Skip advert
Advertisement

Aston Martin Cygnet revealed

Aston Martin's ugly duckling becomes a reality as the Cygnet city car is revealed

Aston Martin lovers look away – the brand’s most controversial car has become a reality. This is the Cygnet, a reclothed Toyota iQ that takes the British supercar firm sub-£20K and into the world of low emission city cars. The car was announced in the summer, but with just an image of a clay model alongside the news, it was relatively easy to stomach. Aston’s latest pictures of the car shot in a studio make the Cygnet very real. Of course, the car’s 113g/km of carbon emissions will do Aston’s range average the world of good. The DBS emits more than triple that. That sub 120g/km figure comes from the Cygnet’s predicted engine choice, the iQ’s range-topping 97bhp 1.3-litre. The Toyota covers 0-62mph in a dizzying 11.8sec and goes on to a 106mph top speed. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Cygnet lags behind those figures, though, as its transformation from Japanese city car to Aston abomination has seen lashings of kit and trim thrown at it. All that leather and luxury inside will pump the kerb weight up a bit (the iQ’s is 930kg) but it’s the exterior that concerns us most: the full complement of current Aston design cues have been squeezed into the design, with a grafted-on grille, fake bonnet vents, 16in alloys, side vents and rear lights that ape the DB9 and Vantage. Even the door handles give a nod to modern Aston Martins. It’s dubbed a concept for now, with work ongoing into 2010, but the project appears too far in for Aston to change its mind now. Sales are set to begin by the end of next year, with order books initially open to existing Aston customers, but with general sale expected to follow. The annual sales target is 1000 to 2000 units. What do you think then? How can Aston Martin release such a car when the company’s tagline is ‘Power, Beauty and Soul’? Fire your views at the Forum… Follow evo’s Twitter or Facebook page for the latest car news

Advertisement - Article continues below

Click to watch an evo video of a REAL Aston Martin in action

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Le Mans 24 Hours 2024: Ferrari triumphs (again) with the 499P
Le Mans 24 Hours 2024
News

Le Mans 24 Hours 2024: Ferrari triumphs (again) with the 499P

The 2024 Le Mans 24 Hours was a thriller, with a record-breaking number of Hypercars, changeable weather and the new LMGT3 class making its debut
16 Jun 2024
Lotus Elise S2 v Toyota MR2 Mk3 v Porsche Boxster S 987: The best affordable mid-engined sports cars
Used mid-engined bargains
Group tests

Lotus Elise S2 v Toyota MR2 Mk3 v Porsche Boxster S 987: The best affordable mid-engined sports cars

Everyone should own a mid-engined car at least once in their life, and the S2 Elise, Mk3 MR2 and 987 Boxster S are brilliant places to start
15 Jun 2024
The new Alpine A290 sounds like the electric hot hatch we’ve been waiting for
Alpine A290 – front
News

The new Alpine A290 sounds like the electric hot hatch we’ve been waiting for

We’ve seen the concept, driven a prototype, and now Alpine has unveiled its A290 hot hatch in its final form
13 Jun 2024