Ten-Foot Aston Martin Cygnet Gets 50 MPG, Plays Sidecar to Your DBS

The ultra-luxury car will be two feet shorter than a Mini Cooper, and come as an accessory to your regular Aston Martin

Cygnet

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At ten feet long, the Cygnet is two feet shorter than the Mini Cooper, and decked out in Aston Martin luxury. Based on the Toyota iQ, but with a few extra features including an upgraded interior and external detailing meant to match the luxury design of Aston Martin's significantly more expensive roadsters, the Cygnet -- which is currently a limited concept car that might debut next year -- seats three comfortably, or a fourth passenger can squeeze in behind the driver for a somewhat tighter ride. The company views the Cygnet as a kind of "second commuter car" for those who already own a gas-guzzling primary vehicle, and may indeed offer it as an add-on when you buy a full-sized Vantage or DB9.

"This concept will allow us to apply Aston Martin design language, craftsmanship, and brand values to a completely new segment of the market," said Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin's chief executive.

The iQ has a 68-horsepower engine with technology that adjusts fuel consumption for stops and starts, and gets about 50 MPG. The retrofitted Cygnet costs $32,000 -- by far the cheapest Aston Martin. By comparison, a hand-assembled DB9 clocks 470 horsepower, and will run you $155,000 with no extras.