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Nissan Altima WTF?

So I'm driving home from work today and hit a long stretch of straight clear road. There is a grain truck ahead of me and some car (the Nissan) behind me. I pass the truck and the Nissan follows.. keeping close to my tail. I keep the gas pushed down in 5th... getting up to 110 pretty quickly.. and this guy keeps right up. I wasn't worried too much, but fairly impressed. So a mile or so down the road (after slowing down for an intersection) this guy is still behind me... just tailing me and keeping up. I figure I'll drop it to 4th (at about 65) and pull away easily. Granted I wouldn't say I'm the best at aggressively shifting... but this guy was on my tail up through 120... at 130 I started pulling away and by the time I hit 140 he was quite a ways behind me, but still I was impressed with how much he did keep up. I let off at close to 150 and coasted down to what seemed like a crawl at 70 and he caught up to me. We gave each other a thumbs up and went our separate ways. Do you guys think he'd done some work to that car or are they just that fast? Or do I just suck that bad at shifting? I really don't race at all and I rarely mess around like that unless the conditions are prefect.
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must have been the 3.5 ver. show now mercy next time drop down to 2nd or 3rd and put some space on it quick like
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The new altima is packing 270 HP. While that would have been extremely impressive in 1990. It's not so hot now and not in the same league as a GTO.

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Just as I figured...operator error
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The 3.5 especially in a SER version is pretty decent in the Altima. Not enough to out perfrom the GTO but good enough to impress you like the one you ran did. I have a '04 Maxima with the 3.5 of course and for a sedan it does pretty good. I surprised the hell out of a guy in an Impala SS with the LT1. He tried pulling away from me but it didn't happen. I was slowly and I do mean slowly gaining ground on him. My ride has 265hp/255 lb. ft of tq. and weighs just under 3500 lbs. compared to the Impala SS at 260hp/330 lb. ft. of tq. and 4036 lbs. By the time we were at 120 or so he slowed down to make his exit.

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If you wanna walk away nicely, slap it in 3rd...or have no mercy and put it in 2nd...
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Hi, Goat,
Here is a chart I made up for UP/Down shifting my 06 M6 Manual:

Couldn't get it to space correctly in the post, so I have it attached:


05 GTO M6 Speed Chart .txt


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Yep, gotta agree with others. If you were serious about pulling away, you should have grabbed 3rd @ 65mph not 4th.

With that said, the difference between a 270 HP car and a 400 HP car is not really all that much in the real world. You won't just instantly put 3 car lengths between you and almost any decent car from a roll. Off the line, your 400 Ft Lbs of twist will give that kind of result against most I4's or V6's which tend to be top end wonders these days.
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Not too surprising, the new Altima 3.5 SE Coupes, and the previos SE-R's are low-mid 14 sec cars. And being fwd, they're quickest from a roll of course. Next time you know to downshift even lower just to be on the safe side....
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Sweet chart, thanks guys!
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