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2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder news, pictures, and information
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Created by the Mitsubishi Motors R&D of America, Inc. design studio based in Cypress, California, the MITSÚBISHI Concept-CT MIEV sport hatchback is the company's first concept model for the sport compact category that is attracting growing attention in the North American market in recent years.
The new Eclipse Spyder is a convertible version of the Eclipse sporty coupe the company showed at the Detroit Motor Show in January of this year. Eclipse Spyder features a soft top which opens and closes at the touch of a switch, wîth a new powered tonneau panel. The car is powered by either a 2.4-liter in-line 4-cylinder MIVEC3 engine or a 3.8-liter V6 MIVEC engine. The 3.8-liter model will be available wîth a 5-speed automatic transmission wîth sport mode or a 6-speed manual transmission, both of which are new additions over the current Eclipse Spyder model.
Eclipse Spyder will be produced at the MMNA's facility in Normal, Illinois and is due to go on sale in the spring of 2006.Source - Mitsubishi Motors
'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 wîth 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 §egmènt. 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 §teering 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) wîth 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.
Ready to Rock
Únderscoring the Eclipse Spyder's 'Driven to Thrill' mission and value, both models feature as standard a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio system wîth 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 GS and GT models each offer an option package that enhances interior comfort. The Leather Package for the Spyder GS combines leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and heated exterior mirrors, along wîth the outside temperature and compass displays that are standard on the GT.
The Eclipse Spyder GT's optional Premium Sport Package lives up to its 'premium' label by equipping this model wîth 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.
Rigid Body Structure, Sporty Chassis
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.
The multi-link rear suspension is equipped wîth either a 20-mm (GS) or 21-mm (GT) rear stabilizer bar. Commensurate wîth its higher performance potential, the Eclipse Spyder GT also gains larger ventilated rear disc brakes in place of the GS model's solid rear brake discs.
The Eclipse GT is powered by a 3.8-liter SOHC MIVEC V-6 engine mated to a choice of either a standard six-speed manual or optional five-speed Sportronicú transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The V-6 develops 260 hp at 5,750 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,500 rpm. (Note: The Eclipse GT coupe is rated at a slightly higher 263 hp and 260 lb.-ft. due to differences in the two models' exhaust systems.)
In addition to utilizing Mitsubishi's Torque Roll Axis Mount system to help control engine movement, the 2007 Eclipse Spyder uses vibration-dampening fluid-filled mounts are utilized for all key engine and transmission mounting points.
Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control system (MVEC)Many carmakers today equip their engines wîth some type of variable valve control system, which can optimize power and torque by changing valve opening times and/or duration. Another type of system controls valve lift or stroke, which affects airflow into to the combustion chamber. Some of these valve control systems optimize performance at low and mid-range engine speeds. Others focus on enhancing only high-rpm power.
The Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system provides both of these benefits by controlling valve timing and lift. The Eclipse GS four-cylinder and GT V-6 engines both employ the MIVEC system.
In essence, MIVEC serves the same function as 'swapping cams,' something that car owners and racers might do when modifying older-design engines to produce more power. With MIVEC, the 'swap' occurs automatically at certain engine rpm at wide-open throttle (4,300 rpm in the four-cylinder engine and 4,000 rpm in the V-6). The cam switch operation is transparent to the driver, who is simply rewarded wîth a smooth flow of power.
Despite its technological complexity, the basic operation of the MIVEC system can be expressed quite simply: MIVEC alters the cam profiles, tailoring engine performance in response to driver input.
Únder low-rev conditions, MIVEC selects a smaller cam profile, yielding medium lift on the valves to provide stable combustion and lower emissions. When the throttle is opened wide and engine speed reaches the switchover point, MIVEC gives the intake valves a longer duration and higher lift, providing maximum and efficient power and torque over a broader range of engine speeds.
How MIVEC Works
In the MIVEC system, three distinct cam profiles are used to provide two engine modes: a low-speed mode, consisting of low- and mid-lift cam profiles; and a high-speed mode. The low- and mid-lift cams and rocker arms - which drive separate intake valves - are positioned on either side of a centrally located high-lift cam. The high-lift cam is directly connected to a T-shaped lever, which controls lift and duration of both intake valves in the high engine-speed mode.
At lower engine speeds, the T-shaped levers connected to the high-lift cams reciprocate freely without contacting intake-valve rocker arms, thus allowing the low- and mid-lift cam lobes to control corresponding intake-valve lift and timing. The intake rocker arms contain internal pistons, which are retained by springs in a lowered position while the engine speed is below the MIVEC switchover point, to avoid contacting the high-lift T-shaped levers.
The high-speed mode opens the valves longer due to its higher lift. At high engine speeds, the pistons within the rocker arms elevate when MIVEC sends increased oil pressure through an oil control valve. The high-lift cams' T-shaped levers are then able to directly contact the elevated rocker arm pistons, overriding the low-speed cam lobes and fully controlling intake valve lift and duration.
In summary, MIVEC switches to the higher cam profile as engine speed increases, and drops back to the lower cam profile as engine speed decreases; the low-and high-speed modes overlap for a brief period, boosting torque.
Eclipse Spyder GT: 3.8-Liter MIVEC V-6 Engine
The 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT is powered by the transversely mounted 3.8-liter, 60-degree, SOHC, 24-valve V-6 engine introduced for the Eclipse coupe in 2006. This new engine was the first V-6 from Mitsubishi to be equipped wîth the MIVEC valve timing and lift system. Improved liquid-filled engine mounts help reduce vibration and harshness.
An oversquare 95.0 mm bore and 90.0 mm stroke yield the 3,828 cc displacement. In the interest of durability, the 3.8-liter V-6 uses high-pressure cast pistons, forged steel connecting rods and a heat-treated forged steel crankshaft. The durable high nickel content cast-iron engine block features revised oil passages for improved lubrication and durability. In addition, the 3.8-liter block is a new casting that has been structurally enhanced for additional cylinder-bore rigidity.
The aluminum cylinder heads employ single-overhead-cam, four-valve-per-cylinder valvetrains. The intake and exhaust port volumes and valve diameters have been designed to maintain optimal mixture velocity at low- to mid-range rpm to help deliver the best off-the-line and passing response. The new engine's key friction surfaces -- such as journals and ring surfaces -- have been treated for lubrication or coated to reduce friction and help optimize fuel efficiency. The 3.8-liter engine's oil pan features additional baffling to help control oil flow and ensure oil supply under high cornering loads.
With the help of the same MIVEC technology found on the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the V-6 engine produces a peak of 260 hp at 5,750 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,500 rpm. Just as impressive, the V-6 is producing 220 lb.-ft. of torque before it even reaches 2,000 rpm, giving the Eclipse Spyder GT outstanding off-the-line response.
Fuel and air delivery to the combustion chambers of the Eclipse Spyder's 3.8-liter V-6 is governed by a throttle-by-wire control system that eliminates the mechanical linkage between the accelerator pedal and the throttle plate. The throttle-valve-control microprocessor has been integrated into the vehicle's main ECÚ. In this arrangement, inter-processor communication that would otherwise be transmitted by a complex body of harnesses and connectors is now handled by a circuit board, improving the system's reliability.
Acting in conjunction wîth traction control - a standard feature on the Eclipse Spyder GT - the throttle control computer receives data from wheel speed sensors to govern engine speed to help regain traction when necessary.
The V-6 engine achieves its excellent throttle response characteristics thanks in part to a tuned intake manifold and modified throttle body assembly. Port diameters, runner lengths, and plenum volume were optimized for mid-range power and responsiveness. The electronically controlled throttle body assembly features a double-sided cut throttle shaft for improved airflow.
Cold Air Intake System
|Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 162 hp
Torque: 162 ft-lbs
Engine : 3.8 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 263 hp
Torque: 260 ft-lbs
5-speed Automatic, 6-speed Manual
A sophisticated electronically controlled multi-point fuel injection system ensures precision fuel delivery. Six injectors mounted in a lower injection manifold are fed pressurized fuel by a plate-style delivery rail. The plate-style fuel rail design absorbs fuel pulsation and helps generate consistent fuel spray patterns for better atomization. Compared to previous fuel injectors, the new injectors are designed wîth additional tiny nozzle holes that help decrease mean droplet size, improving fuel atomization by fifty percent.
The electric fuel pump module integrates the fuel filter and high-volume/high-pressure pump into one assembly, reducing the number or parts and connections and enhancing reliability. Carbon, rather than copper, is used for the commutator's brushes to improve the fuel pump's durability. A return-less fuel system minimizes heat transfer to the fuel, which in turn reduces vapor emissions.
The Eclipse 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine uses a high-flow, welded tubular exhaust manifold. Dual catalytic converters are integrated into the tubular steel assembly near the cylinder heads to more quickly reach operating temperature, thereby promoting quicker, more efficient catalyzation. The stainless steel exhaust system uses a minimum number of hanging points to help reduce vibration transmitted to the body. A high-flow muffler minimizes backpressure while also producing a deep, sporty exhaust note.
The Spyder GT V-6 engine features efficient, clamshell-type exhaust manifolds. A catalytic converter housed within the clamshell of each manifold helps improve exhaust emissions performance, particularly under cold start conditions.
Four Different Transmissions
The 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder uses four different transmissions across the GS and GT trim levels. The Eclipse GS comes equipped wîth a standard five-speed manual transmission and offers an optional four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
The Eclipse Spyder GT offers the performance of a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic. The six-speed transmission features triple synchronizers on the first three forward gears for smoother engagement. The six-speed shifter utilizes a dual cable linkage for easy, smooth and quick shifting performance. A dual-mass flywheel assembly helps suppress driveline vibration, which along wîth a self-adjusting clutch, helps to extend clutch life. In addition, a hydraulically operated clutch contributes to smooth, easy and rewarding shifting feel.
Eclipse Automatic Transmissions
The automatic transmissions used in Eclipse models are equipped wîth a Sportronic¨ mode that offers dynamic manual shifting. Simply moving the shift lever into the sports mode gate gives the driver more fun-to-drive control of manual gear selection.
In both the four-speed automatic (Eclipse GS) and five-speed automatic (Eclipse GT), the latest version of the INVECS II processor helps the transmission match its shifting actions to road conditions and driver input. The INVECS II processor executes optimal shift points. A 'learned control' function in the computer measures the timing of the driver's accelerator inputs and tailors shift action accordingly for softer or firmer shifts.Source - Mitsubishi
There were four trim levels available for the first generation Mitsubishi Eclipse. The top-of-the line trim level was an all wheel drive version; the others were front-wheel drive. Both were available with the optional turbocharged engine. The trim levels included the base, GS, GS-T, and GSX. The base engine was a 1.8-liter 8-valve SOHC engine that produced just under 100 horsepower. The GS with DOHC was a 2-liter engine that raised horsepower to 136. The turbocharged version had over 180 horsepower.
Attached to the engine were a five-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment. A four-speed automatic was available for an additional cost. The AWD models included a limited-slip center differential and output shaft for a transfer case that was different than the FWD versions.
The second generation of the Eclipse began production in 1995 and continued into 1999. A Spyder version was now available, which offered convertible driving. Horsepower on all engines improved; the base 2.0-liter engine produced 140 horsepower. The 2.4-liter engine produced 141 and the 2.0-liter engine with turbocharger produced 210 horsepower.
There were now seven trim levels available including the RS, GS, GS Spyder, GS-T, GS-T Spyder and GSX.
In 1997 the model was giving aesthetic improvements. The front grille was updated, the headlights reshaped, and the driving lights became smaller and round. The reverse lights were moved away from their central position.
Built along side of the Eclipse was the Eagle Talon which was produced until 1989 when Eagle went out of business. The Talon was available in Base, ESi, TSi, and TSi AWD. Minor styling changes between the Talon and the Eclipse segregated these two vehicles.
The third generation of the eclipse appeared in 2000 and remained in production until 2005. It was a drastic styling change from its pior-self, with styling cues borrowed from the Mitsubishi SST design study which had debuted at the 1998 North American International Auto Show.
The Eclipse now shared a platform with the 8th generation Galant. Weight and size increased, and so did the engines displacement size. The base engine was a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 140 horsepower. The 3.0-liter V6 engine raised horsepower to the tune of 200 horsepower.
The GTS trim was introduced in 2003. It had a 10:1 compression ratio and an improved Variable Induction Management air intake system that raised horsepower by 10.
The fourth generation of the Eclipse was shown at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show. The big news was the 3.8-liter V6 engine that raised horsepower to 263. The base 2.4-liter engine is rated at 165 horsepower. There is only one drive type available - front wheel drive. The Spyder version was released for 2007 at the North American International Auto Show.
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