Some believe horsepower is like beauty, brains, and money – you can never have too much. But for some, even a massive infusion of horsepower can't make a bad idea good. But evidently at Aston Martin, the predominant belief is in the former, which is why the company is reportedly working on a V-12-powered Cygnet city car, according to Autocar. The Toyota-based Cygnet was initially introduced to bring down Aston's fleet CO2 emissions and fuel consumption average, and was generally less-than-enthusiastically received by most critics. But looking at the critical reception and acclaim bestowed upon Nissan's Juke-R, the British luxury brand believes it can work similar magic on its microcar to positive effect.
The report goes on to say the modifications to the Cygnet's chassis to accommodate the V-12 would be "significant but not insurmountable." As is the case with the Nissan Juke-R, the Cygnet V-12 would be built in very limited numbers, and primarily for a Middle Eastern clientele, priced well into the six figures, likely much higher than most of Aston's regular production models. The Juke-R is currently priced at the equivalent of approximately $800,000. No word on what the asking price would be for the super-Cygnet, but you can be assured it won't be a model for bargain-shoppers.
Does a massive infusion of horsepower into the Cygnet change your opinion of Aston's micro car? Or would the Cygnet V-12 just be a ridiculous novelty for those customers with far more money than sense or taste?