“Aston Martin Cygnet with V12 power possible?”
As if the Aston Martin Cygnet weren’t unlikely enough, rumor is that a Cygnet with the company’s 6.0-liter V12 could find its way onto the British automaker’s offer sheets. Yes, really. It would undoubtedly be special order or very limited edition, but according to a report in Autocar, Aston is taking it seriously enough to have completed a feasibility study.
The iQ-derived Cygnet minicar uses the 1.3-liter, 97-horsepower motor provided by Toyota, but it’s apparently been found that there is room enough in that engine
bay shoebox for Aston’s 6.0-liter, 510-horsepower V12 “without extensive modifications.” The changes necessary to fortify the rest of the Cygnet to handle a detuned iteration of the V12 haven’t been divulged, but they are apparently “not insurmountable.”
I love small cars for their practicality in an urban environment. A V-12 in a car of this size however is a bit bonkers but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want it. Mostly because I’m a bit bonkers myself and being able to pull the wool over a Lamborghini in a car like this would be worth the investment.
Not only would I beat a Lambo in a quarter-mile drag race, I’d then be able to park in front of a swanky restaurant without taking up a whole lane of traffic and being bike messenger friendly.
I like to think I’d be that one charismatic unpretentious bazillionaire.