Aston Martin’s engineers decided to build an city-focused Cygnet model, which deserves the emblem of a British manufacturer.
A small, 1.3-litre 97 hp engine from the Toyota Aygo was thrown out and instead, somehow, the 4.7-litre V8 from Vantage S was successfully installed. It now has a power output of 430 hp and 490 Nm, which is more than 4 times that of the original. The transmission is carried out by Vantage’s original Speedshift II automatic gearbox, and the chassis has been redesigned to power only the rear wheels.
As you can guess, putting 4 times bigger engine caused significant weight increase. In order to reduce overweight, the Cygnet has been rebuilt inside. All unnecessary elements have been removed, and there are only two places inside on the lightweight Recaro seats, and the new dashboard is made of carbon fibre.
In order to achieve the best possible grip, the car was significantly widened and given huge wheel arches. The vehicle’s width is now 1920 mm, 24 cm more than the original. The track width is 1570 mm at the front and 1560 mm at the rear. The rear wheels are fitted with tyres of size 275/35/R19.
In terms of performance, the Aston Martin Cygnet V8 only takes 4.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) and a maximum speed is 170 mph (274 km/h). For comparison, the original model needed as much as 11.8 seconds and its maximum speed was 106 mph (171 km/h).
The car can be admired during the ongoing Goodwood Festival of Speed. Below you will find its first lap, a promotional video and a photo gallery.