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.

'D' is for ...
Diamond Turned

Diamond turning is a multi-stage process often used in the finishing of alloy wheels. Initial stages of machining are carried out using a series of CNC lathes of increasing accuracy. A diamond-tipped lathe tool is used in the final stages of the manufacturing process


The DBX is a concept unveiled in 2015. The DBX previews the upcoming 4 door Aston Martin all wheel drive car to be produced from 2019 at a new factory at St Athen in Wales.


The DP-100 is a virtual model created especially for the the Playstaion game, Gran Turismo. It featured styling elements that became real on the track-only Vulcan and also foretold the mid-engined Valkyrie / AM-RB001.

de Dion tube

The de Dion tube is a type of car suspension used on the Lagonda Rapide and all AM V8 models. It is a sophisticated form of non-independent suspension and uses universal joints at both the wheel hubs and differential, and uses a solid tubular beam to hold the opposite wheels in parallel although is not directly connected to the chassis.


The media have dubbed the DB9 repalcment (VX500), due for unveilling in the spring of 2016 as the ‘DB11’. As yet it is unknown if Aston Martin will use this name for the upcomming car


Aston Martin chose not to use the name DB8 and the repalcement for the DB7 was called the DB9



Internal project number of the 1992 Virage based twin supercharged Vantage.

DLO – Daylight openings

A fancy term used to describe the finish to the trim around the side windows of certain Gaydon cars. Some of the  DBS Carbon Edition and final numbered series of the V12 Vantage Carbon Black featured  matt black rather than bright trim


Manufacturers of lightweight magnesium and carbon composite wheels. A hollow spoke design was used on the 1990s V600 Vantage and Le Mans. Dymag wheels were also used on the Driving Dynamics DB7.

Dragon 88

A short run special edition of the V8 Vantage, DBS and Virage during 2012 especially for the Chinese market.