Powering an Aston Martin Cygnet with a V-8

The Toyota iQ is one of those cutesy-tutesy cars that I personally fell in love with the moment I saw it. It’s cute, seats 3 plus an adult that had both legs amputated or a small child. It made headlines back in 2008 as it was the direct competitor to Smart’s Fortwo.

Sadly, like the Fortwo, it was way too expensive. Yes, it seated 3 adults and one small child but the asking price of $13,000 was too much for most people. For that amount of money, most people could’ve bought a used but actual 4-door sedan rather than the 2-door 3+1 seater micro car.

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And then, in a vain attempt to try and boost sales, Aston Martin decided that they wanted the iQ as well, except, renamed the Cygnet. However, costing $40,000, and using the same engine and gearbox as the iQ, Aston Martin only ever sold 300 cars worldwide.

Who wants to pay forty grand for a car that can do almost nothing? For that amount of money, you could’ve bought most practical sedans and hatchbacks out there, or even a Mercedes-Benz CLA or a BMW 4-series. What in the name of all that’s good in the universe were Toyota and Aston Martin thinking?

It’s just sheer, unadulterated, mind-boggling lunacy.

Then they decided they wanted another crack at the car and this time, fitting a 4.7L V-8 from the Vantage under the hood of one of these things and see what happens.

Interestingly, only one was made and that was after an owner who was daft enough to buy one decided he wanted a Vantage V-8 under the hood of his Cygnet. The car can do the standing start to sixty in just 4.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 170.

By comparison both the iQ and Cygnet could do the same thing in 10.7 to 14.7 seconds depending on gradient and max out at 93 to 106 mph.

Well done, mate.

Reference: Q by Aston Martin makes a 430-hp V8-powered Cygnet