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.

'A' is for ...
(The) Autocar

Autocar, previously The Autocar is a weekly British motoring magazine published continuously since 1895. Claims to have created the Road Test back in 1928.

Aniline leather

Aniline leather is the most natural looking leather with the unique surface characteristics of the hide remaining visible. Aniline leather is coloured only with dye and not with a surface coating of polymer and pigment . A light surface coating may be applied to enhance its appearance and offer slight protection against spillages and soiling. The first Aston Martin to use Aniline leather as standard was the DB7 Zagato.


Alcantara is a man-made fabric composed of about 68% polyester and 32% polyurethane with appearance and tactile feel similar to that of suede. It is used as a dash covering, and seat fabric although it is moat commonly used as a headlining material.


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 VH2 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. The ‘3’ relates to a third model line, where 1 was the V12 Vantage and 2 was the DB7 & 9. The ’05’ related to the car being ready for sale in 2005.