One-off city vehicle revealed by Aston Martin

Big things, small packages: Aston Martin reveals V8 Cygnet

Big things, small packages: Aston Martin reveals V8 Cygnet

The carbon composite flared wheel arches are anything but subtle, and are there to accommodate the significantly wider front and rear tracks, as well as the 19-inch forged five-spoke wheels shod with 275/35 Bridgestone tyres at the rear.

The oft-maligned Cygnet has, since its debut, been something of an anachronism among Aston Martins. Although it was supposed to help the company meet tightening emissions requirements in Europe, the city vehicle based on the Scion iQ didn't fit in Aston Martin's lineup, and everyone noticed.

In a feat worthy of Dr Who's Tardis, Aston has managed to find much more room under the Cygnet's body than anyone knew existed to fit a 4.7 litre V8 from the old Vantage S, complete with seven-speed sequential gearbox sending power through a shortened drive to the back wheels.

Seeing a regular Cygnet is rare.

The suits at Gaydon say the V8 Cygnet was built to show the fun side of Aston Martin and can be seen at the ongoing Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. With all that grunt in a 1375kg package, the Cygnet will hit 60mph (97km/h) in just 4.2 seconds and runs to 170mph (274km/h) at full noise. That's 60 miles per hour faster than the standard Cygnet's top speed.

Subframes, suspension and big disc brakes, six-piston up front with bright yellow calipers, are also derived from the Vantage.

The auto also stops more effectively thanks to 380mm front discs with six-piston calipers and 330mm rear discs with four-piston calipers, while the suspension set-up comprises independent double wishbones at the front and wheel.

"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". The Vantage instrument cluster has been integrated into a bespoke carbon dashboard, and the Alcantara-clad wheel is removable, just as in a proper race auto. It'll be showing off its stuff at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. 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.

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