The Aston Martin Cygnet may surprise many fans. Thanks to a customer request, Aston Martin has built a one-off, city-sized car, but put a 4.7 litre V8 engine in it, the same one you would find in the Vantage S.
The model, which is only 3.4 metres in length, can do 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 170 mph, although you won’t find many city streets where you’ll have the opportunity to test that out.
According to the Daily Mail, “it’s not a publicity stunt,” – one of the British firm’s most dedicated customers asked for the “ultimate tiny vehicle.” And so the customer got a baby swan. Some describe it as “a city car on steroids”, although you won’t fit many passengers in it as it is about the same size as a bathtub, at least in lengthways.
Cygnet built to reduce CO2 emissions
The Aston Martin Cygnet has been built before. Between 2011 and 2013 the firm built some to appease the EU fleet emission regulations. What was the problem? Aston Martin’s fleet primarily consists of supercars and they are big polluters. Therefore it needed to bring down the average CO2 emissions of all the vehicles it sold, and the Cygnet was the ‘tool’ used to do it. To achieve its goal, and keep on the right side of the law, Aston Martin too some basic range Toyota iQs and added some Aston Martin flair, such as a stylish interior and an Aston Martin grille on the front and gave these ‘new’ Cygnets a £31,000 price tag. It sold about 150 of this Aston Martin Cygnet models.
However, the latest Cygnet is not built to reduce CO2 emissions; it does the very opposite due to the V8 engine. The engine in the one-off model is four times as powerful as that in the original Cygnet. And this also meant doing a fair amount of work on the body, so that it could handle the engine.
Squeezing the Vantage into the Cygnet
Workers at Aston Martin’s factory have had to build a new front bulkhead and transmission tunnel, and they have used parts from a Vantage S, such as the gearbox and suspension. This Cygnet also has a racing roll cage and for its size, it emits a mighty roar, just like an Aston Martin supercar.
Nobody knows what the customer has paid for this “bonkers bullet on wheels”, but it’s got to have been a chunk of change.
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