Aston Martin Puts V8 in Tiny Cygnet

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Britain's history of eccentric, plucky sports cars has a newcomer this morning, from Aston Martin.

David King, Aston Martin vice-president and special operations officer, said: "The V8 Cygnet shows the fun side of both Aston Martin and its customers".

The interior is a curious mix of Cygnet and Vantage GT3, with Aston Martin suggesting the auto could "easily be used for competition".

Aston's bespoke division has shoehorned a 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 into the engine bay of the city vehicle, with the result being a power-to-weight ratio of 313 bhp/tonne and a 50:50 weight distribution - the ideal ingredients for bonkers performance.

Built by Aston's custom Q division at the request of a possibly unhinged customer, this one-off Cygnet features the naturally aspirated 4.7-litre engine from the outgoing V8 Vantage S. Amazingly this sizeable unit has been shoehorned under the bonnet, along with adapted V8 Vantage running gear. The car's top speed has also increased to a scarcely believable 170mph - some 60mph more than for the original Cygnet.

Aston Martin Cygnet V8 Concept- Aston Martin Cygnet V8 Hood and Emblem Aston Martin
Aston Martin Cygnet V8 Concept- Aston Martin Cygnet V8 Hood and Emblem Aston Martin

"There are other changes too, including a roll cage welded in to become an integral part of the chassis, new bulkhead, wider track with wheelarch extensions to cover the 19" alloys, bigger brakes and double wishbones all round.

Seeing a regular Cygnet is rare.

Aston Martin will arrive at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed with not one, but two all-new cars set to take on the famous hillclimb. That's 60 miles per hour faster than the standard Cygnet's top speed. Up front are six-piston calipers with 15-inch rotors while at the rear are four-piston calipers with 13-inch rotors. Driven by racing driver James Walker, the Cygnet sprinted down the front straight, carved up a few corners, and even hung out its rear at one point.

With 50/50 weight distribution and a 313 horsepower per tonne power-to-weight ratio, the V8 Cygnet tips the scales at just over 3,000 pounds wet and has a faster acceleration time than the V8 Vantage S from which it stole its engine. The steering wheel is removable, and the dash uses a Vantage instrument cluster.

And what a comeback it is, as the Cygnet has been completely transformed for this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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