, lightweight and powerful sports bike concept”, says the manufacturer, with exclusive technical features, including a carbon-fibre body. It will come in the traditional Aston Martin racing colours of Stirling Green and Lime Essence with Matte Black wheels, forks and brake assemblies.
The latest footage of the AMB 001 roaring around a test track in France “does a very good job of making the 001 look even cooler” than it does in the showroom, says Matt Bird on Piston Heads. The AMB 001 “brings together” the traditional super-bike chassis with futuristic details “to create something unforgettable… What a Christmas present it promises to be”.
If you’re lucky enough to get such a thing from Santa, though, make sure you book yourself in for a track day as this is not a road-legal machine, says Stephen Dobie on Top Gear. You “might have already spotted its lack of concern for such dull details as ‘proper lights’, ‘a number plate’ or ‘absolutely any semblance of an aero screen’”. And the 1,000bhp/tonne ratio is the same as the Koenigsegg supercar – so this “is a hardcore thing”.
It’s “gorgeous too… and gorgeous is what you’d hope for when dropping €108,000 on something you can’t ride on the road”.
This article was originally published in MoneyWeek