Aston Martin has released a new limited edition version of its small car, the Cygnet.
The ‘Cygnet & colette’ luxury city car is a joint venture between the car maker and the luxury Parisian fashion authority colette.
Just 14 examples will be made by Aston Martin’s personalisation service, Aston Martin Works Tailored. It will feature Lightning Silver paint with exclusive colette blue styling details including a race collection inspired front bumper and bonnet livery, mirror caps and diamond turned road wheels.
The Bitter Chocolate themed interior takes inspiration from colette’s mascot Oscar, the chocolate-brown Labrador.
Other styling features that are unique to the car include stainless steel hand formed and engraved door handle badges, ‘Cygnet & colette’ branded hand enamelled boot badging manufactured by Thomas Fattorini, Quilted Alcantara sun visors to complement the quilted leather door and seat inserts, hand trimmed, quilted colette blue leather occasional cushions for the rear seats, and a key ring machined from solid aluminium with blue enamelling
Aston Martin Director of Design, Marek Reichman said: “Aston Martin and colette are both cool brands that successfully blend modernity and innovation. It made perfect sense to work together and create this limited piece of automotive fashion for the city.”
colette first opened in 1997 and in the intervening 14 years it has become a Parisian landmark, thanks to its state of the art store with its selection of exclusive, unusual and beautiful luxury items.
The Cygnet is the first ‘mini’ Aston Martin and is based on the Toyota iQ. It has a 1.33 litre VVT engine that develops 97bhp, giving a top speed of 106mph (170 km/h) and fuel consumption of 66mpg.
Aston Martin take the standard iQ and then spend 150 man hours turning it into the Cygnet; changes to create the standard model include new body panels (Aston say that every panel other than the roof is unique to the Cygnet), a full respray in any colour that the new owner asks for (many colour co-ordinate their Cygnet with their ‘full-size’ Aston), new dashboard instruments, integrated sat-nav, and a full re-trim in leather.
Aston Martin have taken orders for over 400 so far (every owner of the new One-77 has ordered one, many in a matching colour) and has the capacity to build 1,500 per year in addition to the 5,000 V8 and Vantage cars that it already builds.
The standard Cygnet sells for just over £30,000 ($48,000, €35,000, with the new ‘Cygnet & colette’ edition available from €48,995 (£42,000, $66,000) – but it can only be ordered from the colette store in Paris for delivery by the end of the year.
The Cygnet is already available in a ‘Launch Edition’ in black or white, complete with matching five-piece luggage set by Bill Amberg, for £39,995 ($64,000, €47,000).