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IRVINE, CA - Traditionally, Nissan's SE-R nomenclature has been reserved for various hot-rodded Sentra models dating back to 1991. Starting this September, speed junkies will be able to purchase a version of the 2005 Nissan Altima that wears the SE-R badge, offering slight bumps in engine horsepower and torque and providing yet another reason to skip paying extra for the larger, heavier Maxima flagship sedan.
Making more than 250 horsepower and in excess of 250 lb.-ft. torque from its outstanding 3.5-liter V6 engine, the 2005 Nissan Altima SE-R's power output is increased through the use of a freer flowing exhaust system finished with dual chrome outlet tips. Choose between a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels; either way, torque steer is likely to be evident during hard acceleration. To increase the Altima SE-R's ability to stick to the road, the four-wheel-independent suspension is re-tuned with stiffer shocks and springs, and thicker stabilizer bars front and rear. Forged aluminum alloy wheels measure 18 inches in diameter, and wear P225/45 performance tires.
Inside and out, the 2005 Nissan Altima SE-R is modified to clearly state its sporting intent. Restyled front and rear fascias, special headlight and taillight lens treatments, side sill extensions and a unique rear lip spoiler are the key visual cues separating the Altima SE-R from the more pedestrian members of the lineup. The Altima SE-R also gets silver painted brake calipers, compact fog lights and Xenon headlights. Paint color choices are Black, Smoke, Silver, Blue or Red - the last of which is exclusive to the Altima SE-R.
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Page 2: Features
--Photos courtesy of Nissan North America
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