This Denver 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, perfect for Denver’s high altitude.
The 3.5-liter V-6 is a must for Denver drivers who measure a car's desirability by how quickly it goes between stoplights, or how readily it might attract the attention of Denver police. This Red Alert exterior color will certainly attract additional attention.
The V-6 makes a potent 270 horsepower and there's more than enough punch for fun in this coupe. If you get it up to its 6600 rpm redline, you're probably having a blast. The V-6 also delivers 258 pound-feet of torque, which is very useful for getting a jump off the line.
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.
But don’t expect pure sports car handling. When pushed, the Coupe's tendency will be to understeer, which intuitively encourages the driver to ease up on the gas pedal. Rear-wheel-drive sport machines will not experience this.
The brakes are vented discs in front and solid discs in the rear. All Altimas come with four-channel, four-sensor ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), which optimizes the front/rear brake balance depending on load condition (passengers and cargo). A variable-ratio-pivot brake pedal provides a rigid feel at freeway speeds and less sensitive, more controllable operation in city driving.
The V-6-powered 3.5 SR has strong acceleration, and when mated with the six-speed manual, the coupe is a true driver’s car. This powertrain combined with the sport-tuned suspension and precise steering, makes the 3.5 SR the best choice for Denver driving enthusiasts.
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