• May 23, 2007
At first blush, the Altima coupe sounds like a Japanese Monte Carlo -- firmly midsized, front drive, fast roofline -- but that's where the similarities end. Inside Line put an Altima coupe with the lusty 270 HP V6 under the microscope and proclaimed it the best of the field. While the performance figures and spec sheet may reflect solid numbers that don't necessarily best the competition, there are some cars that have a je ne sais quoi that defies measurement. The Inside Line folks laid down the clipboard on the passenger seat and discovered that the Altima Coupe experience is more about how the whole of the machine works. It sounds to us like the Altima is channelling the G37, and thusly, it outclasses its peers.

Thanks for the tip, Mehdi!

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a GM automobile.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jason,

      Since when was a circle that is used as an interior design element dated to the 70s? What in the world kind of comment is that? So designers should only design with squares and rectangles? Maybe some pentagons and hexagons too? ROFL too funny...

      ...a grille should not be designed around the emblem? If it is it is toyish and cheesy? hmm I won't even touch that one...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The front of Nissan cars is what I don`t like. I swear they use the same head light mould for all their cars including their ugly minivan. I guess its cheaper to use the same design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The issue with proportion is not unique to just Nissan. It can be seen in the latest Honda and Subaru designs as well. Toyota is more or less getting it right, but that's mainly because they're copying from the one Japanese company which sets the bar for good design language - Mazda.

      In fact, I dare say Hyundai/Kia now have cleaner design than many of the Japanese car makers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      nobody seems to be able to get the complete package right on these. Accord's coupe front end looks really good/ aggressive but the back end is very fat. From these pics and my memory from chi-sho, the nissans rear is well tailored but I'm not in love with the headlights that wrap up and back, or the grille. Nissan vehicles still show a lot of french influence on several vehicles, with the exception of the Z and most of the Xterra. the rest all have some quirky design language that can only come from the Renault side of the house.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am sorry but this is one ugly vehicle. Nissan was going in a great direction with the G35 and the Z coupe but have now gone down the same horrible path that Honda took with the Accord. The sixth generation Accord coupe was a gorgeous, well proportioned automobile whose successor took on the bloat of something reminiscent of a Buick. This new Altima has taken the same path. The sedan is worthy of what it is, a bland family people mover. Keep it what it is and refrain from this poor attempt at a touring coupe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car looks nothing like a G37, except vaguely in profile. As Bernie said, it looks much more like a G6 coupe, especially when viewed from the rear.
      Have any of you asshats seen a G37 on the road? No? Then how do you know what it really looks like? Seriously, some of you people are true idiots.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What an ugly car. I don't care for the new 2007 Altima sedan either. They ruined a good thing with last years design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      until they can make the 6 speed as slick as the honda, this car is an afterthought
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...wtf, why are there so many whiners that are nitpicking every little detail as if they are trying to find something to hate about the car. The car looks good to me, especially like the strong shoulders on the rear flanks. The chrome pieces on the grille are a bit iffy but I'd easily take this over anything else in the segment. I don't see anything on this car remotely offensive or ugly...you guys are just nitpicking :rolleyes: You guys talking about quality, have you even sat in one??!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just got sick of seeing so many of them on the road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The entire design language at Nissan is seriously messed up. I don't doubt that this is a fine automobile, but why would Nissan make it look so similar to the G37 coupe?

      Inquiring minds want to know!
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