Aston Martin Cygnet is BACK

Alonzo Simpson
July 15, 2018

The wheels in those arches have grown in stature too, now measuring 19-inches in diameter over the standard 16.

Britain's history of eccentric, plucky sports cars has a newcomer this morning, from Aston Martin.

Aston Martin vice president and Special Operations officer David King said the model, which is claimed to have a ideal 50:50 weight distribution, illustrates the brand's "fun side".

In what might be the most freaky example of a factory customer commission yet, Q by Aston Martin has revealed details of a weird and wonderful V8-powered Cygnet.

The result is 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds - even quicker than the Vantage - along with a top speed of 170mph. The donor vehicle is a right-hand drive Cygnet, from which the Q team took the steel body shell and panels and welded on a roll cage.

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With 430 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque, Aston Martin estimates the V8 Cygnet will hit 60 miles per hour in 4. Fewer than 150 units were sold in the United Kingdom, putting Aston Martin well below its goal of 4,000 per year. Even as rare as it now is, though, this V8 Cygnet is even rarer. 2 seconds or less and top out somewhere around 170 miles per hour.

Thanks to the eight-pot motor being positioned behind the front axle, the V8 Cygnet is claimed to have a 50:50 front-rear weight distribution. They're yellow painted, to contrast with the Buckinghamshire green bodywork.

In the cabin, fixed back carbon-fibre Recaro bucket seats are found, complete with four-point harnesses.

To fit that engine into the car's very compact proportions a new front bulkhead and transmission tunnel had to be specially fabricated from sheet metal, and the suspension and subframe are partly shared with the previous-generation Vantage that loaned its engine to the Cygnet. The alcantara covered steering wheel is removable and behind this sits a bespoke carbon dash with the familiar Vantage instrument cluster. 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.

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