First drive: Aston Martin V8 Cygnet (News)

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Two Cygnet bodyshells left from the event of the unique automotive have been used within the V8 mission. The completed mission mixed a type of shells with the entrance and rear subframe of the Vantage, together with the twin-wishbone suspension. Instead of the Cygnet’s 97bhp 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine is the 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 from the Vantage S.

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Getting the Vantage engine and subframe to suit was a considerable problem, involving transferring the entrance bulkhead a few foot backwards. However the extra demanding activity was becoming the rear-mounted Speedshift automated single-clutch transmission, with a barely-there torque tube connecting the 2 ends of the drivetrain.

Wheel-arch extensions cowl a dramatically expanded observe, however the different bodywork has barely modified, with solely slight modifications to the entrance and rear bumpers.

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On the highway, it is a lot much less compromised than it ought to be. The brand new bulkhead location has created an offset driving place, with the pedals sitting in what quickly seems to be an angle-cricking place.

With the V8 engine crammed in, the Cygnet has turn into a strict two-seater, having a pair of Recaro buckets rather than the unique four-seat structure. The inside options a number of carbonfibre trim, together with on the dashboard and door playing cards. Plus, it has gained Vantage devices and Aston’s trademark R/N/D gearshift buttons in a neat dashboard binnacle, whereas the usual Cygnet made do with a Toyota shifter.

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There’s even a standard Aston fly-off handbrake, albeit between the seats somewhat than mounted subsequent to the door. 

The snarling soundtrack is barely silenced V8, however the heads it turns are quickly carrying appears of incredulity on the sight of the steroidal Cygnet that is the unlikely supply of the commotion.

Efficiency feels robust: Aston says that the Cygnet would have the legs on the Vantage in a straight drag race, as a result of its 250kg-lighter kerbweight provides it a 0-60mph time of 4.2sec. You’d have to have swallowed a handful of courageous drugs to get anyplace close to the quoted 170mph high velocity, although.

Acceleration feels forceful and the dynamic cues are similar to the donor Vantage, with equally weighted steering and a properly proportional throttle response. The gearbox is snappier and fewer well-mannered than it was within the Vantage S; the event staff admit that persuading it to work within the shorter, lighter Cygnet was one of many greatest challenges, and it will get confused if instruction by the steering wheel-mounted paddles is delivered too shortly.

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The experience is agency, typically uncomfortably so on rougher surfaces, however the Cygnet feels impressively secure contemplating the relative measurement of its wheelbase and its observe.

There is not any traction or stability management, apparently on the proprietor’s request, with overlapping throttle and a giant steering enter scary the lightening sensation of an impending slide – not one thing to be investigated additional with out some critical run-off.

The automotive feels extra secure underneath braking than you’ll count on, on condition that a few of those that drove it at Goodwood reported some twitchiness underneath huge stops, however underneath even enthusiastic highway use it pulls up with out the necessity for steering intervention. The toughest factor to get used to on regular roads is the distinction between the obvious width of the cabin and the way far out the wheels truly are. 

It’s no shock to report that the V8 Cygnet is at all times loud, and, regardless of the perfect efforts of its air con system, it stayed sticky in reasonable summer season warmth. However that actually does not matter. This superb one-off will at all times be the best automotive all over the place it goes.  

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Why we gained’t see one other V8 Cygnet

Fancy getting your palms on a V8 Cygnet? Except your identify is already on the registration doc, you are out of luck. Aston made a cope with the client previous to creating the automotive that it will by no means produce one other one.

Nor will the corporate say how a lot the automotive’s new keeper paid to grasp such a spectacular dream, though it was undoubtedly sufficient to buy a number of of the model’s extra mainstream choices.

However anybody with their very own unlikely dream for one among Aston’s different merchandise (and ample depth of pocket to grasp it) is invited to contact the Q division to debate it in larger element.

Aston Martin V8 Cygnet

The place Warwickshire Value na On sale na Engine V8, 4735cc, petrol Energy 430bhp at 7300rpm Torque 361lb ft at 5000rpm Gearbox 7-speed computerized Kerb weight 1375kg High velocity 170mph (claimed) 0-60mph 4.2 seconds Gasoline financial system na CO2 na Rivals Volkswagen Up GTI, Kia Picanto GT-Line

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