Aston Martin seems well-heeled in crafting batches of specialized, limited edition models from its existing lineup, so it’s not entirely surprising the automaker has managed to concoct two new twists on its latest model: the Cygnet.
Designed to celebrate the launch of the Toyota-based subcompact in Europe, the new Cygnet Launch Edition models -- one in white, one in black -- incorporate a few extra cosmetic touches that the standard production models do without.
Launch Edition White cars, for instance, wear a special Snow White paint with dual race-style stripes running the length of the car. Chrome trim -- like the mesh grille insert -- is scattered throughout the exterior, while the aluminum wheels receive a diamond-turned finish. Inside, the Cygnet receives a two-tone décor scheme, with white leather applied liberally to the center stack, door panels, and seat bolsters.
Predictably, the Launch Edition Black is essentially the exact opposite. The white exterior paint is substituted for a new Magic Black color, which reportedly incorporates just a hint of deep sea green when viewed in direct light. The custom-developed hue is paired with similar stripes, along with matte black hood louvers and chrome exterior trim. Black full-grain leather dominates the Cygnet’s cabin, while trim accents are treated to a dark chrome finish.
Regardless of the hue, Cygnet Launch Edition models are delivered with a customized five-piece Bill Amberg luggage set, specially designed to fit within the small confines of the Cygnet’s cargo hold. Buyers will apparently have only two decisions to make: one related to color, and one tied to transmission choice (Aston pairs the 1.3-liter I-4 with either a five-speed manual or a CVT).
The Cygnet (along with these limited-edition models) is currently restricted to European markets, but that may not hold true for much longer. As Aston notes in its press release, the company is “working on expanding market availability by 2012,” and we wouldn’t be too surprised to see the opulently-trimmed microcar make its way stateside in the years to come.