Macho T belongs in the A Team.
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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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jan 28, 2001|
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