As if the Aston Martin Cygnet weren't unlikely enough, rumor is that a Cygnet with the company's 6.0-liter V12 could find its way onto the British automaker's offer sheets. Yes, really. It would undoubtedly be special order or very limited edition, but according to a report in Autocar, Aston is taking it seriously enough to have completed a feasibility study.

The iQ-derived Cygnet minicar uses the 1.3-liter, 97-horsepower motor provided by Toyota, but it's apparently been found that there is room enough in that engine bay shoebox for Aston's 6.0-liter, 510-horsepower V12 "without extensive modifications." The changes necessary to fortify the rest of the Cygnet to handle a detuned iteration of the V12 haven't been divulged, but they are apparently "not insurmountable."

Autocar compares the concept of a V12 Cygnet to that of the Nissan Juke R. But whereas the latter offered Juke roominess with Godzilla power that made us go, "Hey!", the idea of a hot rod Cygnet – a Cygnet, mind you – makes us go, "Hmmm." For now.


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      warren,
      • 2 Years Ago
      So will Volkswagen respond to this by putting the Veryon's W16 into an Up! ?
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @warren,
        I'd prefer a car slightly bigger. A Golf R80 sounds nice lol.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @warren,
        VW will respond by making yet another compact hatchback on the same chassis used in the Golf, and then putting the same line of engines in it.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      this + v12 = Death
      mawhalen53
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is one of the sillier headlines I've read this week
      Evan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it April Fools day already? Yeah, they can fit a V12 in there if they chop off 9 cylinders first.
      King of Eldorado
      • 2 Years Ago
      A V12? Are you sure it didn't say 12v, as in 12 volt? That might work. /sarc/
      Doctor Device
      • 2 Years Ago
      it may make you go "hmmm", but the idea makes me giggle with not-entirely-sane delight. I seem to have an irrational love for improbable engine/body combinations.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      April Foo.....oh, wait..
      John Hughan
      • 2 Years Ago
      A V12 Cygnet would have the busiest stability control system known to man. That wheelbase is way too short for that much power, never mind the size of the wheels and tires! I'm all for overpowered cars and I can even respect bizarre creations like the Juke R from an engineering acheivement and "because we can" standpoint, but this just seems outlandish.
      Corey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, they did it with the Juke so why not the iQ/Cygnet........
      Felipe Politano
      • 2 Years Ago
      Easy, Autoblog, still 156 days to April Fools' Day.
      Law Phan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Heavy V12 in a FWD short wheelbase car. Sounds awesome.
      greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh really i'll believe it when there photos and video... and then believe that it is more then a proof concept when it is driven around a windswept airfield in Guilford by Clarkson
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