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Aston Martin set to unveil its first ever motorcycle

Limited edition model will be made in collaboration with Brough Superior

Published: October 26, 2019, 10:30 PM
Updated: October 31, 2019, 9:29 PM

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The Aston Martin wings look set to adorn a motorcycle for the first time in the iconic English brand’s history, as Aston Martin Lagonda partners with Brough Superior for a limited-edition model to be unveiled at Milan’s Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo e Motociclo (EICMA) 2-wheel show.

Aston Martin motorcycle line drawing

“Aston Martin and Brough Superior are two luxury automotive manufacturers sharing the same passion for exclusive design and performance,” said Brough Superior CEO Thierry Henriette. “The idea of developing a motorcycle in a frame of a close partnership came naturally.”

Brough Superior has a history as rich as Aston Martin’s, having begun operations in 1919 and producing what has been described as “the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles” until 1940, and then resurrected in 2008 to build continuation models and eventually produce a new model in 2016.

Lawrence of Arabia on one of his Brough Superiors

Among the company’s most notable creations were eight motorcycles purchased by T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), including the model he was awaiting delivery of at the time of his death from injuries sustained when he crashed number 7.

The two companies share some common practices, including using the finest materials for their creations and offering bespoke design and engineering solutions to their customers. Those two characteristics alone are bound to produce a noteworthy vehicle, though there is no indication yet of what it may be, what it may look like and when it may be available.

1932 Brough Superior SS 100

“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,” said Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman. “We’re excited about the end result and can’t wait to see the reaction the motorcycle receives when it is revealed next year.”

A joint statement said the first new motorcycle (apparently indicating there will be others) will be a strictly limited-edition model, though nothing is known about it outside of a line drawing that reportedly shows its silhouette.

2019 Brough Superior Anniversary Edition

More details will be released at the unveiling in Milan on Nov. 5, 2019.