Aston Martin will put a V12 in the Cygnet city car if there is enough demand

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 28, 2012

If there’s enough demand for the V12 engine, the Aston Martin Cygnet city car may be available with this engine. According to Autocar, a feasibility study has already been done. They also said that the 6.0-litre V12 from its top-of-the-line cars will fit the tiny city car’s engine bay without needing major modifications.

The additional upgrades to permit the Toyota IQ-based Cygnet to manage the weight, hp and torque of the powertrain are believed to be “significant but not insurmountable.”

It’s believed that the V12 will need to be significantly detuned from the 510bhp it offers in the new DB9 and Vantage models. Presently, the Cygnet is sold just in one state of tune, equipped with Toyota’s 97bhp 1.3-litre petrol unit.

If Aston gets the green signal for a production Cygnet V12, it will probably be sold as a project car much like the Nissan Juke R has been.

The Juke R, which uses the Nissan GT-R’s running gear in a Juke supermini body, is priced at about £400,000. It will enter limited production, primarily for the Middle East market, after having received a good feedback for the concept car’s creation.

The Cygnet from Aston Martin has set new standards for compact luxury cars, with the automaker tapping into almost a hundred years of experience in manufacturing different varieties of vehicles from sports cars to luxury grand tourers. The Cygnet is the brand’s way of showing how committed it is when it comes to integrity and innovation.

Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO for Aston Martin, proudly states that the company has always been honest and has never made any compromises. The time has come, Bez adds, to look at things differently. When the Aston Martin does something, the company makes sure that it does it right.

However, even if the company aims for performance it would never compromise on its cars. The Cygnet is a good example of this commitment as it is able to meet the needs of space and emissions. Bez shares that customers prefer a smaller car especially for use in the city.

The goal was therefore to find a way to downsize without the need to compromise other features. The Cygnet is an excellent illustration of this very basic but simple idea that when driving in the city, freedom and speed are important.

Measuring three meters in length, the Cygnet gives the driver a higher degree of freedom since it can use even the smallest of parking spaces and it can go through small gaps when in traffic. While it gives a high level of quality, the Cygnet uses less fuel and emits the least emissions.

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