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2008 Nissan Altima Coupe

At a Glance

Pricing $20,670 - $25,570
Drive Types FWD
Engines 2.5l I4, 3.5l V6
Transmissions CVT, M6
Fuel Economy 19-23 (city), 26-32 (highway)

Overview Information

The Altima is the hottest selling Nissan sedan, with arguably the raciest styling in its segment. Naturally, Nissan chose it as the basis for the sleek new Altima Coupe, which fills a gaping hole in its lineup. Nissan has not had an affordable coupe since the 1999 240SX, so the 2008 Altima Coupe is a logical addition to its lineup. Like the new 2007 Altima sedan, the coupe offers a standard 175-bhp 2.5L inline-4, or an optional 270-bhp 3.5L V-6. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or available Xtronic CVT(TM) automatic. Base Altima Coupes get 16-inch steel or alloy wheels with 215/60R16 tires, while upper models feature 215/55R17 tires on 17-inch alloy wheels. We suspect that younger style-conscious owners will certainly upgrade to 18-inch or larger wheels at the first opportunity. For the more sport-oriented buyer, Nissan tuned the suspension for a firmer ride. The new D-Platform (shared with the sedan) has a lower-mounted engine and equal length halfshafts to significantly reduce torque-steer, which should improve overall handling. Safety features include standard front, side, and side-curtain airbags. Traction control is standard on V-6 models, with optional VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) available. ABS, EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and BA (Brake Assist) are included on all models. Available comfort and convenience options include: Bluetooth(R) Hands-Free Phone, Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, GPS navigation with XM Realtime Traffic updates, and RearView Monitor. An optional Bose(R) 9-speaker audio system should entertain audiophiles. Nissan did a superb job with the Altima Coupe styling, which echoes the current generation Infiniti G35 Coupe, with elements of the 350Z added to the mix. We expect that this new addition to the Altima lineup will carve out a chunk of the affordable coupe market for Nissan.

What Changed:

All-new coupe version of the Altima sedan. Nissan shortened the wheelbase 4" to 105.3" vs. the sedan. Overall length is reduced to 182.5" (coupe) vs. 189.8" (sedan). Width remains the same at 70.7", but the coupe measures only 55.3" high vs. 57.9" (sedan). The Altima Coupe shares no common body panels with its sedan counterpart, except for the hood. The Altima coupe offers a standard 175-bhp 2.5L inline-4, or an optional 270-bhp 3.5L V-6. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or available Xtronic CVT(TM) automatic.

Official Word:

The Nissan Altima is a car on the move. With its next generation design for the 2007 model year, Nissan's best-selling vehicle in the United States is poised for even greater success as it establishes segment leadership in style, design, performance and innovation. The next-generation Altima is also expanding its model offerings with a new Altima Hybrid, set to go on sale in select markets in January 2007, and a dramatically styled new Altima Coupe, which...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Altima Coupe S 2.5l I4 (175-bhp) M6 FWD 23/32/27 $20,670
Altima Coupe S 2.5l I4 (175-bhp) CVT FWD 23/31/27 $21,170
Altima Coupe SE 3.5l V6 (270-bhp) M6 FWD 19/27/23 $25,070
Altima Coupe SE 3.5l V6 (270-bhp) CVT FWD 19/26/22 $25,570