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.
The Aston Martin famous paint colour first seen on the Goldfinger DB5
From July 2006, Aston Martin began offering DB9 coupe customers an optional Sports Pack. Essentially, the car featured a new lighter 5 spoke wheel design and revised suspension to make the DB9 even sharper handling. In early 2010, AM began to offer the Premium Sports Pack as an option on the coupe and for the first time on the Volante. Premium Sports Pack involved the fitting of the Adaptive Damping System as had been introduced on the DBS.
Surfacing veils strengthen the resin-rich surface of composite parts, creating a strong bond with the underlying laminate and enhancing surface appearance by masking the reinforcing fibre pattern. This reduction in pattern print-through ensures an optical smooth surface prior to painting. This technique was first used on the 2007 DBS, the first production Aston Martin with carbonfibre composite body panels
A rather confusing and occasionally used term to identify a more powerful engine option. This was first seen in 1958 to describe the optional DBB/ 195 bhp engine as seen in the DB Mark III. Most notably, the term ‘special series’ was used to describe the triple SU carb /SS engine optional on the DB4 series 4 and 5 saloon and standard fit on the DB4 Vantage.
A paddle gear shift mechanism, developed by Prodrive and linked to a manual gearbox on the 2007 V8 Vantage. First shown in late 2006 as an option for cars built from the second quarter of 2007. More recently developed into the improved Sportshift II in the V8 Vantage from 2012 and Sportshift III in the V12 Vantage S.