The Aston Martin guide to towing
Can you combine a city car with a V12 GT? We strap a trailer to a Virage and tow a Cygnet through Monaco...
Posted: 07 Oct 2011
The Cygnet is basically a Toyota iQ with a fairly large injection of Aston Martin semi-bespoke. Most of the body panels are changed, the interior is swamped with at least a smallish herd of dead cow, but the basic layout and hardware is the same: 1.33-litre, 97bhp engine up front driving the front wheels, tiny proportions, seating for three-and-a-half people. There are a lot of Aston Martin badges - in case you forget - and a whacking great Aston grille. It remains, as any well-designed city car does, a complete joy in the urban dice, nippy and thrusting, a profound and slightly smug joy to park. And yes, you can park it rear-wheels against the kerb and just about get away with it. In the almost violently congested towns of Monaco and Nice, you can slip it between bollards to confuse traffic attendants, whip neatly into gaps too small for superminis. And you can be constantly assaulted by fragrant leather and an incipient superiority complex as you do so.