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Photos: 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe

The 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe combines head-turning styling and gutsy performance with some advanced--albeit pricey--cabin technology options, including GPS navigation and a great hands-free calling interface.

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The Altima Coupe's base-level 175-horsepower 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine provides plenty of zip for a car this size, but those who feel like an extra 100 horsepower, the coupe is also available with Nissan's flagship 3.5-liter V-6.
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With its raked fastback roofline and flowing shoulders, the Altima Coupe marks a bold styling departure from the staid lines of the sedan.
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As part of the $5,100 Premium package, the Altima Coupe gets XM Satellite Radio plus an upgraded Bose-branded audio system.
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The Altima Coupe comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Those looking for a smoother ride can option up a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for an extra $500.
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With 7.5 cubic feet of cargo room, the Altima Coupe's trunk looks bigger from the outside than it does on the inside.
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The optional Bluetooth hands-free calling can be controlled via the Altima Coupe's steering wheel buttons, which curiously also sound the horn when pushed firmly.
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Aesthetes may disagree over the car's bulbous rear-end styling, which, depending on your school of thought, is either a dashing, Infiniti-inspired touch of style or a flabby appendage that looks like an aftermarket body kit.
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The Altima Coupe features a bright electroluminescent instrument cluster and a useful driver-information display, which shows trip and fuel-economy information.
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The Altima Coupe comes with an intelligent key and push-button start as standard.
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The front-mounted auxiliary input jack makes it easy to connect portable music players on the fly.

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