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Aston Martin Cygnet news - Aston’s iQ test - 2009
Seriously. We’re not joking about this one. This is real.
At the moment, Aston is describing the Cygnet as a concept, but it seems very, very likely to reach production next year.
So what’s the idea? Let’s ask Aston’s chief exec Ulrich Bez.
“This concept - akin to an exclusive tender to a luxury yacht - will allow us to apply Aston Martin design language, craftsmanship and brand values to a completely new segment of the market,” says Bez.
Which means, we think, that the Cygnet will be the short-range dinghy to the millionaire’s DBS yacht. Makes some sort of sense, but can it really be an Aston?
If you’re thinking, “well, maybe if it’s powered by a big V8…”, afraid not. We’d expect the underpinnings to be pure iQ - so a 1.0- or 1.3-litre petrol engine - though with Aston’s own wheels, tyres and, of course, deeply plush interior.
As you can see from the photo, it’ll get a One-77-inspired front end, complete with wide, angry grille and bonnet vents. We’re told that the Cygnet could cost around £20,000 - which is a hell of a lot for an iQ, though very reasonable for an Aston, if you want to look at it that way.
You’ll only be able to buy a Cygnet if you’re an existing Aston owner, so any of you thinking it’s a cheap way into Aston ownership, think again.