British luxury automaker Aston Martin has unveiled its first ever motorcycle.
The official premiere took place at the international exhibition EICMA in Milan. This is a model that will be created in a limited edition of 100 copies.
The first Aston Martin motorcycle will go on sale at the end of 2020. It is known that its cost will be about 120 thousand dollars. According to the information provided by the automaker, the motorcycle will be designed exclusively for driving on the race track.
The project is being implemented jointly by Aston Martin and British motorcycle brand Brough Superior, whose factory in Toulouse will hand-assemble the new models. The motorcycle will combine the modern technology of Brough Superior and the iconic design of Aston Martin.
The model, named AMB 001 after the first letters of the manufacturers, is equipped with a 997 cc turbocharged V-engine with 180 hp. The frame of the motorcycle will be made of special carbon fiber, which will reduce its weight to 180 kg. The AMB 001 will reportedly feature Aston Martin's characteristic greenish paint job with a winged logo, as well as a hand-sewn leather seat. Wheels, forks and brake units of the motorcycle will be finished in matte black.
“With the AMB 001, Aston Martin and Brough Superior present a unique, modern, lightweight and powerful sportbike concept featuring exclusive technical features, including a chassis configuration with a double wishbone front fork and a structural carbon fiber body,” the press release notes. manufacturer.
Under the Brough Superior brand, motorcycles were produced in the UK from 1919 to 1940, when the company filed for bankruptcy and effectively ceased to exist. In 2008, the brand was revived, and in 2013, the first prototype of a new motorcycle in the last 70 years was presented.
For Aston Martin, the release of the first motorcycle in more than 100 years of history is another way to make itself known against the backdrop of rather weak financial performance. In the first half of 2019, the automaker sold 2,442 vehicles and saw its revenue fall by 4%. After going public in the fall of 2018, the company's shares have already fallen in price by more than 70%.