Cygnet Concept
Cygnet Concept

Cygnet Concept

(2009 - 2010)

In June 2009, AM released just one single image of full sized clay of a future model. A car with unmistakable Aston Martin styling cues yet obviously a city car rather than a high performance supercar. We were told from the off that the car, known as a Cygnet, was based on the successful Toyota (Scion) iQ with similar performance in terms of both top speed, acceleration and usefully low emissions. As the European Union are forcing car manufacturers to lower their average CO2 emissions, by launching a city car, AML intended to lower their average emissions and avoid punitive penalties.  

Cygnet Concept

On show at the Geneva Salon in March 2010 was a single, right hand drive silver car with a bright red leather interior which received much attention. I was fortunate to sit in and have a look around the luxuriously appointed cabin – it looked and smelt like an Aston yet had the feel of a Smart, very unusual to say the least.

Of course the Cygnet progressed from the concept stage to reach full production with only a small number of changes. The DB9 style door handles were dropped, the interior door handles were changed and the boot latch was relocated to beneath the lip.

Frazer Tickford Metro

The Frazer Tickford Metro is perhaps the spiritual grandfather of the Aston Martin Cygnet. It was introduced in 1981 at a price of £11,700 and was constructed by Aston Martin’s special engineering department, Tickford. Unlke the Cygnet, it was never badged as an Aston Martin though. It is believed that 26 were built and sold.

  • 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
    • Machined aluminium interior features
    • 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” 16-spoke diamond turned alloy road wheels

  • 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 1.5 metres
    • Turning circle 4 metres
    • Less than 1000kg kerb weight