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Enthusiasts Aston Martin Just Took Its Ill-Fated Cygnet Microcar and Stuffed a V-8 in It

23:50  12 july  2018
23:50  12 july  2018 Source:   caranddriver.com

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Aston Martin Vice President & Special Operations Officer, David King said: "The V 8 Cygnet shows the fun side of both Aston Martin and its customers. As a result, the V 8 Cygnet is capable of accelerating faster than the V 8 Vantage S with 0-60mph taking just 4.2 seconds.

Aston Martin claims that only a tenth of a second separates the V 8 from the V12 on 0-62mph acceleration, and also says the new 'budget/economy' version is still good for 187mph. Matt Saunders got our first taste of it on the road, and took a view on the age-old 'less is more' dilemma.

Aston Martin Just Took Its Ill-Fated Cygnet and Stuffed a V-8 in It: Aston Martin has stuffed a V-8 into its tiny Cygnet city car. Yes, it took some doing. Read more and see photos at Car and Driver. © Car and Driver Aston Martin has stuffed a V-8 into its tiny Cygnet city car. Yes, it took some doing. Read more and see photos at Car and Driver.

If you hold, as we do, that the combination of a small car and a large engine is a noble one, then this Aston Martin is a true aristocrat. While we are slightly surprised that at least one well-heeled owner asked the question, “Will a V-8 fit into the Aston Cygnet?” we are extremely glad that the company chose to answer in the affirmative. The result is the one-off 430-hp supermini that is making its debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. 

When new, the Aston Cygnet was generally regarded as an ugly duckling. Dating from the still recent period when Aston had more ambition than development budget, it was a tarted-up version of the Toyota iQ (our Scion iQ), and it featured a more luxurious interior and what looked to be a grafted-on DB9 grille. It cost twice as much as the Toyota it was based on but was powered by the same 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine, which directed a dizzying 97 horsepower to the front wheels.

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The Cygnet died in 2013 after two years of minimal sales, with little more than laughter following it to the grave. Yet the intervening years have brought a strange change and a rehabilitation that has seen the least likely Aston become something of a cult car. Highly prized by Aston Martin collectors, the model is regularly advertised at prices above the nearly $40,000 base price that the car commanded when new.

And now, at the request of an owner, the Q by Aston Martin department has turned the Cygnet into a car with performance worthy of its badge. Extensive surgery has seen the 4.7-liter V-8 from the outgoing Vantage transplanted into the stubby front end; a conversion to rear-wheel drive means that the automated Sportshift II single-clutch automatic transmission sends the engine’s output to the drive wheels via a very short torque tube. We’re told that the car weighs just over 3000 pounds and, according to Aston Martin, is capable of outaccelerating the V8 Vantage S, with a claimed 4.2-second zero-to-60-mph time and a 170-mph top speed.

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Aston Martin is a car for guys…..that ad !…is for guys..come on Aston Martin lagonda… lighten up.. Its the best Advert youv’e had for years. Now, perhaps it ’s just better to tap you on your but and let you go back to play. I ’ ll take keys for my AM and go for a spin.

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The project might sound like a Frankenstein special, but the uber-Cygnet has been completed with Q by Aston Martin’s usual attention to detail. It features a motorsports-grade full roll cage, Recaro racing bucket seats with full four-point harnesses, and a fire-suppression system as well as a removable steering wheel. The bodywork has been stretched using new carbon-fiber panels that accommodate 19-inch wheels (the stock Cygnet maxed out at 16s) and fat Bridgestone tires. Braking is by 15.0-inch front discs gripped by six-pot calipers, with 13.0-inch discs at the rear. 

With the agreement of its owner, who has paid an undisclosed amount for the conversion, Aston is rolling out the V8 Cygnet at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will be running on the famous hill-climb course throughout the weekend. A company spokesman told us the plan is for “entertainment rather than pace,” with what we imagine will be an abundance of tire smoke. Any other Cygnet owners wanting something similar, though, are out of luck: Aston insists the V8 will be a one-off. 

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