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News Aston Martin Signet with a Vantage heart

Aston Martin Signet with a Vantage heart

This is the type of stuff that all car buffs absolutely love. What’s better than dropping a larger engine in in a car for more power? How about shoehorning a massive 4.7-litre V8 into what is otherwise a Toyota iQ!

While a regular Signet tips the scale at barely 920 kg, the Vantage version is 450 kg heavier. Despite that, it’ll still crush the 100 km/h sprint from not in 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 272 km/h.

Everything about this Aston Martin bespoke “Q” division project is nuts. Yes, there’s the 430-horsepower Vantage S V8 engine but there’s also all the work and craftsmanship that went into making the Signet Vantage S actually driveable. The firewall’s been moved back, Vantage front and rear subframes have been fitted, a transmission tunnel covering a tiny torque tube was built and that’s barely half of it. This car’s got a custom exhaust, part-Vantage interior wrapped in a roll cage and finally, larger 19” wheels covering big brakes hidden under carbon fibre wheel flares.

The final kicker? It’s street legal.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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