The underpinnings of the so-called V8 Cygnet have been reengineered to accommodate a longitudinally laid-out engine driving the rear wheels. To accommodate the big powertrain, the model features a new front bulkhead and transmission tunnel made from sheet metal.
The upgrade to a 4.7-litre V8 from a Vantage S marks a quadrupling of the output, which the Cygnet just wasn't built to handle.
The model takes a few other cues from the Vantage S. These include a seven-speed automated manual transmission, as well as braking and engine cooling system parts. The width, for one, has grown to 1,920mm compared to 1,680mm of the original Cygnet. 2 seconds or less and top out somewhere around 170 miles per hour.
Aston Martin Vice President & Special Operations Officer, David King said: "The V8 Cygnet shows the fun side of both Aston Martin and its customers".
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Given those outputs, the regular 16-inch wheels weren't really going to cut it. Aston Martin has fitted 19-inch rear wheels wrapped in 275/35 rubber down back and 235/40 tyres up front, with 330mm and 380mm brake discs on each respective axle.
Aston started with the shell and body panels of a standard Cygnet, and a roll cage was welded in so the body isn't entirely overwhelmed with power. 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. Inside the cabin, look for a carbon dash, Recaro bucket seats with four-point harnesses, and a removable Alcantara steering wheel.
When will it go on sale? If your headed to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, you'll see it scampering its way up the hill, too, and we gather it might well be one of the most attention-grabbing cars of the weekend.
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The Cygnet originally sold for about $55,000 between 2011 and 2013, but the company's not revealed what this one-off cost to build. It was a sales flop rather than a success story in the showroom.