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.

'C' is for ...

Derived directly from AMR race cars, Curlicue is a gill-like vent incorporated into each front wheel arch lining, reducing unwanted front-end aerodynamic lift. Neatly concealed beneath the DB11 clamshell bonnet, its design vents high-pressure air from the top of the front wheel arches though recessed apertures behind the iconic Aston Mar tin side strakes. Further high pressure air is extracted from the back of each wheel arch through discreet stirrup vents positioned af t of the front wheels.



The CC100 was a very special edition of two cars produced for the Aston Martin Centenary in 2013

Corgi DB5

To coincide with the 1964 James Bond 007 film, Goldfinger, Corgi introduced one of if not the greatest toy cars of all time. The gold coloured DB5, complete with all the gadgets including the ejector seat, sold in vast numbers becoming the first Aston Martin for a generation of schoolboys. It has sold in various forms ever since and is still popular to this day.

Carbon Edition

A special edition car, the DBS Carbon Edition was a further development of the DBS Carbon Black and available in a slightly wider range of colours


Continuously Variable Transmission. The only Aston Martin ever fitted with CVT was the Cygnet.

Carbon Black

This name has been applied to a number of special edition cars of the modern era such as the DBS, V12 Vantage and DB9. Almost but not always, the cars have been painted in metallic Carbon Black with similar Obsidian Black interiors.


For five if the last seven years, Aston Martin has topped the list of the worlds coolest brands.


The Aston Martin city car, based on the Toyota iQ.

Carrozzeria Touring

Touring were coachbuilders from Milan in Italy. They were responsible for the design of the body for the DB4 using their patented Superleggera technique.

Chrysler Torqueflite

Three speed automatic gearbox – made by the US car maker, Chrysler and commonly fitted to the AM V8, AM Lagonda and also the early versions on the Virage.