Aston Martin's stuffed a 430-hp V8 into a Cygnet city auto

Joanna Estrada
July 13, 2018

It is probably the most outrageous vehicle to ever wear the Aston Martin badge, but also one of the most intriguing as of late.

Aston Martin's bespoke Q division has stuffed a 430-horsepower V8 into a 2011 Cygnet city auto, transforming the tiny three-seater into a 275-km/h mini-monster. The one-off V8-Cygnet was created by the brand's "Q" branch for a customer commission.

Aston Martin Vice President and Special Operations Officer, David King said: "The V8 Cygnet shows the fun side of both Aston Martin and its customers".

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.

"I am sure that it will amaze and thrill people when they see and hear it on the hill at the Festival of Speed".

The Aston Martin Cygnet concept is developed in-house by Aston Martin's engineers; built on a right-hand drive Cygnet steel body shell and panels.

Produced at the behest of one of Aston's customers, the V8 Cygnet struggles to hide its new powertrain - a 4.7-litre, 430bhp V8 lifted from the previous-generation Vantage S.

From the outside, the vehicle is still recognisably a Cygnet with just a black mesh grille and large wheel arches to accommodate the 19-inch alloy wheels. The body is largely unmodified, save for massive wheel arches to accommodate tires that will actually maintain traction.

Elsewhere, the visibly wider track front and rear is bookended by new 19-inch alloy wheels, sitting over new 380mm brake discs at the front, and 330mm pieces at the rear. At the back, the Aston Martin V8 Cygnet gets central twin exhaust pipes, which is a bespoke system with twin underfloor mufflers and catalytic converters.

There's also a welded-in FIA-compliant roll-cage and race-spec cabin with Recaro Pole Position bucket seats and a cabonfibre dashboard, helping to trim the kerb weight to 1375kg, meaning power to weight is actually better than that of the Vantage S. It therefore accelerates from 0-62mph six-tenths quicker than the discontinued sports auto, taking 4.2sec. There's an FIA-compliant fire suppression system, and a Recaro racing seat in front of a removable Alcantara suede-wrapped steering wheel and a unique dashboard with the Vantage's instrument cluster. There are also two USB ports inside, as well as controls for air conditioning, because a little creature comfort never hurts.

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