What defines the Aston Martin DB series? David Brown’s tenure of ownership began in 1947, but it wasn’t until 1950’s DB2 that the fabled initials first found their way on to an Aston Martin. By 1953, the most distinctive visual element of these elegant sporting grand tourers was in place, with the DB2/4’s grille. Derived from the air intakes of the era’s racing cars, the subtle taper and perfect union with the flowing lines of the bonnet and wheel arches ensured the DB grille was perfectly integrated into the car.
The grille evolved in harmony with the cars that bore it, through DB5 and DB6, to the subtle modernist lines of the original DBS, and eventually into the modern era with DB7 and then the DB9. Along the way, bold design statements such as the DB10 have displayed the legacy of this essential form.
Today’s Aston Martin family is led by DBS Superleggera and DB11, both showing distinctive variations of this instantly recognisable shape. DBX is no different: a pure Aston Martin DB, led as always by a distinctive iteration of this iconic grille, a shape that defines the character and signals power, performance and important heritage.