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2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder news, pictures, and information
2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder At-A-GlanceThe Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is the 'attainable exotic' that combines thrilling design and performance wîth a high-tech convertible top and outstanding value. New for 2008, the Eclipse Spyder GT gains standard 18-inch alloy wheels. SIRIÚS® Satellite Radio is now included wîth the standard Rockford-Fosgate® Premium Audio system, including a 6-month pre-paid subscription. All Eclipse models for 2008 gain a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
The Eclipse Spyder is offered in two trim levels: the GS model is powered by a 162-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or optional 4-speed automatic. The Spyder GT's 3.8-liter V-6 produces 260 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque and is teamed wîth a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed automatic. Both the 4-cylinder and V-6 engines feature Mitsubishi MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control) system to help optimize engine efficiency and power across a broad engine speed range. The Eclipse automatic transmissions feature Sportronic™ shifters to allow manual gear shift control.
A rigid platform enables the four-wheel independent suspension to give the Eclipse Spyder both sporty road manners and a compliant, comfortable ride.
The Spyder's automatic cloth top folds completely out of sight under a flush-fitting powered tonneau cover in about 19 seconds. Its advanced multi-layer construction provides a full headliner for the quiet, snug interior feeling of a coupe when it is raised. The glass rear widow features a defroster.
The 'attainable exotic' design theme continues inside Eclipse Spyder. The wave-form instrument panel houses easy-to-reach controls and features distinctive motorcycle-inspired gauges and ice blue LED nighttime illumination. Three interior color schemes are offered: Techno-Sport (dark charcoal), Hi-Q Sport (medium gray) and Avante Garde (terra cotta). The high-back front bucket seats feature integrated, open head restraints for a sporty look and enhanced rear visibility. The §teering wheel features audio system remote controls.
|Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 162 hp
Torque: 162 ft-lbs
Engine : 3.8 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 260 hp
Torque: 258 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 5-speed Automatic, 4-speed Automatic
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, The 'Attainable Exotic,' Gains Important Enhancements In Second Model YearMitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) last year introduced the all-new Eclipse Spyder and for 2008 upgrades this popular model wîth newly standard SIRIÚS® Satellite Radio (including 6-month pre-paid service), standard 18-inch alloy wheels on the GT model, plus a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System on all models.
The addition of the standard SIRIÚS Satellite Radio system is the ideal complement to the Spyder's already-standard Rockford-Fosgate® Premium Audio system, which is among the most powerful factory-installed mobile audio systems in the market today. SIRIÚS Satellite Radio provides digital sound quality, seamless coast-to-coast coverage, and about 120 channels of programming, many of them commercial-free.
Based on the fourth-generation Eclipse coupe, the Eclipse Spyder combines striking design and thrilling performance wîth a high-tech, high-quality convertible top and outstanding value. The Eclipse Spyder echoes the concept-car design of its coupe sibling wîth sleek, taut, muscular lines and engaging details such as bright finish LED tail lamps and monocle-lens head lamps.
'The Eclipse Spyder perfectly captures the essence of Mitsubishi by combining stand-out design and performance at an affordable price,' said Dan Kuhnert, vice president for marketing and sales, Mitsubishi Motors North America. 'The high-quality automatic top makes Eclipse Spyder a convertible for all seasons, and the Spyder offers features you would expect to see on a $40,000 luxury-brand model rather than one that starts under $26,000.'
The Eclipse Spyder is offered in two trim levels. The GS model is powered by a 162-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine teamed wîth a 5-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) A 4-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. The Eclipse Spyder GT challenges more expensive sports cars wîth its 260-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine teamed wîth a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed automatic.
The GT's 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque gives this model immediate and forceful off-the-line response. With the standard 6-speed manual transmission, the Spyder GT can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about seven seconds. To offer the driver a more lively driving experience, both Eclipse automatic transmissions feature Sportronic™ shifters to allow manual gear shift control.
Both the 4-cylinder and V-6 engines feature the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system 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).
A Design to EndureEclipse Spyder has always stood apart wîth its striking design, and the Spyder convincingly distinguishes itself from traditional, conservative or retro styling seen on some convertible sport models. With athletic fender arches, a wind tunnel-inspired front fascia and long, arching C-pillar and integrated rear spoiler, Eclipse Spyder carves out its own unique style.
Where the designs of other sport coupes and convertibles might attract attention for a brief time and then fade, the Eclipse design was recognized for its potential to endure. The new-generation Eclipse Spyder was honored wîth a GOOD DESIGN™ award from the renowned Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. It is the only museum of architecture and design in the Únited States in conjunction wîth Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd. An international jury selected entries in 18 categories from 25 countries. In 2006, the Eclipse Spyder was one of two production cars to receive the GOOD DESIGN award (the other was the BMW Z4 coupe).
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 about 19 seconds. This premium-level design eliminates a visible top stack that gives some convertibles a 'baby buggy' look. When raised, the top design gives the Eclipse a distinctive 'chopped' speedster appearance. 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. The top is designed to resist 'ballooning' at highway speed, and the glass rear window features a defroster.
Interior Designed to be Seen
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 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 interior leather-wrapped §teering wheel features audio system remote controls. One-piece high-back front bucket seats use open headrests for a sporty look and enhanced rear visibility.
High-Power Music Machine
Únderscoring the Spyder's value, both models feature as standard a 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio system wîth a 6-disc, in-dash CD changer that can play MP3 CDs, plus SIRIÚS® Satellite Radio wîth a 6-month pre-paid subscription. The system is specifically tuned for the Eclipse Spyder and provides 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 continues the brand's renown for providing excellent value. On both the GS and GT models, the long list of standard equipment includes advanced dual-stage front air bags and seat-mounted side air bags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) wîth electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), air conditioning, the 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate audio system wîth SIRIÚS Satellite Radio, cruise control, engine immobilizer, fog lamps, keyless entry and power windows, locks and mirrors.
In addition to GS-level equipment, the V-6-powered Eclipse Spyder GT features 18-inch alloy wheels, electronic traction control and a standard outside temperature and compass display.
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 billing by equipping this model wîth a 6-way power driver's seat, leather seating surfaces, aluminum pedals, automatic climate control system, heated front seats and heated exterior mirrors and a Sword Silver wheel finish.
Rigid Body Structure, Sporty Chassis
Mitsubishi engineered the Eclipse platform to be built as a coupe or convertible. 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 uses either a 20-mm (GS) or 21-mm (GT) stabilizer bar. Commensurate wîth its higher performance potential, the Spyder GT also uses larger ventilated rear disc brakes in place of the GS model's solid rear brake discs. The GS model is equipped as standard wîth 17-inch alloy wheels and 225/50R17 V-rated all-season tires; the GT model gets newly standard 18-inch alloy wheels for 2008, fitted wîth 235/45R18 V-rated all-season tires.
All Eclipse models are built in the Mitsubishi manufacturing plant in Normal, Ill., one of the 's most flexible assembly plants. This facility produces four different models: Eclipse coupe and Spyder, the Galant mid-size sedan and the Endeavor SÚV.
Mitsubishi cars, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks are backed by comprehensive new vehicle limited warranties. Mitsubishi Eclipse, Lancer, Galant, Endeavor and Outlander vehicles come wîth a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; along wîth a 5-year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty. The high-performance Lancer Evolution is covered by a 5-year, 60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty, along wîth a 3-year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty. Mitsubishi pickup trucks are covered by a 5-year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty that also includes powertrain components.
All Mitsubishi vehicles have a 7-year /100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty, along wîth 5-years/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance, which includes free towing to the nearest authorized Mitsubishi retailer.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.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007
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