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  -  Mitsubishi Introduces "Attainable Exotic" 2008 Eclipse Spyder

Mitsubishi Motors 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.


      Engine                                      V6 
      HP    260 BHP@ 5750 rpm
      Displacement     3828cc (234 cu. in.)
      Torque    258 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
      Weight lb (kg)    3671 (1665)
      Acceleration 0-62  mph         -- 
      Top speed     --
      Driveline    Front Wheel Drive 
      Price (approx)     --

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.

Both the 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.

Premium-Level Automatic Top

Perhaps most 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.

Interior Design Worth Showing Off

Mitsubishi designers 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.

Other specifications:

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
Compression: 10.5:1
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 springs
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

Underscoring the 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.