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.

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The Aston Mar tin Aeroblade™ harnesses air flow along DB11’s flanks to enhance stability at the rear. Intakes positioned in the base of the C-pillars draw air flow within the bodywork before venting it from slots in the rear bootlid. Acting like a conventional spoiler, this jet of disrupted air reduces aerodynamic lift, cleverly obviating the need for an upswept ‘flip’ in the tail.



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

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.

Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO)

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.

Adaptive Damping System (ADS)

ADS electronically adjusts the dampers according to the payload, the condition of the road surface and driving style. Developed by Bilstein and fitted to the VH V12 cars, initially as part of the Premium Sport Dynamic Pack DB9 and later as standard on the DBS, Virage, Gen4 DB9 and Vanquish.


AMR initially stood for Aston Martin Racing, a division of  Prodrive in Banbury. From 2017, AMR also became a new sub-brand for higher performance models such as the Rapide AMR and the Vantage AMR Pro

Highly respected and long established UK weekly motoring magazine. Autocar road tests provide the definitive performance figures for most cars on the UK market.