The word sculpted comes to mind to describe the Nissan Altima Coupe as there are precious few straight lines to be found. The HID xenon headlight clusters sweep back and upward into the hood and front fenders and the side profile is punctuated by front and rear fully rounded and flared wheel openings.
While the base coupe comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, 16 and 17-inch alloys are optional.
The roof line flows quickly to a high rear deck set of by the multi-lamp tail lights and large molded rear valence.
There are two engine choices; a 2.5 Liter DOHC Four that produces 175 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque and a 3.5 Liter V6 that puts out a full 95 horsepower more while delivering 258 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels.
Both versions of the Altima Coupe are front wheel drive with your choice of the 6-speed close ratio manual transmission like we drove or Nissan's Xtronic, Continuously Variable Transmission.
A fully independent, "sport-tuned" suspension includes speed-sensitive-steering and both front and rear stabilizer bars.
The EPA rates the 2.5 Liter equipped with the manual transmission at 23 City/32 Highway, with nearly identical numbers for the automatic. Opting for the V6 will drop your fuel economy to 19 City/27 Highway
Braking is provided by 4-wheel ABS discs with standard, Electronic brake force distribution.
Our Coupe came through with the "Premium Package" that included leather appointed seats and gear shift knob as well as the leather wrapped, fully adjustable, multi-function steering wheel.
Up-rated audio includes the Bose 6-disc in-dash CD changer with state of the art audio ancillary features and a powerful 9-speaker sound system. Both front and rear standard, side-impact and side curtain airbags are included.
MSRP for the base Altima Coupe is $20,950. Select a fully optioned V6 with the CVT transmission and the base can top out at over $32,000.
A new Nissan Altima for 2008: .... the sporty and stylish Coupe 2.5S.