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430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback

Autocar logo Autocar 12/07/2018 Sam Sheehan
430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback © Autocar 430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback

Aston Martin’s Q commission service has produced a one-off Cygnet that uses the 430bhp V8 engine and running gear from the previous-generation Vantage S.

The custom hatchback, which will be demonstrated at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, shoehorns its Vantage S-sourced 4.7-litre atmospheric eight-cylinder under the front bonnet.

430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback © Autocar 430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback

The Cygnet’s chassis, which is based on that of the Toyota IQ, has been extensively modified with a new bulkhead and transmission tunnel, providing space for a seven-speed Sportshift II (also taken from the previous Vantage) automatic gearbox and shortened Vantage driveshaft to power the rear wheels.

430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback © Autocar 430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback

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 kerbweight to 1375kg, meaning power to weight is actually better than that of the Vantage S.

430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback © Autocar 430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback

It therefore accelerates from 0-62mph six-tenths quicker than the discontinued sports car, taking 4.2sec. Top speed is 170mph, which is 64mph better than the standard, 1.3-litre-engined Cygnet, could manage.

430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback © Autocar 430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback

The car also stops more effectively thanks to 380mm front discs with six-piston calipers and 330mm rear with four-piston calipers at the rear, while the suspension setup comprises independent double wishbones at the front and wheel. There are lightweight 19in wheels (up from 16s on the standard car), which are mounted on a widened track that requires the carbonfibre wide arches that have been produced specifically for the car.

430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback © Autocar 430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback

Aston Martin vice president and Special Operations officer David King said the model, which is claimed to have a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, illustrates the brand’s “fun side”.

430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback © Autocar 430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback

“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,” he said. “I am sure that it will amaze and thrill people when they see and hear it on the hill at the Festival of Speed.”


430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback

430bhp Aston Martin Cygnet revealed as V8-powered hatchback
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