Aston Martin Cygnet V8 revealed


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Given its status as an ultra-exclusive one-off, Aston Martin isn't quoting a price for the Cygnet V8.

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

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In what might be the most freaky example of a factory customer commission yet, Q by Aston Martin has revealed details of a weird and wonderful V8-powered Cygnet. Now weighing 1,375kg with all fluids in versus 920 kg stock, the V8 Cygnet has a lot more weight to push around. That's why Q equipped the vehicle with new Vantage-derived subframes, suspension pieces and brakes, as well as a full custom roll cage.

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.

With 430 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque, Aston Martin estimates the V8 Cygnet will hit 60 miles per hour in 4.

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The Aston Martin Cygnet seems light years away from the company that just unveiled the DBS Superleggera, but it's back at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Seeing a regular Cygnet is rare.

Thanks to the eight-pot motor being positioned behind the front axle, the V8 Cygnet is claimed to have a 50:50 front-rear weight distribution. 380mm discs with six-piston monoblock calipers are at the front, and 330mm discs with four-piston monoblock calipers at the rear.

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In addition to the roll cage, the cabin includes a fully FIA compliant fire extinguisher system, fixed back Recaro composite bucket seats with four-point harnesses, and a removable steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara. It'll be showing off its stuff at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. There are, of course, little touches of luxury inside as well, with leather pull straps on the unique carbon door cards and two USB ports alongside the bespoke controls for the air conditioning. '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'.