• Oct 23rd 2006 at 2:02AM
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Vince Burlapp of Hollywood Extra fame has come across a series of grainy photos that supposedly reveal the existence of a Nissan Altima coupe. The styling is entirely too reminiscent of the Infiniti G35, with thick C-pillars, tightly drawn headlamps and a beltline that's a dead ringer for the upmarket two-door.

It doesn't take a keen eye to see that the pics are being taken during a photo shoot of some kind, so we'd assume it's being prepped for a debut in the near future (L.A. maybe?). However, you know what happens when people assume, right?

An Altima coupe would make a great competitor with the Toyota Solara and Honda Accord. Even better -- make it rear-wheel drive and it'll be the spiritual successor to the 240SX.

Judging by the unfinished look of the Altima, it's safe to say that we're more than a little skeptical. As always, time will tell.

[Source: The Hollywood Extra]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aaron>> The Altima is more of a direct competitor to the Accord and Camry. They all have available 4cyl. or V6 engines, And all cover the "midsize-luxury" category. A Maxima on the other hand is a "fullsize luxury" car, more comparable to the Toyota Avalon and well, as for Honda, It really doesn't have a Full-size car unless you explore into the Acura line-up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That looks exactly like the current G35. I don't believe Nissan would do what we are seeing above. There is already the Z, and this one looks way too much like a G. It would kill G sales.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Another "YAY" vote for the Altima coupe. Nissan needs a competitor for the Mustang, Pontiac G6, Accord coupe, etc. This is not a huge segment but it's there and it should be easy for Nissan to crank out a couple based on an existing sedan.

      I don't see it taking too many sales from the 350Z or G35. 350Z buyers know what they want won't compromise for a FWD coupe. G35 buyers have the money to get what they want and are not going to step down into an Altima when they can easily afford an Audi TT, 3 series, or any other stylish coupe.

      No, the fact that most Mustang's are sold with the V6 tells you everything you need to know about the Altima coupe - there is a market for a stylish 2-door car that offers decent performance and a reasonable price.

      The failure of the Solara (and Celica for that matters) has more to do with Toyota's inability to sell something with style and a performance image and less to do with the lack of coupe buyers. Isn't the current "performance leader" for Toyota a hot rod Tacoma X-Runner?
      • 8 Years Ago
      An Altima coupe with a VQ and 5 or 6 speed would be an awsome replacement for my quickly-shitting-the-bed 02 Spec-V.
      warren m
      • 8 Years Ago
      We need more information. I'd like to see a convertible version.
      Darren Serati
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't understand the G35 coupe comments. Does the Altima sedan cannibalize the G35 sedan sales? Of course not. One is 20 something grand and the other is 30 something grand.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's gonna be impressive, there's already quite a bit of buzz surrounding it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      this is a car that would make me strongly reconsider plans to buy a G35 coupe. ugh, the resemblance is just way too close.
      • 8 Years Ago
      yeah, this is too close to the G35 coupe, but for those that appreciate RWD (I know I do) this car can not be considered to compet with the G35, it willdo fine against the G6, Accord adn Camry coupes - and maybe the Chrystler Sebring coupe

      now a convertible would also be nice for them to bring in.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't think this would steal many sales from the Z or the G. I bet they'll market this car as a cheaper, front wheel drive, more "entry level" coupe. People who can afford and/or want a Z or a G will not even look at this because they'll see it as below the class they'll want. On the other hand, it will open up a Nissan coupe to another market (i.e. the entry market).
      • 8 Years Ago
      thumbs up to an altima coupe.. I just hope the taillights aren't absolutely gihugic like the new Altima sedan. It wouldn't at all cannibalize sales of the 350Z, and only the G35 if you totally option it to the hilt (I should know, I let my mom buy a 32,500 dollar Altima).. but then it's still FWD so it won't really cannibalize sales that much. Plus, it'll be a lot bigger than the G35 coupe, which is really more of a 2+2 than a real 4-seater.

      Bring it nissan!

      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL, not a chance in hell it will be RWD.

      However, I can hope for a choice of either motors WITH a manual in either one. It may still be FWD, but they can make it fun and cheap.
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