The Aston Martin Cygnet, more commonly known as the 'small Aston Martin' or the 'Aston Martin Smart Car', originally started life as a rebadged version of the Toyota IQ. Many didn’t understand the reasoning behind a small Aston Martin, but this was simply done so that Aston Martin would comply with the 202 European Union Imposed fleet average emissions regulations, as before the Cygnet all Aston Martin’s were very thirsty and had no chill when it came to poluting the planet.
However, the Cygnet didn’t turn out to be as much of a success as they expected, and didnt really connect with thier target of the first car for kids with super rich parents or wealthy older women. Aston expected to manufacture and deliver 4000 units a year, but shockingly, only 300 units were delivered over the first 2 year period leading to the small Aston Martin being discontinued in 2013... That was until it re-emerged just yesterday.
The once slow small Aston Martin now looks to have taken a hand full of 'Anavar' tablets, fully reaching beast mode. The all new 'one-off' Cygnet was unveiled during the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018, which was mind boggling to say the least.
The original Cygnet played host to a 1.3 litre engine, but now receives a monterous 4.7-litre v8 engine from the previous generation Aston Martin Vantage S... some how. Thanks to this new engine, the Cygnet will now hit 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds and has a ridiculous top speed of 170mph. Making me wonder that if they switched up the target market (boy racers) and tried to compete with the Fiat 500 Abarth, would their sales have rocketed?
This new Cygnet hasn’t only received a new engine, it also received a tonne of other upgrades such as lighter 19inch alloys, new brakes, a wider carbon fibre bodykit & fenders, gearbox, subframes, suspension and finally a stripped out, light weight interior.
This new beast produces over four times as much power, and will likely cost four times as much as a standard cygnet which already cost £31,000. You can be sure that the bill was run up very high when it came to the r&d on this one-off creation.
When manufacturers create such ridiculous one-offs, people are quick to assume that it is just a publicity stunt, however, in this case the 'small Aston Martin' was created for one of their special VIP customers, who asked them to create a monster in disguise.