Cygnet Description

Production April 2011 to December 2013

Chassis numbers approximately 005580 to 009950 (not contiguous)

The first public view of the Cygnet concept was at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. A single silver painted car with a bright red leather interior was placed towards the rear of the stand and a little away from the mainstream cars of the range. The Cygnet is not a totally brand new design but is strongly based on the Toyota iQ, an ultra-compact city car of similar proportions to the Smart ForTwo. Powered by a 1.3 litre 4 cylinder front mounted engine with either 6 speed manual or CVT transmission. The tiny car had usable rear seats although fitting in four people greatly limits the luggage space. Performance compared to other city cars, is quite impressive. The Cygnet can manage 105mph and 0-62 mph in under 12 seconds. Supercar performance matters little in the city where the ability to nip through little gaps in the traffic and park in small spaces is paramount. The Cygnet was only 3.078 metres long and 1.680 metres wide. Another area where the Cygnet excelled was emissions. With optional CVT automatic transmission it emits 120g/km of CO2, the six speed manual only 113g/km. Every Cygnet sold helped to significantly lower the overall CO2 emissions for AML cars and thus help to comply with the European legislation requiring severe cuts from all significant manufacturers. The other high end automotive brands are part of huge corporations with wide model ranges to share the burden of overall CO2 reduction. Aston Martin has to meet the regulations on its own. The estimated market for the Cygnet in Europe was predicted between 2000 and 4000 units a year, useful volume in the current difficult trading conditions. It was originally intended that the Cygnet would be offered only to existing AM owners; this restriction has been dropped before the car reaches the marketplace.

In October 2010, the factory announced that production would start at the Gaydon factory during 2011. The donor cars will be shipped directly from the Toyota factory in Takaoka, Japan, to the UK for finishing as Aston Martins complete with the standard of luxury that one would expect. There has been no formal indication of the price as yet and this would very much depend on the final specification, but informed estimates are that prices will start at about £31,000. It will, like any other Aston Martin, be possible to have your Cygnet in virtually any colour and trim combination and fully personalised from a list of optional extras.

The production version was unveiled in early 2011. Production for customers in the UK and Europe will start almost simultaneously. European Cygnet deliveries are expected to start in May 2011. Customers outside Europe should be able to buy the Cygnet in 2012.

However the Cygnet was not a success and under 1000 cars were completed before production stopped at the end of 2013. Whether it was the lowly Toyota IQ basis or the staggeringly high price - more than double that of the IQ. Many expected purchasers would not countenance and Aston martin in this segment of the market. At the time Aston Martin stated that they will not return to the city car market.

Cygnet Derivatives

Black & White Launch Editions

Cygnet Launch Edition White brought together a serene exterior; finished in Snow White paint with a mix of silver mesh, chrome brightwork and White Diamond turned alloy wheels. The interior of the White edition featured seats hand trimmed in Pearl white leather with perforated Alcantara inserts, complemented by satin chrome. On the exterior, Aston Martin’s attention to detail is exemplified with the iconic wings badge appearing in matching white.

In contrast, Cygnet Launch Edition Black featured Magic Black metallic paint with a specially developed deep sea green effect, offset by matt black louvers and chrome brightwork. Inside, the seats and dash were finished in pure black full grain leather, perforated in a specially-developed diamond pattern. Dark chrome accents adorn the cabin, while the wings badges were rendered in black throughout.

Both Cygnet Launch Editions also came with a bespoke Bill Amberg five-piece luggage set, especially designed for and tailored to Cygnet. Available in a contemporary combination of black leather with technical fabric, the set comprises glove box bag, removable door pocket bag, holdall, garment bag and a collapsible tote bag.

Cygnet & Colette

On 21 June, 2011 - Aston Martin joined forces with Parisian fashion authority colette to produce the strictly limited edition; ‘Cygnet & colette’ luxury city car. The Aston Martin design team worked closely with their counterparts at colette to create the striking limited edition which featured Lightning Silver paint with exclusive colette blue styling details including a race collection inspired front bumper and bonnet livery, mirror caps and diamond turned road wheels. The Bitter Chocolate themed interior takes inspiration from colette’s mascot Oscar, the chocolate-brown Labrador.

The Works Tailored team has created unique ‘Cygnet & colette’ elements including:

  • Stainless steel hand formed and engraved door handle badges
  • ‘Cygnet & colette’ branded hand enamelled boot badging manufactured by homas Fattorini
  • Quilted Alcantara sun visors to complement the quilted leather door and seat inserts
  • Hand trimmed, quilted colette blue leather occasional cushions for the rear seats
  • ‘Cygnet & colette’ branding on satellite navigation start up
  • A unique ‘Cygnet & colette’ key ring machined from solid aluminium with blue enamelling

Although planned as a limited edition of 14 cars it is thought that none were completed. Likewise, although it was planned as the first of many Cygnet & ... collaborations no other editions were created.

Cygnet Specification

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
16” 8-spoke or 16-spoke alloy road wheels (with diamond turned option)
Four wheel disc brakes with Dynamic Stability Control, ABS
Electronic Brake Distribution and Electronic Brake Assist
Heated and retractable exterior mirrors
Rear spoiler and diffuser blade
LED tail lamps
Rear screen wash and wipe
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 - 4 cylinder 1.33 litre in line 16V with Variable Valve Timing (VVT)
Maximum power 97bhp
Maximum torque 92 lb/ft
Six Speed Manual (with Stop/Start) or CVT transmission
Dimensions • Length 3 metres
Width 1.7 metres
Height 1.5metres
Turning circle 4 metres
Kerb weight less than 1000kg

Cygnet Variants

All of the Toyota IQ accessories can be fitted to the Cygnet and there are several useful items never supplied by Aston martin including a load mat. Several other major options were available from Aston Martin or third party suppliers.

Suspension Kit

The suspension kit is a Toyota IQ part supplied by Aston Martin. It consists of a set of four lowered and stiffer springs. This is designed to improve handling, especially by reducing pitch - a common problem with such short cars.

QuickSilver Sports Exhaust

Manufactured from T304 austenitic Stainless Steel the QuickSilver system is light weight and designed to offer the driver a Sporty sound with a flat oval tip style to make your Cygnet feel, sound and look unique.

Scion Scissor Doors

Cygnet Brochures

Black & White

The launch edition brochure consisting of several cards within an envelope. The cars contrast the back and white features an compare the car to other high fashion items such as watches and bags.

704721 Cygnet

The pre-release brochure features a red cover with a stitched design and positions the car in the market. However, there are no specifications and few photos but plenty of sketch designs.

704945 Cygnet

The main brochure also has a red cover but this time showing a stitched Cygnet outline. This brochure provides full details of the specifications.

705006 Cygnet & Colette

The Cygnet & Colette brochure shows details of the special edition.

Cygnet Press

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