Aston Martin Cygnet was best known as the rebadged version of the Toyota iQ city car. Initially sold in the United Kingdom, the Cygnet was considered a failure in terms of sales, and by 2013, it was dead. However, the Cygnet is resurrected from the dead as a commissioned one-off city car with around 430 bhp of potential under its hood.
Compared to its typical base model, the Aston Martin V8 Cygnet is dubbed as as the ultimate city car, both in looks and in power. Making its global debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the V8 Cygnet was commissioned by a customer via the British marque’s bespoke personalization service, the ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’ service.
The project started with the steel body shell and panels of a right-hand drive Aston Martin Cygnet, as welded to a roll cage. To accommodate the 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine from the Aston martin Vantage S, engineers create a new front bulkhead and transmission tunnel from sheet metal. Also fitted into the project are subframes and suspension from the previous-generation Vantage as well as a steel fuel tank housing (boot area).
While the front end of the Aston Martin V8 Cygnet remains the same – save for a subtle black mesh – the wheel arches have been widened, as complemented by carbon composite flared extensions that help wider front and rear tracks. The new V8 Cygnet rides on new forged, five-spoke, 19-inch diamond-turned wheels, compared to the 16-inch rims of a typical Cygnet. These larger wheels are shod with Bridgestone tires (8.5×19 inches 235/40/19 on the front and 9.5×19 inches 275/35/19 at the rear. Its rear end, meanwhile, features central twin exhaust pipes.
Inside, the Aston Martin V8 Cygnet features fixed back Recaro bucket seats with four-point harnesses, Alcantara-wrapped removable steering wheel, a bespoke carbon dash with the instrument cluster from the vantage, as well as roll cage and a full FIA-compliant fire extinguisher system. The cabin of the V8 Cygnet also has leather pull straps on the carbon door cards as well as two USB ports alongside the bespoke HVAC controls.
Meanwhile, a 4.7-liter, naturally-aspirated V8 engine from previous-generation Vantage S is tuned to deliver 430 bhp of max output and 490 Nm (361 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This engine sends power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed Sportshift II transmission, also derived from the Vantage S.
These figures significantly increased the potential of the V8 Cygnet, which boasts of a power-to-weight ratio of 313 bhp per ton. In fact, the V8 Cygnet can sprint from nil to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, which is quicker than the V8 Vantage S. In addition, the new V8 Cygnet has a top speed of 170 mph, or more than 60 mph faster than a typical Cygnet.