Cygnet (High Line)
Cygnet (High Line)

Cygnet (High Line)

(2011 - 2013)

Once the Cygnet concept was displayed and well received at the Geneva Salon, 2010, the following October, AML announced that production would indeed go ahead at the Gaydon factory starting in late 2010 with deliveries anticipated for early 2011. The complete Toyota iQ donor cars, in black, white or silver were shipped directly from the Toyota factory in Takaoka, Japan, for substantial refinishing as an Aston Martin complete with all the luxury accouterments customers would expect. As with any other Aston Martin, it was possible to have your Cygnet virtually any colour and trim combination and fully personalised with a complete list of optional extras too. The introductory price of the manual Cygnet was £30,995 although the addition cost of personalisation could push the price somewhat higher.

Cygnet (High Line)

The Cygnet was powered by a 4 cylinder 1.33 litre front mounted engine with peak power of 97 bhp. Incredible that the tiny car actually had usable rear seats although it is described as a 3+1 whereby only one of the rear seats actually has any legroom. Carrying additional rear seat passengers limits greatly the luggage that can be carried and the extra weight of passengers does blunt performance somewhat. Actually relative performance (relative to other city cars) was quite impressive. The Cygnet could reach 106mph and 0-62 mph in 11.8 and 11.6 seconds (manual and CVT respectively). But supercar performance matters little in the city where the ability to nip through small gaps in the traffic and park in spaces that bigger cars drive past is paramount. The Cygnet is the smallest AM ever at just 3078mm long and 1680mm wide. The other performance parameter where the Cygnet excelled was emissions. When fitted with with optional CVT auto transmission, the car emitted only 120g/km of CO2, the six speed manual only 116. Every Cygnet sold helped to significantly lower the fleet vehicle CO2 emissions for AML and thus counter the European legislation foisting almost draconian cuts from each and every significant manufacturer. The other high end automotive brands are part of huge corporations with wide model ranges to share the burden of overall target reduction. Independent Aston Martin could not do this and this was another reason for the existence of the Cygnet. At one point, it was intended that the Cygnet would only be offered only to existing AM owners although this restriction was dropped long before the car reached the marketplace.

Following two years of production, it became apparent that demand for the manual Cygnet was somewhat behind the CVT version. Thus from February 2013, right hand drive cars with manual transmission were discontinued. Left hand drive cars with the manual box were also discontinued shortly after. Sadly, the Cygnet did not appeal to sufficient customers and by September 2013, the car was quietly dropped from the range with no plans for a replacement. Although Dr Bez, Aston Martin CEO would have liked to have seen electric Cygnets running around London during the Olympics in 2012, and also would have liked a supercharged version, neither plans came to fruition.

All but one production Cygent was built to ‘High Line’ specification. One single ‘Low Line’ was built to a lower specification and intended to be sold at a lower price point. For reasons unknown to me, this less expensive Cygnet was never brought to market.

All this makes the Cygnet quite a rare car………..a certain future classic… …collectable………..a cult car even. Without a doubt I would have to agree.

  • Body/Coachwork:
    • Two door body style with full width tailgate
    • Exterior paint colours from the Aston Martin range
    • Exterior body parts with traditional Aston Martin design cues
    • Metal side strakes
    • Aluminium front grilles
    • Heated and retractable exterior mirrors
    • Rear spoiler and diffuser blade
    • LED tail lamps
    • Rear screen wash and wipe
  • Interior:
    • Full-grain leather interior from Aston Martin range
    • Hand stitched leather seating for four
    • Alcantara headlining
    • Optional seat and door inner material finishes
    • Optional satin or dark chrome interior finishes
    • Nine airbags
    • Automatic temperature control
    • Heated front seats
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Integrated storage solutions
    • 50/50 split rear seat
    • Integrated audio system with steering wheel mounted controls
    • 3.5mm auxiliary audio input socket
  • Engine:
    • Engine – 4 cylinder 1.33l in line 16V with Variable Valve Timing (VVT)
    • Maximum power 97 bhp
    • Maximum torque 92 lb/ft
    • Six Speed Manual (with Stop/Start) or CVT transmission
  • Wheels and tyres:
    • 16” 8-spoke or 16-spoke alloy road wheels (with diamond turned option)
  • Brakes:
    • Four wheel disc brakes with Dynamic Stability Control, ABS,
    • Electronic Brake Distribution and Electronic Brake Assist
  • Dimensions:
    • Length 3 metres
    • Width 1.7 metres
    • Height 1.5metres
    • Turning circle 4 metres
    • Less than 1000kg kerb weight