A British performance car created for two-passenger enjoyment, the Aston Martin Vantage’s debut for the 2006 model year marked a return to a V-8 engine. The first Aston Martin eight-cylinder powered Vantage since 2000, the 2006 model was created as an entry-level product in the brand line-up. Sold only as a two-door coupe in 2006, a soft-top roof convertible version of the Aston Martin Vantage was added for the 2007 model year. Engine power for the 2006 model was derived from a 4.3-liter V-8 powerplant generating 380 horsepower. For the 2009 model year, the Aston Martin Vantage received a larger 4.7-liter displacement engine producing 420 horsepower. The 2009 model was also given a more sport-oriented suspension system with the improved vehicle. A mid-mounted six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission were available on the Aston Martin Vantage models from 2006 to 2010. The two-seat interior of the Aston Martin Vantage consists of leather upholstery and is styled with a sport focus. In 2011, the Aston Martin Vantage line-up was redefined as the V8 Vantage as well as a new V12 Vantage.