The Aston Martin Cygnet is a luxury commuter concept car from the English coach builder. The Cygnet is essentially a rebadged and reworked Toyota iQ city car that represents a creative, environmentally conscious solution for around town commuting. Making the most of Japanese engineering, the reliable iQ serves as a base for the Aston concept and allows the coach builders to focus on upgrading the city car's looks both inside and out in order to transform it into a bona fide fuel efficient super car that will be available for current Aston owners.
It seems like it’s been forever since we found out that Aston Martin was releasing the re-badged version of the Toyota iQ , which they began calling the Cygnet. The wait was longer than what we expected, but finally, Aston martin has lifted the covers off of the Cygnet at the Geneva Motor Show.
According to Aston Martin, the "Cygnet concept represents a creative, environmentally conscious solution, being small, yet with presence – and highly fuel efficient, now combined with the prestige of Aston Martin’s luxury brand ownership."
The Aston Martin Cygnet will be powered by a 1.3 liter engine delivering a total of 97-hp with a top speed of 105 mph.
Like what we said: the Cygnet is, effectively, an iQ for the elite; and by elite, we don’t mean just any other rich person that has money to burn. Limited to only 2000 units, the Cygnet is only available to people who currently have an Aston Martin parked in their garage so even if, say, you’re a millionaire who puts cash on your dining table as a centerpiece, you’re out of luck. Unless you own an Aston Martin, you can’t get your hands on a Cygnet.
UPDATE 09/01/2010: Aston Martin has just announced that the Cygnet will become available in the USA in 2012, but potential buyers will still have to own an Aston in order to purchase the hatchback.
UPDATE 12/14/2011: Aston Martin has unveiled a new video of the small Cygnet in which they present the exquisite craftsmanship. Enjoy!
If you’re one of those people that have been waiting for the Aston Martin Cygnet to hit local dealerships, then you probably haven’t heard the news surrounding the Cygnet and how the car won’t be making its way to the US anytime soon.
Despite this disappointing news, we’re still suckers for some pretty cool viral marketing and this video featuring a couple of guys partaking on a nice round of Parkour – a French freestyle urban sport – at an Aston Martin facility is just the kind of video that gets us all geeked up for the Cygnet.
Unfortunately for us in the US, this is as close as we can probably get to a Cygnet, which is unfortunate because the car looks to be one of those hatchbacks you’d be proud to be driving out on the streets.
For those of you planning on buying a new Aston Martin Cygnet compact we might have some very bad news for you. Only existing Aston Martin owners will have the opportunity to purchase their own super city car. The coach built Toyota iQ will retail for around $35,000 and production will be kept to 2000 units. More bad news, Aston has no plans of selling it in the U.S. market, proving once again that the American market is not ready to see the value of a premium compact.
The Cygnet is essentially a Toyota iQ with custom bodywork as well as a complete interior transformation. The Cygnet is powered by a 97 HP 1.3 Liter engine mated to a continuously variable transmission that will scoot the smallest Aston ever to a 105 MPH top speed. According to Aston Martin, the "Cygnet concept represents a creative, environmentally conscious solution, being small, yet with presence – and highly fuel efficient, now combined with the prestige of Aston Martin’s luxury brand ownership." That is along with their usual limited production exclusivity, but for less than a Jaeger-LeCoultre , we couldn’t se why any Aston owner wouldn’t want to pick one of these up as well.