Aston Martin has built a one-off V8-powered... Cygnet

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    Britain’s history of eccentric, plucky sports cars has a newcomer this morning, from Aston Martin. Its bespoke Q division has taken the wraps off a one-off, 4.7-litre V8-powered rear-drive two-seater, the likes of which you’ve never seen before. Thought the Valkyrie was a tough engineering job, did you? Pah! Meet the Aston Martin Cygnet V8.

    This isn’t some half-scale model-shop V8 either. Oh no. Aston has shoehorned the 4.7-litre, 430bhp naturally aspirated V8 from the last-gen Vantage S under the barely-there bonnet of the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet, and sent drive – via a tiny torque tube – to the rear wheels.

    Speaking of wheels, they’re up from piddly 16s to meaty 19-inch rims, encasing beefy brakes and almost bursting from the Cygnet’s diminutive bodyshell. Hence, carbon-fibre wheelarch extensions. Of course.

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