2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 2dr Coupe Pictures

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Options Trims


Unfortunately, Nissan has an annoying structure for their options packages. The $3,200 3.5 SE “Premium” Package includes HID headlights, leather seats and trim, heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, premium audio, XM satellite radio, speed-sensitive volume, dual-zone climate, HomeLink an illuminated center console, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and metallic trim.

The problem is that I would only want about half of those options, and to get them, I still have to pay for the ones that I don’t want. There are no individual options aside from the $600 VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) and $2,000 Technology Package (GPS and rear-view camera,) and you must have the Premium package to even get it. Nissan really should make some features of the Premium package optional.

The 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 2.5 S has an optional moonroof and fog lights, then it’s the same thing: a $1,300 Convenience Package and a $3,800 Premium Package which both include an overflow of options; some of which you want, some you don’t.

Considering how sporty the 3.5 Coupe already is, I start to salivate thinking about a (hopefully) upcoming Altima Coupe SE-R. Toss in the 350Z’s 306 horsepower V6, a sportier suspension, tuned exhaust, sexier wheels, body trim, and darkened taillights, and we’ve got ourselves a bad-ass FWD sport coupe.

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At a Glance: 2013 Nissan Altima Coupe

The 2-door Nissan Altima Coupe, like the all-new 2013 4-door Altima Sedan, offers high quality and high value – while adding an extra touch of aggressive coupe styling. The Altima Coupe’s unique exterior design stands out in a crowd of sedan-based 2-door models with magnetic, perfectly proportioned styling and a shorter wheelbase, shorter overall length and lower height than the new-generation Altima Sedan. (For full information on the 2013 Altima Sedan please go to NissanNews.com.)

For 2013, the 2-door Nissan Altima Coupe offers a streamlined lineup with one available model – Altima Coupe 2.5 S CVT. It is powered by a refined 175-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder mated to Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT®. In addition, three new colors are offered for the new model year: Metallic Slate, Pearl White and Cayenne Red.

As in previous years, Altima Coupe is offered with a wide range of convenience and technology features, including standard Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition and available leather-appointed seats, 9-speaker Bose® premium audio system, Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, advanced touch-screen navigation system with NavTraffic and NavWeather Real-Time Information services (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and RearView Monitor.

Highlights of the 2013 Nissan Altima Coupe include:

Body

  • Sporty and sophisticated exterior design
  • 4.0-inch shorter wheelbase than Altima Sedan (105.3 versus 109.3 inches) for enhanced style, handling and maneuverability (including a smaller turning radius)
  • 10.6-inch shorter overall length, with reduced rear overhang, than Altima Sedan (180.9 versus 191.5 inches)
  • 2.2-inch lower overall height than Altima Sedan (55.9 versus 58.1 inches)
  • Seven exterior colors are offered: Metallic Slate, Cayenne Red, Crimson Black, Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Navy Blue and Pearl White.

Engine and Driveline

  • Refined 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder with 175 horsepower (170 hp CAL) and 180 lb-ft torque (175 lb-ft CAL)
  • Standard dual exhaust
  • Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) designed for fluid-feeling performance and efficient operation

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Advanced Nissan “D” front-wheel drive platform
  • Independent strut with coil springs front suspension design, equal-length, equal-angle, near parallel to the ground half shafts
  • Advanced multi-link independent rear suspension design with an emphasis on nimbleness and good ride comfort
  • Front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Shock absorbers with rebound springs for secure cornering feel
  • Power-assisted vehicle-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering system provides light effort at low speeds, secure feeling at high speeds
  • Power-assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc with standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P215/55R17 tires

Interior Features

  • Available Bose® premium audio system – includes a 4.3-inch color display, USB port with iPod® connectivity, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), 9 speakers
  • Available Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 6.5-inch VGA color display, USB port with iPod® connectivity, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System with audio streaming, advanced map data including speed limit advisories, Zagat Survey® restaurant guide, NavTraffic and NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and an RCA input for auxiliary audio/video connectivity
  • Sporty, comfortable, highly bolstered front seats, front seats storage pockets, inboard release lever (for rear seat passenger convenience)
  • Available leather-appointed interior
  • Available 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Rear 60/40 split flat fold-down rear seat
  • High quality interior feel with refined workmanship, use of soft materials (such as padded armrests) and chrome accents, oversize vanity mirror in driver and passenger side sun visors
  • Sporty interior space with innovative amenities, including Fine Vision illumination display instrument panel
  • Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition
  • Convenient covered storage compartments, cup or bottle holders
  • Available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
  • Available Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control
  • Available RearView Monitor
  • Available sliding glass moonroof with sunshade
  • Available HomeLink® Universal Transceiver

Safety

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor
  • Driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Front seat Active Head Restraints
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Zone Body construction
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Standard Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Models and Manufacturing

  • Available in one well-equipped models: 2.5 S CVT
  • Four available option packages: Convenience Package, Premium Package, Leather Package and Technology Package
  • Assembled by Nissan North America –Smyrna & Decherd Manufacturing

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Overview

The 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe, simply put, is a driver’s car. And a damn good one at that. Exceptionally good-looking inside and out, more than enough power, responsive steering, fun to drive, excellent fit and finish, and affordable. What more could you ask for?

Well, a decent trunk would be nice. So would space enough in the back for people who happen to have legs. I realize it’s a sports coupe, but it’s still mid-size and should have more space than it does.

For the everyday commuter and weekend road-carver, the Altima fares up nicely and fills a gap between the raw-racer 350Z and the family-hauler Altima Sedan. We loved the Altima Coupe, and I would consider buying one myself if I were in the market.

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