Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

The Aston Martin Cygnet is Back…With a V-8 Engine

Aston Martin V8 Cygnet ASTON MARTINAston Martin V8 Cygnet has supercar power in a city car body
Cecil Davis | 14 July, 2018, 02:23

It features subframes and a suspension derived from the previous-gen Vantage as well.

Can those front wheels really handle that kind of power? Although it was supposed to help the company meet tightening emissions requirements in Europe, the city auto based on the Scion iQ didn't fit in Aston Martin's lineup, and everyone noticed.

The majority of the Cygnet's front end has been redesigned to accommodate the comparatively-huge engine.

Despite the Cygnet's tiny dimensions, the 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, borrowed from the previous-generation Vantage S, has somehow been shoehorned between the nose and dashboard in a space usually fitted with little more than a 1-litre three-cylinder.

The model takes a few other cues from the Vantage S. These include a seven-speed automated manual transmission, as well as braking and engine cooling system parts.

Elsewhere, the visibly wider track front and rear is bookended by new 19-inch alloy wheels, sitting over new 380mm brake discs at the front, and 330mm pieces at the rear.

The V8 engine that powers the auto is mated to a seven-speed Sportshift II transmission and produces 430bhp and 490Nm of torque allowing a 0-60mph sprint of just 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 170mph. Housing them are flared wheel arches made from carbon composite material.

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Power is rated at an identical 430bhp as the V8 Vantage S, but thanks to the compact body, the kerb weight is just 1375kg, giving the V8 Cygnet a 313bhp/tonne power-to-weight ratio.

Joining the all-new 715bhp DBS Superleggera flagship will be a one-off Cygnet commissioned though Aston's Q customisation service, which the firm has dubbed "the ultimate city car".

In the cabin, fixed back carbon-fibre Recaro bucket seats are found, complete with four-point harnesses.

"The V8 Cygnet shows the fun side of both Aston Martin and its customers", said David King, Aston Martin vice president and special operations officer.

When will it go on sale? The right-hand-drive layout of the V8 Cygnet highly means that the buyer resides in the UK. It'll be showing off its stuff at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.

While the original Cygnet retailed for £30,000 GBP or approximately $40,000 back in 2011, don't expect this one-off concept vehicle to enter production anytime soon. It was a sales flop rather than a success story in the showroom.