| - Mitsubishi Introduces "Attainable Exotic"
North America (MMNA) today unveiled the all-new 2008 Eclipse Spyder
at the North American International Auto Show. Based on the
fourth-generation Eclipse coupe introduced in 2005, the new Eclipse
Spyder combines "Driven to Thrill" design and performance
with a high-tech convertible top and outstanding value. The 2008
Eclipse Spyder arrives in Mitsubishi dealerships in April.
Designed to appeal to convertible and sports car enthusiasts of all
ages, the 2008 Eclipse Spyder echoes the concept-car design of its
coupe sibling with sleek, taut, muscular lines and engaging details
such as bright finish LED tail lamps and monocle-lens head lamps.
|| 260 BHP@
|| 3828cc (234 cu. in.)
|| 258 lb-ft @
Weight lb (kg)
|| 3671 (1665)
Acceleration 0-62 mph
|| Front Wheel
The 2008 Eclipse
Spyder is the third in a series of six new Mitsubishi vehicles to be
introduced in less than three years. The first of these was the 2006
Eclipse coupe introduced in June 2005, followed by the all-new
mid-size Raider pickup truck. Upcoming new models include a
second-generation Outlander SUV, the Lancer sedan and the tenth
version of the legendary Lancer Evolution. "The new Eclipse
Spyder captures the essence of Mitsubishi by offering customers a
stand-out design and performance at an affordable price," said
Rich Gilligan, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America.
"Its high-quality automatic top makes Eclipse Spyder a
convertible for all seasons and is more like a top you would expect
to see on a $40,000 car than one that starts at under $26,000."
The Eclipse Spyder GT challenges more expensive sports models with
its 260-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine mated to either a standard
six-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic.
The GT's 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque gives this model "right
now" off-the-line response. With the standard six-speed manual
transmission, the Spyder GT can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in
about seven seconds.
four-cylinder and V6 engines feature Mitsubishi Innovative Valve
timing and Electronic lift Control (MIVEC) technology to help
optimize engine efficiency and power across a broad engine speed
range. The exhaust systems for both Eclipse Spyder models have been
specially tuned to project a powerful, deep note through the
oversize tailpipe (chrome on GT). The Eclipse Spyder GS is rated to
achieve 29 mpg on the EPA highway test cycle. To offer the driver a
more lively driving experience, both Eclipse automatic transmissions
feature Sportronic shifters to allow manual gear shift control.
impressive about the Eclipse Spyder's automatic top is that it folds
completely out of sight under a flush-fitting powered tonneau cover
in 19 seconds. This premium-level design eliminates a visible top
stack that gives some convertibles a "baby buggy" look.
The Spyder's top is
made of cloth, compared to vinyl used on some cars in this price
segment. Its advanced multi-layer construction includes a full
headliner to provide the quiet, snug interior feeling of a coupe
when it is raised. When raised, the top design lends the Eclipse a
distinctive "chopped" speedster appearance. The top is
designed to resist "ballooning" at highway speed, and the
glass rear window features a defroster.
Worth Showing Off
in Cypress, California, recognized that many convertible owners
expect interior styling to be attractive in its own right -
something to enhance pride of ownership when driving top-down. To
that end, the 2007 Eclipse Spyder's "attainable exotic"
design theme continues inside. The wave-form instrument panel houses
easy-to-reach controls and features distinctive motorcycle-inspired
gauges and ice-blue nighttime illumination.
The customer can
choose from three available color schemes: Techno-Sport (charcoal),
Hi-Q Sport (medium gray) and Avante Garde (terra cotta). The
leather-wrapped steering wheel features audio system remote
controls. One-piece high-back front bucket seats inspired by
Mitsubishi rally cars feature open headrests for a sporty look and
enhanced rear visibility.
The 2007 Eclipse
Spyder continues the brand's renown for providing excellent value.
On both the GS and GT models, the long list of standard equipment
includes 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, air conditioning, advanced
dual-stage front air bags and seat-mounted side air bags, anti-lock
braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD),
cruise control, engine immobilizer, keyless entry and power windows,
locks and mirrors.
In addition to
GS-level equipment, the V6-powered Eclipse Spyder GT features
electronic traction control, fog lamps and a standard outside
temperature and compass display.
Vehicle Type: 2-door convertible, production car
Configuration: 6G75 V6
Position: Front Engine
Valvetrain: SOHC, 4 Valves/Cyl
HP/L: 68.42 BHP per Liter
HP/LB: 14.4 LBS per BHP
Block: Cast Iron
Cylinder Head: Aluminum
Fuel Delivery: MPI
Drive Wheels: FWD
Curb Weight: 3737 LBS 1694.8 KG
Weight Dist: 59 / 41
Length: 179.7 IN / 4564 MM
Width: 72.2 IN / 1834 MM
Height: 54.4 IN / 1382 MM
Wheelbase: 101.4 IN / 2575 MM
Front Track: 61.8 IN / 1570 MM
Rear Track: 61.8 IN / 1570 MM
Ground Clearance: 5.8 IN / 147 MM
Steering: Rack-and-pinion, power assisted
Steering Ratio: 17.1:1
Turning Circle: 40.0 FT / 12.2 M
Front Brakes: Ventilated Discs
Front Brake Size: 11.6 IN / 295 MM
Rear Brakes: Ventilated Discs
Rear Brake Size: 11.2 IN / 284 MM
Front Suspension: Independent MacPherson strut with offset coil
Rear Suspension: Low mount-link
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
1st Gear Ratio: 3.214:1
2nd Gear Ratio: 2.238:1
3rd Gear Ratio: 1.535:1
4th Gear Ratio: 1.171:1
5th Gear Ratio: 1.085:1
6th Gear Ratio: 0.790:1
Reverse Ratio: 3.456:1
Final Drive Ratio: 3.777:1
Ready to Rock
Eclipse Spyder's "Driven to Thrill" mission and value,
both models feature as standard a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate premium
audio system with a six-disc, in-dash CD changer that can play MP3
CDs. The system has been specifically engineered for the Eclipse
Spyder and provides unique automatic sound equalization for top-up
or top-down driving. The eight-inch subwoofer is integrated into the
rear seat area as a design element.
The Eclipse Spyder
GT's optional Premium Sport Package lives up to its
"premium" label by equipping this model with 18-inch alloy
wheels and 235/45 R18 tires, a six-way power driver's seat, leather
seating surfaces, aluminum pedals, automatic climate control system,
heated front seats and heated exterior mirrors. Mitsubishi
engineered the new Eclipse platform to be built as a coupe or
convertible. And improvements to the all-new 2006 Eclipse body
structure resulted in an enhanced Spyder version. The rigid platform
enables the four-wheel independent suspension to give the Eclipse
Spyder both sporty road manners and a compliant, comfortable ride.