Aston Martin brings 430bhp city auto to Goodwood

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 15, 2018

The auto will tackle the Goodwood hillclimb this weekend, in what's sure to be one of the more interesting runs of the Festival of Speed.

Earlier this decade, Aston Martin rebadged a Scion iQ and sold the vehicle complete with a wheezy 1.3-liter engine as the Cygnet.

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. A roll cage has been welded in for extra rigidity, while subframes and the suspension from the outgoing Vantage have been fitted in the name of handling prowess. Borrowing the 4.7-liter V-8 engine from the previous-gen Vantage S, the auto makes 430 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque. A fearless pilot can expect to hit 170 miles per hour if they don't lift off the accelerator.

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

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The cool thing about the V8 Cygnet is that it remains recognizable as a Cygnet from the outside, with the front end largely untouched. Aston's craftsmen had to fit a new bulkhead and transmission tunnel to make room for the bigger engine, keeping its accompanying seven-speed automatic transmission and shortening the Vantage's driveshaft for the smaller package. 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.

"I am sure that it will amaze and thrill people when they see and hear it on the hill at the festival of speed".

As a result, the V8 Cygnet gets carbon composite flared extensions, wrapped around 19-inch five-spoke, forged, diamond-turned wheels.

Oh, and just so it stands out even further, the V8 Cygnet features twin central exhaust pipes - just in case those wider arches didn't give the game away.

Inside there are familiar Vantage dials on the carbon dash, Alcantara trim, shapely Recaro buckets for two and, reinforcing the competition potential of the V8 Cygnet, FIA fire extinguisher and four-point harnesses.

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