Aston Martin Resurrects Cygnet Concept With A V8 Engine
14 July, 2018, 02:22 | Author: Rafael Roberts
"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".
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 majority of the Cygnet's front end has been redesigned to accommodate the comparatively-huge engine. The naturally aspirated mill is mounted to a custom bulkhead and transmission tunnel, while the subframe and suspension components carry over from the previous-generation Vantage. It's a seven-speed Sportshift II transmission, sending power to the rear wheels through a tiny torque tube. That said, it reaches 0-60 in 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 273 km/h.
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. In order to accommodate the significantly wider front and rear tracks, the carbon composite flared extensions were made.
Power is rated at an identical 430bhp as the V8 Vantage S, but thanks to the compact body, the kerb weight is just 1375kg, giving the V8 Cygnet a 313bhp/tonne power-to-weight ratio.
Developed in-house by Aston Martin engineers, the V8 Cygnet is a showcase of the levels that Q by Aston Martin can go to if a customer so desires.
In what might be the most freakish example of a factory customer commission yet, Q by Aston Martin has revealed details of a weird and wonderful V8-powered Cygnet. The alcantara covered steering wheel is removable and behind this sits a bespoke carbon dash with the familiar Vantage instrument cluster.
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