Glossary of Aston Martin Terms
If you’re new the the fascinating world of Aston Martins, this this glossary may help you. Words like ‘superleggera’ ‘kamm tail’ and ‘cosmetic’ often cause confusion so this section is here to demystify things a little. I have tried to include as many specialised Aston Martin related words as possible plus some others which have caused confusion to visitors in the past. Please do not hesitate to E-mail me if you would like any others words to appear.
AMSHIFT is a system, first fitted to the 2017MY manual V12 Vantage S, which is driver selectable uses clutch, gear position and propshaft sensors, together with finely-tuned programming of the engine management, to mimic the technique of heel-and-toe downshifts; the act of blipping the throttle while braking and changing gear. AMSHIFT also offers the capability of full-throttle upshifts for maximum smoothness and minimal interruption in acceleration.
The AMi II infotainment system is an improvement from the AMi system of the 2013MY Vanquish and made standard across the whole AM range with the introduction of the 2016MY. It is characterised by high quality switchgear with haptic feedback, Bluetooth as standard, text message integration and a wide range of connectivity options. Instantly responsive graphical displays are integrated with the car’s dynamic performance.
Carrozzeria Allemano was a Turin based coach builder. Owned by Italian, Serafino Allemano, the company was established in 1928 but closed in 1965. The company are credited with the unique DB2/4 Allemano Coupe.
The ACO is the organisation responsible for the Vingt Quatre Heures du Mans, otherwise known as the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race.
The internal code name of the original DB9.
This was the internal code name of the V8 Vantage, first used from probably 2000 and then publicly from 2002 identify the upcoming car to the press long before the prototype AMV8 Vantage was unveiled. Initially was to be mid-engined until the idea was quashed by the then new CEO Dr Bez in the autumn on 2000.