Q by Aston Martin drops V-8 into Cygnet city car

Earlier this decade, Aston Martin rebadged a Scion iQ and sold the car complete with a wheezy 1.3-liter engine as the Cygnet. It was a cost-effective way for Aston Martin to get its average emissions down but, for obvious reasons, the car was a dud and thankfully killed off a couple of years after launch.

Recently, one Cygnet owner called on the Q by Aston Martin personalzation department to give his or her car the performance worthy of the badge on its nose. The result is the V8 Cygnet which Aston Martin unveiled Thursday at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Somehow Aston Martin’s engineers managed to shoehorn the 4.7-liter V-8 from the previous-generation Vantage into the tiny engine bay of the rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive Cygnet. The car also features the previous Vantage’s seven-speed automated manual transmission, limited-slip differential, and suspension.