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2012 Nissan Altima Coupe: Denver buyers don’t have to sacrifice fun for sensible

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The Nissan Altima has been known among Denver driving enthusiasts as a driver's car. The 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Coupe goes even further and excels at extreme handling situations and seems to connect with the driver in a unique way.

And for Denver buyers who think they have to sacrifice a stylish and fun car to drive, for something practical and sensible, the 2012 Altima Coupe gives the driver the best of both.

Inside, the seats in the Coupe are unique, with more aggressive bolsters which is good for the model's sporty aspirations and spirited driving. The overall fit and finish inside the Altima Coupe is very good and competitive for the class. The leather upholstery feels rich, and soft materials are used in places like padded armrests.

This Altima Coupe tester came with the 3.5 SR option that features the 3.5-liter V-6 and a six-speed manual transmission. The V-6 is closely related to the engine in Nissan's 370Z sports car, and delivers a robust 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The 2012 Nissan Altima Coupe drives like a well-tuned front-wheel-drive car. True sport’s coupes will have a rear-wheel-drive configuration, but the Altima coupe isn’t far behind in the sports feel.

The 2012 Nissan Altima Coupe has the look of a pure sport two-door. The longish hood, greenhouse, and short trunk lid, give it a good balance of sheet metal between the cleanly outlined wheel arches. The wheelbase has been shortened by four inches from the sedan giving the coupe a sportier look.

The Coupe makes a solid, appealing two-door for Denver drivers, though a tight back seat makes it best for two people.

Click here and we’ll give a full report on the 2012 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SR.

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