One-off project inherits engine and running gear from previous Vantage S; it’s due at Goodwood

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 was demonstrated at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, shoehorns its Vantage S-sourced 4.7-litre atmospheric eight-cylinder under the front bonnet.

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.

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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 kerb weight to 1375kg, meaning power to weight is actually better than that of the Vantage S. It therefore accelerates from 0-62mph six-tenths quicker than the discontinued sports car, taking 4.2sec. Top speed is 170mph, which is 64mph quicker than the standard, 1.3-litre-engined Cygnet could manage.

The car 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 rear. 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.

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”.

“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.”

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12 July 2018

Would love one of these, makes up for the lacklustre original...

You are the weakest link......

12 July 2018
The Dr wrote:

Would love one of these, makes up for the lacklustre original...

I had a 2012 Scion iQ with the 1.33 litre unit and piled 130,000 miles on it over five years, in all the weather extremes of Pennsylvania. It never missed a beat. Superb little car.

 

12 July 2018
That's no longer a Cygnet. It's now a beast of a swan!
Mesumguy

12 July 2018

Fantastic!  Amongst all the dreary articles about yet another SUV, this is a breath of fresh air.

12 July 2018

A short wheelbase, wide track and a lot of grunt... That will be interesting and a lot of fun.

Citroëniste.

12 July 2018

waste of time#

12 July 2018
lambo1 wrote:

waste of time#

 

The article wasn't about you.

12 July 2018

You need to stick a post-it note on the dashboard that says 'Beware of the kerb and other obstacles, this car is wider than you think'

12 July 2018

This vs. renault clio V6 track-battle please Autocar.

12 July 2018
michael knight wrote:

This vs. renault clio V6 track-battle please Autocar.

Great idea! Please Autocar.

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