Aston Martin is basically re-selling the Toyota iQ to the Japanese, who made it in the first place, for three times the price with the launch of its Cygnet in Japan and Honk Kong.
The trendy little Cygnet is a relevant product for Honk Kong though, as most of the world’s millionaires at some point take refuge in that corner of the world. With prices starting from $603,578 HKD and ¥4,750,000 YEN, the Cygnet is like a designer handbag for those who like to travel in style.
What sets the car apart from the i! is the attention to details, craftsmanship, and the materials used to garnish it, including six ‘Race Collection’ paint schemes, hexagon perforated leather and quilted Alcantara.
The car is also loaded with equipment like ABS, nine airbags, stability control, electronic brake assist and retractable door mirrors to a luxurious interior specification, including keyless entry and start and heated seats, all packed into a car that is just three metres long.
Deliveries of Aston Martin Cygnet in the aforementioned countries expected in the first quarter of 2012.
There are also two limited and special models customers can order at launch:
Cygnet Launch Editions
Launch Edition Whiteand Launch Edition Black epitomise Cygnet’s qualities; craft and skill in a luxurious but compact package, with heart, soul and personality, Tailor-Fit for the modern city.
Cygnet Launch Edition White brings together a serene exterior; finished in Snow White paint with a mix of silver mesh, chrome brightwork and diamond turned alloy wheels. The interior of the White edition features seats hand trimmed in Pearl white leather with perforated Alcantara inserts, complemented by satin chrome. On the exterior, Aston Martin’s attention to detail is exemplified with the iconic wings badge appearing in matching white.
In contrast, Cygnet Launch Edition Black features Magic Black metallic paint with a specially developed deep sea green effect, offset by matt black louvers and chrome brightwork. Inside, the seats and dash are finished in pure black full grain leather, perforated in a specially-developed diamond pattern. Satin chrome accents adorn the cabin, while the wings badges are rendered in black throughout.
Strictly limited to fifty examples across Hong Hong and Japan, the Cygnet Launch Edition comes with a bespoke Bill Amberg five-piece luggage set, especially designed for and tailored to Cygnet. Available in a contemporary combination of black leather with technical fabric, the set comprises glove box bag, removable door pocket bag, holdall, garment bag and a collapsible tote bag.