The Aston Martin Vantage gets new features for 2009, including an updated engine, lighter flywheels for better throttle response, stiffer suspension, a redesigned center console and hard-disk drive (HDD) navigation. The Vantage is available as a coupe or as a convertible with a power-operated cloth soft top that can be lowered in 18 seconds, even at 30 mph. Powered by 4.7L V8 engine capable of 420 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque, the Vantage is equipped with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, or optionally a six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Zero to 60 mph is clocked at 4.7 seconds, and the maximum speed is 180 mph. EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers for the manual transmission are 12 mpg city/19 mpg hwy, and for the Sportshift automatic, 13/19. Aston Martin Vantage standard features include 18-inch wheels, 10-way power sport seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control and a six-CD changer. Xenon headlights, cruise control, a navigation system, 19-inch wheels, heated seats and seat memory are options.