2008 Nissan Altima Coupe review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 30 November 2006 , 07:11:36 byEmil

Filed under NissanCoupes

Nissan Altima Coupe

The 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe made its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it boasted high performance features, such as upscale styling, sporty performance, driver-oriented interior and high quality. A new Altima Hybrid is also planned to be released, hitting the markets in January 2007. The styled new Altima Coupe was developed to appeal those customers who appreciate the expression of style, individuality and fashionable appearance. Its unique exterior design features a lower height than the Altima sedan, a shorter overall length as well as a magnetic and perfectly proportioned styling. Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, stated that they struggled to give the Altima Coupe its own style and dimensions rather than just eliminating the doors from the Altima sedan, thus offering their enthusiasts excitement and driving pleasure at the highest level. The dimensions of the Altima Coupe are 105.3-inch wheelbase, a length of 182.5 inches and a lower profile of 55.3 inches. Its platform, which features an increased body rigidity and a redesigned suspension, was developed in order to make Altima one of the best performing large front-wheel drive vehicles available globally. The torque steer is virtually eliminated by the new suspension geometry, the shock absorbers comprising rebound springs and the engine placement which is lower in the subframe. A choice of two engines and two transmissions is available for the new Altima Coupe, the 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6, rated at 270 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque, ensuring refined sound quality and strong acceleration. The second choice is embodied by the 2.5-liter DOHV 16-valve QR25 inline four-cylinder, delivering 175 HP and 180 lb-ft of torque, combining ideal packaging and smoothness. Both the 3.5-liter V6 and 2.5-liter 4-cylinder models are available with Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT(TM) (Continuously Variable Transmission) or 6-speed manual transmissions. The responsiveness feeling provided by the Xtronic CVT transmission is a strong point of the Altima Coupe, as well as the handling. The interior is driver-oriented with unique sport-style front seats with more side support, in-board release lever and front kangaroo pouches. The new Altima Coupe will be assembled at the Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee plants.