Recall Alert: 2014 Aston Martin DB9, Rapide S


Vehicles Affected: Nearly 450 model-year 2014 Aston Martin DB9 and Rapide S high-performance luxury sports cars manufactured between June 2013 and July 2014

The Problem: Due to a faulty circuit board, the transmissions in the affected vehicles may inadvertently shift to neutral without input from the driver. If this happens, the driver will not be able to maintain speed or move the vehicle out of traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Aston Martin began notifying owners earlier this month, and dealers will replace the affected circuit boards for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Aston Martin at 888-923-9988, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info. The automaker noted that if the vehicle exhibits the problem, owners should turn off the ignition then restart it, which may allow the car to be driven to safety.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2008-14 Aston Martin Vehicles


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,001 versions of Aston Martin vehicles, including the 2008-2014 DB9 and V8 Vantage, 2009-2012 DBS, 2010-2012 Rapide, 2014 Rapide S, 2011-2012 V12 Vantage, 2011-2014 V8 Vantage S and 2012 Virage vehicles.

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that a manufacturing error could cause the accelerator pedal arm to fail. "If the accelerator pedal arm breaks, the engine will return to idle and the driver will be unable to maintain or increase engine speed, increasing the risk of a crash," NHTSA said in a statement. This is an expansion of an earlier recall.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the affected accelerator pedal assemblies for free.

What Owners Should Do: Aston Martin will notify owners starting Feb. 7. Owners can call Aston Martin at 888-923-9988 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2012-14 Aston Martin DB9, Virage, V8 and V12 Vantage, Rapide


Aston Martin is recalling 689 sports cars due to a manufacturing error that could cause the throttle pedal arm to break, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Affected vehicles include model-year 2012-14 DB9, Virage, V8 and V12 Vantage, and Rapide.

The recalled vehicles were manufactured between May 14, 2012, and April 10, 2013. If the throttle pedal arm breaks, the engine will return to idle and the driver will be unable to maintain or increase engine speed, increasing the risk of a crash.

Aston Martin will notify owners according to a still-unspecified schedule, and dealers will replace the throttle pedal assemblies for free. Owners may call the automaker at 888-923-9988 or the NHTSA vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 11, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Aston Martin Rapide S: First Look


  • Competes with: Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, Porsche Panamera Turbo S
  • Looks like: The Rapide adopted a conjoined grille
  • Drivetrain: 550-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 with six-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Next month

Aston Martin's four-door Rapide S replaces the Rapide for 2014. Typical of "S" designations, it brings more power to the British marque's only four-door car. Aston Martins are about as easy to distinguish as Kardashians, but the Rapide S has one giveaway: the grille, which joins the upper and lower portions where the Rapide left them split. Aston Martin says it works in conjunction with a revised hood and front bumper to improve pedestrian protection, which is in line with Europe's latest pedestrian-impact regulations.

By Kelsey Mays | January 23, 2013 | Comments (6)

2010 Aston Martin Rapide Video editor Joe Wiesenfelder is a bit skeptical about four-door luxury sports cars, but where others fail, the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide pulls off the strange combination relatively well, he says. Check out this video to find out how the Rapide can manage to satisfy ultra-luxury brand shoppers but also keep the kids happy in the backseat. That is, if anyone with children will allow them in the Rapide.
By Stephen Markley | June 4, 2010 | Comments (1)

2010 Aston Martin Rapide: First Look

Aston Martin, the British builder of exclusive coupes and convertibles, is the latest sports-car maker to try its hand at a four-door car. Aston's entry is called the Rapide, and it's slated to hit U.S. dealerships in May 2010 with a starting price around $200,000. I recently had the opportunity to check out the only Rapide currently in existence, and it's clear the graceful style that's come to define Aston Martin sports cars has been successfully translated to this car.
Some people might wonder why Aston Martin needs a four-door car. One of the goals with it is to enhance the brand's year-round appeal, according to Beth Paretta, an operations manager for Aston Martin North America. It's a “car that [customers will] use more than as just a Sunday-driver," she said.
One car that instantly comes to mind when considering the Rapide is Porsche's new Panamera four-door hatchback, but I like the Aston's styling much better. Whereas the Panamera tries to pull off a stretched-911 look, the Rapide retains the low-slung design and sleek lines of the automaker's sports cars. Even though it looks like a sedan in profile — albeit a sporty one — the Rapide is actually a hatchback like the Panamera; its rear decklid and rear window open as a unit.
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