It's a present for a 16-year-old.
A wealthy Monegasque man had Castagna Milano build a bespoke Citroen Ami EV for his son. The one-off tiny Ami is finished in a specification similar to the father's Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, but the similarities end here.
According to Corriere Motori, the company designed more than 60 custom parts for the car, and only 40 were used for this particular model. Some parts are available on its website but cost thousands of euros, which doesn't align with the Ami's budget-friendly reputation. The Ami costs roughly £8,000 in the UK, approximately $9,900.
As the Ami is meant to mimic the Aston, it's finished in matte and glossy black, while the faux grille and badges are made of dark wood. The wheels boast a five double-spoke design, as on the Aston Martin. On the inside, there are more luxurious materials, thicker carpets, and yellow contrast stitching.
Castagna Milano says the parts are made from 3D-printed recycled plastic and that the front and rear fascias have been updated to be more aggressive and mimic the Aston. We don't see it. The Ami has more in common with Doug the Pug than the 5.2-liter twin-turbo-powered V12 coupe. In the final V12 DBS, the engine produces a whopping 760 hp.
Speaking of power, the commissioner's son will have 707 fewer horses to work with. Thankfully, the Ami has a sizeable (sarcasm alert) 5.5-kilowatt-hour battery, enough for a 43-mile range. Monaco is less than one square mile, so an entire day of driving is more than possible.
While this car might seem silly to the average American, it has been quite successful for the French brand. Since its introduction in 2020, more than 30,000 units have been sold.
Why would an obviously wealthy individual buy a Citroen Ami and not something more suited to Monaco's sporty heritage? It's the second smallest independent state in the world, but it subscribes to the same driving laws as the French. That means a 16-year-old can apply for an AM license, which is for a moped with a top speed no higher than 28 mph. Since the Ami is officially classified as an electric quadricycle with a top-speed limited to 28 mph, it qualifies.
If we had to guess, this is likely a dad who is sick of the Monaco school run, which can be tricky considering the country only has seven state-funded nursery and primary schools, one secondary school, and one lycee, the equivalent of a high school.
We're not sure it's the safest option, given the Citroen Ami's poor attempt at putting in a lap of the famous Monaco Grand Prix.
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