V8 Aston Martin Cygnet revealed

Donna Miller
July 13, 2018

One of the most exciting, extreme and pocket-sized creations ever to wear the famous Aston Martin wings made its world debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Only it's been tweaked a little bit - and now has the 430bhp V8 engine from the previous-generation Vantage S. Hopefully. But for the meantime, you can catch it running up the Duke of Richmond's driveway at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. The Aston Martin V8 Cygnet has been brought to life for a single customer through the "Q by Aston Martin - Commission" service. Aston Martin says the "Q" department exists to allow customers to fully express themselves - though what the owner of this auto wants to convey might be beyond cognition. 'It is also a fine example of the engineering talent within the company as it's no small achievement to fit the Vantage's V8 engine so harmoniously into the Cygnet's compact body'. However, there is no disguising the extra width of the wheel arches.

When new, the Cygnet - based on the Toyota iQ but re-trimmed and sold by Aston Martin, to help the supercar-maker meet emissions targets - came with a 97-horsepower 1.3-litre four-cylinder. The compact exhaust system is bespoke to the V8 Cygnet, producing what is likely to be a very un-city car-like engine noise.

Every other adjustment in the vehicle has essentially been added to help cope with the Cygnet's 430bhp. A roll cage was welded to this that became an integral part of the chassis in the process, while a new front bulkhead and transmission tunnel were fabricated from sheet metal to accommodate the 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 Vantage S powertrain.

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A large steel fuel tank is now stowed in the boot of the Cygnet, while a race-ready extinguisher system and racing harnesses make it ultimately developed the the track.

Aston Martin has done away with much of the standard Cygnet's interior though, fitting a dash derived from the Vantage, with an FIA type-approval rollcage and seating set up.

Given those outputs, the regular 16-inch wheels weren't really going to cut it. Aston Martin has fitted 19-inch rear wheels wrapped in 275/35 rubber down back and 235/40 tyres up front, with 330mm and 380mm brake discs on each respective axle. There are lightweight 19in wheels (up from 16s on the standard car), which are mounted on a widened track that requires the carbonfibre wide arches that have been produced specifically for the vehicle.

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