Aston Martin V8 Cygnet unleashed at Goodwood with 430bhp

Aston Martin V8 Cygnet

Aston Martin V8 Cygnet

"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 compact body of our little city vehicle".

Can those front wheels really handle that kind of power? Instead of the 1.3-litre motor inherited from the Toyota iQ on which its based, this Cygnet gets the 4.7-litre, 430bhp V8 engine from the Vantage S. It's capable of 430bhp and 361lb ft, and will hit 60mph from a standstill just 4.2 seconds - faster than the Vantage S. And with a top speed of 170mph the V8 Cygnet is over 60mph faster than the standard supermini. The V8 Cygnet has a rollcage, new front bulkhead and transmission tunnel, while the subframe and suspension system were also pulled out from the Vantage S donor auto. It's a seven-speed Sportshift II transmission, sending power to the rear wheels through a tiny torque tube.

The V8 engine that powers the vehicle is mated to a seven-speed Sportshift II transmission and produces 430bhp and 490Nm of torque allowing a 0-60mph sprint of just 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 170mph.

Apart from the beefed-up brakes and suspension, there are super-big 19-inch wheels (up from 16 inches) rimmed with 235/40 tyres up front and 275/35 rubbers at the rear.

Given its status as an ultra-exclusive one-off, Aston Martin isn't quoting a price for the Cygnet V8.

Thanks to the eight-pot motor being positioned behind the front axle, the V8 Cygnet is claimed to have a 50:50 front-rear weight distribution.

In the cabin, fixed back carbon-fibre Recaro bucket seats are found, complete with four-point harnesses.

We were a bit relieved when Aston Martin discontinued the Cygnet in 2013.

When will it go on sale?

One of the most exciting, extreme and pocket-sized creations ever to wear the famous Aston Martin wings made its world debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

A customer pursued the Smart Fortwo-destroyer via the "Q by Aston Martin" service, presumably with deep pockets and a twisted sense of humor.

While the original Cygnet retailed for £30,000 GBP or approximately $40,000 back in 2011, don't expect this one-off concept auto to enter production anytime soon.

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