Aston Martin Cafe Racer Is the Unlikely Bike We Wouldn’t Mind Getting

2 years, 1 month ago - 17 December 2020, autoevolution
Aston Martin Cafe Racer Is the Unlikely Bike We Wouldn’t Mind Getting
At the end of last year, when the world was still holding in-person events, the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan opened its doors to a world of two-wheeled wonders.

Among them, the track-only motorcyle made by British-based Brough Superior together with... Aston Martin.

Called AMB 001, the motorcycle is not exactly an Aston Martin engineering masterpiece. That part was handled by Brough, while the carmaker was tasked with the design: we get the company's Stirling Green and Lime Essence colors, a carbon fiber fin designed to mimic car wings, and stainless steel wings fitted on the nose and the tank, among other things.

Kind of the same thing happened with the Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition helicopter: the Brits are not actually in charge of anything mechanical, just the finishing touches: they made the seats, added luxury elements, and placed a plaque with the Aston logo on the instrument panel.

So the question is: could Aston really make a motorcycle from the ground up (we're not going into the helicopter thing yet)? Probably, given they do make some of the world's best cars. But that doesn't mean they'll do it, obviously.

Thankfully, the world we live in allows us to imagine pretty much everything we want, so here is an Aston Martin cafe racer, inspired by the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation. Envisioned by the crew over at Australian insurance company Budget Direct, it doesn't look so Aston-ish, but hey, this is not a four-wheeler you're looking at.

Being a rendering and all, it's up to each of us to imagine when something like this could become a reality, but also what powers such a machine. The image shows a nimble build with an internal combustion engine held by the frame, partially guided using the controls fitted on the low-mounted handlebars.