Whenever we hear the word V8, our instinct is to picture a supercar or even a hypercar. But Aston Martin is going to break that for you by sticking their 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine into their Aston Martin Cygnet compact hatchback.
The V8 powered Cygnet was commissioned by a single customer who sought after the ultimate city car. Built by Q by Aston Martin, the Cygnet has 435 hp and 490 Nm of torque at its mercy, all sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. Century sprint takes just 4.3 seconds and it will do speeds of 273 km/h on V-Max.
Clamping down the V8 powered city car are 380mm discs clamped by six-piston monoblock calipers at the front and 330mm discs gripped by four-piston monoblock calipers at the rear. The calipers are painted in yellow to contrast the Buckinghamshire Green paintjob.
On the outside, the Cygnet still retains its iconic shape with significantly flared extensions to cover the 19-inch five-spoke diamond-turned wheels. At the rear, the V8 Cygnet is distinguished by its central twin exhaust pipes and diffuser trim.
Inside, the Cygnet has a motorsport-inspired theme with a roll cage, fixed Recaro bucket seats with four-point harness, Alcantara steering wheel, carbon fibre dashboard, FIA compliant fire extinguisher and even carbon door cards. But Q has kindly left the air-conditioning the sake of passenger comfort.