Aston Martin brings high-powered Cygnet city car to Goodwood

Big things, small packages: Aston Martin reveals V8 Cygnet

Aston Martin has revealed that its new 430bhp Cygnet, a one-off model from Aston Martin's Q commission service, will be one of two new models from the legendary British sports vehicle manufacturer on display at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. That's right, this monster Cygnet, which Aston sold in the early 2010s and was based on the Toyota iQ city auto, was built for one very lucky (and brave) customer.

The complete mechanical reworking starts with a roll cage welded inside and the 4.7-litre 430bhp normally-aspirated V8 (from the just-replaced Vantage S) dropped into the nose behind a new bulkhead.

Hiding beneath new carbon-composite wheelarches are the same 19-inch alloy wheels from the Vantage, as are the six-piston front brakes, subframes and basic suspension layouts. A fearless pilot can expect to hit 170 miles per hour if they don't lift off the accelerator. The Aston Martin V8 Cygnet has been brought to life for a single customer through the "Q by Aston Martin - Commission" service.

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. The car's top speed has also increased to a scarcely believable 170mph - some 60mph more than for the original Cygnet.

Big things, small packages: Aston Martin reveals V8 Cygnet
Aston Martin's stuffed a 430-hp V8 into a Cygnet city car

Aston Martin Vice President & Special Operations Officer, David King said: "The V8 Cygnet shows the fun side of both Aston Martin and its customers".

The V8 Cygnet looks relatively untouched from the front - apart from a mesh grille, and those new wheel arches which we'll get to later - but it hides a very different powerplant under its bonnet. However, you can see the Aston Martin V8 Cygnet in action this weekend's 25th anniversary Goodwood Festival of Speed. It's mated to the seven-speed Sportshift II transmission which delivers power to the rear wheels via a torque tube.

The interior of the auto is a ferry from the luxury of a typical Aston Martin with a stripped back, track-focused design including carbon fibre trim alluminium pedals and fire extinguisher. The steering wheel is removable, and the dash uses a Vantage instrument cluster.

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