posted 7 years ago

New Aston Martin Cygnet Officially Announced

The new Aston Martin Cygnet will be manufactured from March 2011.

The new Aston Martin Cygnet will be manufactured from March 2011, and should appear on the forecourts for only £30,000. Now, this may sound like a trivial sum for a car sporting such a prestigious badge, but the Cygnet is not what motorists traditionally expect from the legendary manufacturer. In fact, this new vehicle is a pint-sized city car based on the Toyota IQ. Would you like a stiff drink?

The Aston Martin Cygnet was conceived because the sports car manufacture want to reduce, on average, the carbon emission output of their range. So, whereas the Cygnet's specification is unconfirmed, it is likely to share the IQ's 1.33-litre engine. If this 97bhp petrol unit performs as it does in the Toyota, emissions could be as low as 113g/km. This equates to road tax band C/£30.

That sounds fair enough, but what is the official line from inside the company? Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said, “whatever we do we do right. If we do performance, we do performance - we don’t downsize or compromise our sports cars. The Cygnet needs to satisfy the demands of emissions and space. It is a car without compromise, just like every other Aston Martin.”

The new Aston Martin Cygnet will be produced at the company's Gaydon factory in Warwickshire, and should be easily distinguishable from its Toyota IQ sibling. Up-market modifications include the sumptuous luxury interior, sporty body panels, DB9 style rear lights, and that famous snarling grill. Perhaps Aston will also sharpen the IQ's handling characteristics.

Best not get too excited though. if you are tempted to place an order you may encounter a slight problem - the Cygnet will only be offered to existing customers. The way around this is to first treat yourself to the £146,000 Aston Martin Rapide. After all, it's only money.