Making its world debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, a one-off Aston Martin V8 Cygnet is already billed the ‘The Ultimate City Car’. Sporting a 4.7-litre, 430bhp V8 engine from the Vantage S and a very short torque tube, the car was created for a single customer through the ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’ service.
The V8 Cygnet features a right-hand drive steel body shell and panels. A roll cage was welded to this, becoming an integral part of the chassis in the process, while a new front bulkhead and transmission tunnel were fabricated from sheet metal to accommodate the characterful 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 Vantage S powertrain. Subframes and suspension are also taken from the previous generation Vantage and a steel fuel tank housing has been mounted in the boot area, utilizing every inch of space. To accommodate the significantly wider front and rear tracks, Aston Martin’s engineers made beautiful carbon composite flared extensions. These also house the new forged, five-spoke, diamond-turned wheels, which have grown from 16” to 19” in diameter.
The rear of the car features the central twin exhaust pipes. The exhaust itself is a bespoke system with twin underfloor mufflers and catalytic converters. The little car is powered by the 4.7-litre, naturally-aspirated V8 that is more usually found beneath the bonnet of the previous-generation Vantage S. Borrowed also from the V8 sorts car, the gearbox has a seven-speed Sportshift II transmission taking care of the shifting. Power is transferred via a miniature torque tube to the 9.5” rear wheels, which are complemented by 275/35 Bridgestone tyres.
Weighing just 1375kg when full of fluids, the V8 Cygnet has a power-to-weight ratio of 313bhp/tonne. It is capable of accelerating faster than the V8 Vantage S with 0-60mph taking just 4.2 seconds. With a top speed of 170mph it is over 60mph faster than the regular Cygnet.
The interior reflects the V8 Cygnet’s race car nature. In addition to the roll cage there is a fully FIA compliant fire extinguisher system and seating is taken care of by composite, fixed back Recaro bucket seats with four-point harnesses. The Alcantara covered steering wheel is removable and behind this sits a bespoke carbon dash with the familiar Vantage instrument cluster.
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