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Macho T belongs in the A Team.

Byline: GRAEME LENNOX

NISSAN'S amazing new pick-up truck would be enough to make B.A. Baracus weep.

The A Team hero was renowned for knocking together an unstoppable juggernaut with a few sheets of scrap metal and a blowtorch.

But even he would struggle to come up with a beast as intimidating as the 300bhp behemoth that is the Alpha T concept car.

Nissan's new baby reverses the recent trend for multi-purpose vehicles that disguise themselves as conventional cars.

The Alpha T wears its industrial look with pride. Engineers who worked on it derived their innovation from power tools and other macho paraphernalia.

Design team boss, Shiro Nakamura said: "We wanted to appeal to the true truck lover's desire for a big, powerful, aggressive-looking vehicle.

"The Alpha T's appearance may be a little startling to those who have come to view trucks as saloons with an open boot." Inside the pick-up load area is a power-operated slide-out floor and a handy toolbox compartment is integrated into the tailgate.

Inside the cab is a combination of extraordinary spaciousness and human touches. The instrument panel has a retractable multi-function screen with navigation system.

The brushed aluminium steering wheel provides an authentic truck feel and large automatic gear selector and tension sensitive armrests add a level of functionality.

The Alpha T Concept promises performance to match its powerful appearance, with a 300-horsepower 4.5-litre V8 engine, rugged suspension, four-wheel drive and four-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission.

Nissan's new car is one heck of a beast. However, I don't expect to hear B.A. say: "Ain't goin' on no plane, am takin' da Alpha-T."
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Date:Jan 28, 2001
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