Aston's trademark application first appeared in the European Union's Intellectual Property Office's public database this month, with the name intended for “passenger cars; racing cars; car bodies”.
While it is true that not all trademarks mean a new model is on the way, this move could suggest that Aston Martin is planning to release another DB-badged special to sit alongside the upcoming DB11 supercar.
Above: Aston Martin DB11
A likely candidate for the DBZ nameplate is a Zagato-designed version of a DB model - Z for Zagato. Last month, Aston Martin and iconic Italian design house Zagato unveiled the 2016 Vanquish Zagato concept, complete with a bespoke carbon-fibre exterior design and special trim highlights throughout the already sumptuous cabin.
Zagato and Aston Martin have collaborated numerous times over the years, which further fuels rumours of a DBZ-badged model - possibly a redesigned DB11.
Above: A teaser sketch of the AM-RB 001 hypercar
The road-legal hypercar, dubbed Project AM-RB 001, is promised by company boss Andy Palmer to be the “quickest-ever track car”, and as quick as a current-era Formula One racer around the famous Silverstone race circuit.
With no official confirmation of an upcoming model wearing the DBZ nameplate, we’ll just have to wait and see if any future Astons don the trademarked badge.