That's one pricey city car.
Aston Martin is one of Britain's best-known luxury car makers, with a lineup that includes gorgeous creations such as the DBX and Vantage. These cars go for premium prices, but Aston Martin has a dirty little secret that most would have forgotten about already. It's named the Cygnet, and it's one of the strangest Aston Martin cars ever. Launched in 2010, the Cygnet was a true oddball and went against everything Aston Martin is known for. The Cygnet was placed into production in order for Aston Martin to pass EU fleet average emissions regulations and was based on the Toyota iQ. Only 300 of these tiny city cars were ever produced, and now one has gone up for sale at close to $50,000.
The car pictured is on sale from Aston Martin Works in Buckinghamshire, UK and has only done 12,000 miles since new. Aston Martin has done its best to mask the Toyota underpinnings, by giving the Cygnet a full exterior and interior makeover. The exterior features a set of Tungsten Silver 16-inch eight-spoke Graphite DT wheels, a gloss black fascia, rear parking sensors, a rear wing, and that famous Aston Martin front grille, which lets everyone know that this little car is something special.
The interior features a 'Bitter Chocolate' leather interior, which clearly sets it apart from the Toyota iQ and covers the seats, center console, and dashboard. Under the hood, the 1.3 four-cylinder engine remains unchanged and produces a not-so-impressive 97 horsepower (Aston Martin did build a 430-hp V8 version), and power is sent to the front wheels via a depressing CVT transmission. Most will see through the Cygnet's fancy facade but there are those that are so dedicated to the brand that the $50,000 price tag won't put them off from owning this odd little piece of history.