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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Aston Martin's one-off tiny terror the V8 Cygnet - in pictures

The unusual-looking bespoke city car is quite the departure for the British brand

Feast your eyes on the Aston Martin V8 Cygnet, possibly the strangest model to emerge from the marque in its 105-year history.

The city car is a one-off creation for a customer of Aston Martin's Q by Aston Martin - Commission service, which puts together unique creations for well-to-do car-lovers.

Aside from its cute looks, from a company best known for its muscular sports cars, the most remarkable thing about the car is that it is powered by a 4.7-litre, naturally aspirated V8 engine taken from the Aston Martin Vantage S.

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The Aston Martin Cygnet was originally a rebadged Toyota iQ city car that the British brand sold in Europe from 2011 to 2013, selling for an eye-watering £30,000 (Dh145,847) — about three times the price of the iQ. That car, however, had less than a quarter of the power of the V8 Cygnet.

The pocket rocket is also fully race-ready, with features including a roll cage and Recaro bucket seats.

The Cygnet V8, which creates 430bhp yet weighs just 1,375 kilograms, is making its public debut at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.