Aston Martin Resurrects Cygnet Concept With A V8 Engine

Big things, small packages: Aston Martin reveals V8 Cygnet

Cygnets produced previously by Aston Martin were based on the Toyota IQ and had an engine that was a full 3.4-liters smaller than the unit in this new one-off, producing a staggering 333 horsepower less than the one appearing at Goodwood this weekend.

With 333bhp extra on board, Aston Martin claims that the V8 Cygnet is capable of 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds - faster than the outgoing V8 Vantage S. Top speed has been clocked at 170mph. Front and rear subframes are derived from the same Vantage as the engine, while there's an entirely new front bulkhead, transmission tunnel (just look at that handbrake) and a racey part-Vantage interior, complete with roll cage and bucket seats.

Big things, small packages: Aston Martin reveals V8 Cygnet

The Aston Martin Cygnet has been built with a 4.7-litre, 430bhp V8 engine from the Vantage S. A courageous pilot can expect to hit 170 miles per hour if they don't lift off the accelerator.

Just when everyone had forgotten about Aston Martin's experiment with the Cygnet city vehicle, the company itself is bringing the Toyota iQ-based mini back in the news.

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430 PS worth of power is then sent to the seven-speed automated manual transmission mounted at the rear via a tiny torque tube which then ultimately sends power to the rear 19-inch wheels.

While the 2011 Cygnet stayed mechanically true to the iQ, with its 97bhp 1.3-litre four-pot motor and front-wheel drive, the V8 Cygnet turns everything on its head. 380mm discs with six-piston monoblock calipers are at the front, and 330mm discs with four-piston monoblock calipers at the rear.

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Developed in-house by Aston Martin engineers, the V8 Cygnet is a showcase of the levels that Q by Aston Martin can go to if a customer so desires. The automaker is getting the opportunity to see how it runs at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it is making its official debut at the hillclimb.

Oh, and just so it stands out even further, the V8 Cygnet features twin central exhaust pipes - just in case those wider arches didn't give the game away. A new intake was designed with twin air filters. The alcantara covered steering wheel is removable and behind this sits a bespoke carbon dash with the familiar Vantage instrument cluster.

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