The small Aston Martin Cygnet, which was nothing more than a remarked Toyota iQ and with higher quality upholstery, might not be the ideal option for the brand’s customers to move around the city. But, after all these years, Aston Martin has found the solution.
The latest creation of the personalization division ‘Q by Aston Martin’ of Gaydon’s house is called Aston Martin V8 Cygnet, and it is a very special request from a client, who wanted a Cygnet with much more power and punch. They have materialized in what the brand calls “the definitive urban”, that we can see this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
As its name suggests, the little boy of the house hides a 4.7-liter atmospheric V8 engine – slightly modified – with a power of 436 hp and a maximum torque of 490 Nm – inherited from the Vantage S -, which propels the rear wheels through a self-locking differential and allows more than respectable performance: 0 to 100 km / h in just over 4.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 274 km / h, no less.
Despite these figures, the Cygnet V8 is not exactly light, and more considering its dimensions (3.7 meters long). It weighs a whopping 1,375 kilograms, but having such a block under the hood, the weight-power ratio is 3.15 kilograms per horse, or 317 HP per ton.
To stop it, we use a brake equipment with 380 mm discs and monobloc six-piston calipers on the front axle, and 330-mm discs with four-piston calipers on the rear axle. The calipers are painted in yellow, in contrast to the Buckinghamshire green color of the body.
Half Cygnet, half Vantage
The entire vehicle was designed by Aston Martin engineers, who took as a basis a right-hand drive Cygnet, to which they added an anti-rollover cage and modifications such as a new transmission tunnel – the transmission shaft itself is almost a miniature – or a steel fuel tank located in the trunk.
The suspension, for example, has been borrowed from the previous generation Vantage, such as the V8 engine and the seven-speed Sportshift II automatic gearbox, while the exhaust system is tailor-made and, due to the short distance Between collector and exhaust tail, the sound of the Cygnet V8 promises to be very characteristic.
The outward appearance remains fairly true to the original Cygnet, but the widened carbon fiber wheel arches , necessary to accommodate wider tracks (1.57 meters front and 1.56 meters behind) and large forged wheels that go from 16 to 19 inches – with Bridgestone tires 235/40/19 and 275/35 / 19-, already give a track on what hides the car, as well as the double and central exhaust outlets of the rear.
Finally, the interior looks almost competitive, thanks to the roll cage, the fire extinguishing system, the Recaro seats of the baquet type with four-point harnesses, the removable steering wheel covered in Alcantara, the instrument panel of the Vantage or a carbon fiber console made to measure.
And, in spite of everything, in Gaydon they do not forget the luxury, thanks to details such as leather door handles, carbon fiber coverings for doors, two USB ports or specific design controls for air conditioning. The pedal board is also taken from the Vantage, although the brake pedal has been made to measure.