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2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT

The Good :) Concept Car Looks Inside and Out. Powerful V6 Engine.  Great 6-speed Transmission.  Powered Convertible Top.

The Bad :(  Non Aggressive Front-end Design.  Small Rear Seats.  Should be a rear wheel drive vehicle.

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            Mitsubishi, a company in a downward spiral until recently, has produced a hot sports car just in time for summer.  The Eclipse Spyder combines thrilling design and performance with an advance power convertible top at a very low price point.  Just hitting dealerships this month (April), the car is turning heads everywhere we take it. 

            With sales just now increasing rather than decreasing, Mitsubishi is delivering some great new products.  "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 is available in either GS trim, which offers a 2.4 liter four cylinder, or the as tested GT trim, with a V6 engine.  Exterior styling is reminiscent of previous versions from the front angle however the rear end is totally concept car curvaceous.  The fit and finish of the vehicle is very good.  The use of modern and unique design features in the headlights and taillights is quite impressive.  The headlights have a lens in front of the main bulb which changes colors as you walk around it.  The taillights have a purplish bulb which also looks great even when not turned on.  The bulleted fog lamps are large and add a concept car look.  The silver mirror like lip of the wing on the trunk looks as if it is a lighted brake light but we were disappointed to find only a small square brake lamp in back.  We suppose this is left to the aftermarket.  It appears that designers could have gone further with the front end, giving the eclipse a more aggressive design.  The flow overall is quite nice and we especially liked the rear end.

The interior is colorful and bold, designed much like a concept car.  We were very surprised to see high attention to detail.  Door pulls are styled very nicely and have dotted lock knobs which also light up.  The large grab handles on the doors are in an ergonomic position and required in any sports car.  Seats are colored to bring the outside color inside, with our orange color found in many interior panels and on the seats themselves.  While seats look extremely bolstered, they are actually quite soft and comfortable, making getting in and out easy.  The aggressively styled seats are wonderful because you have shoulder support and a mesh behind your head for some wind.  They look great and feel nice with leather like interior portions and suede like side bolsters. 

The dash is stylish with soft leather like material for the main colored portion.  Most buttons and dials feel nice to the touch.  The steering wheel feels nice with its large grips and thick stitching which was carried over nicely to the shift knob.  The small instrument cluster has a warm glow with a blue tint providing ambient lighting to the interior cabin.  It was really a cool feeling behind the wheel at night.  We just had trouble seeing if the air conditioner was on or off in the day time as the switch was not bright enough to be seen.  Pedals are trimmed in buttoned metal for a high end feel. 

The climate control system is a fully automatic and worked well in convertible mode as well as top-up mode.  Dual heated seats are optional but great for winter driving days or when you feel tired after a long day.  A small pod on top of the dash shows you stereo selection, compass, as well as time and outside temperature.  The location of this screen was far from the stereo dials and so not the best place to have this information.  It also lacked the coolness of the interior color scheme because it is done in black digital text display, something more like a color cell phone display would have been better suited.

The audio system is a powerful piece of work.  A powerful premium stereo system is offered in the Eclipse.  Rockford Fosgate has been making aftermarket car audio systems for 25 years.  A total of 650 watts are sent through nine speakers including a 10-inch long throw subwoofer in a fiberglass reinforced bass reflex enclosure.  The six disc in-dash CD changer also plays MP3 files.  The system offers DSP with live, hall, and normal settings and serious bass.  The system offers sound compensation for when the car's top is down and speed is increased.   We can see many young adults opting for this car because of this stereo system, which is standard.  Lacking is an input auxiliary jack for your iPod, something that would have appealed to the youth generation.

            The rear seats are big enough for an adult to sit in for a short ride.  There is also enough room for a pet but the wind blowing around in back is just way too much for a comfortable ride.   Only the driver's seat is height adjustable for a better view out the front windshield.  It is powered as well for easier movement.  The passenger seat is set to a low position for a sporty feeling and is manually adjustable.  Both seats manually slide forward for entry into the back, however getting in back with seatbelts that are not attached to the seats themselves is difficult.

To increase driver and front passenger room, the Eclipse's height was increased by nearly two inches, to 53.5 inches (or 53.8 inches when equipped with optional 18-inch wheels and tires).  Thanks to its wider track, overall passenger volume was also increased by over two cubic feet to a generous 81.6 cu ft. offering room to stretch during the drive and room for easier ingress and egress.  The Eclipse leads its class in front shoulder room, providing 54.2 inches of shoulder space for front passengers.

The top opens easily, all you have to do it touch two levers holding the top to the front windshield and then press the open button on the lower dash and away it goes.  The mechanical top has a glass rear window for carefree maintenance for years.  It takes 19 seconds for the top to do its thing, leaving a clean flush fitting rear end when in convertible mode.  However, the rear window is a bit small for the view in your rearview mirror.  But who is looking back anyways in a car like this.  We found the top to be very quiet when up and experienced no ballooning or movement. 

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 with 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 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.

            The Eclipse GT offers a powerful 263 horsepower 3.8 liter V6 engine that produces 260 lbs.-ft of torque.  The engine is mated to a six speed manual or a five speed Sportronic automatic transmission.  Full torque is achieved at a high 4500 rpm compared with German cars which can deliver full torque at around 1800 rpm.  For aesthetics it is dressed in a red cover with the MIVEC logo under the hood.  A 21mm rear stabilizer bar is standard on the GT while a 1 mm smaller bar is found on the GS.  Large brake discs measure 11.6 in front and 11.2 in back.  A high flow muffler produces a throaty exhaust note giving the Eclipse a very sporty character.

            The view from the steering wheel is good with large windows in front and to the side.  The arc curvaceous shape of the body is exemplified in the shape of the side view windows. The ride is firm and sporty.  The Eclipse utilizes a MacPherson strut design front suspension.  The rear uses a multi-link configuration with trailing arms.  The wide track at 61.8 inches provides good stability and control.  The shift gate is short and quick with gravity towards the center so gear changing is faster and easier.  The powerful engine sending all its might to the front wheels can be a drag when you want to go very fast.  The Eclipse looses its steering easily under full power, a fault with all front wheel drive cars this light.  However, this does make for easy wheel screeching excitement in parking lots. 

Body sway is minimal and while the suspension could give more road feel to the driver, it is quite good for a car in this price range.  The powerful engine allows us to drive as fast as we like and with relatively good stability on highways, the Eclipse is an overall winner.  A front strut tower bar decreases body roll and improves performance.  If power was sent to the rear wheels, we would feel more comfortable pushing the pedal to the metal more often.  You just never know where the car is headed when you loose all steering feel trying to go fast.

            There is little on the market with the flair and roominess of the Eclipse Spyder at its price point.  The exterior is just beautiful and the interior equally wonderful.  The Eclipse has style, something lacking in many other cars.  Furthermore, the GT model has plenty of power to satisfy most drivers.  The power convertible top further enhances the Eclipse's desirability in this very competitive market segment.  After spending some time in the Eclipse, we feel that the combination of style, performance, fun and affordability makes this a winner in the entry level convertible segment. 

Mitsubishi should be proud of the Eclipse; it's a car with bold style that draws to the emotions of the younger generation.  The Eclipse should be a huge hit because it's so different in every way and because it offers a sense that you are getting so much more than what it costs.  This is the only way for Mitsubishi to work its way back for spiraling sales over the past few years.  If they focus on being bold and offering more, like they did with this Eclipse, the customers will come in masses.

 

 

PRICING INVOICE RETAIL
Base Pricing 26,756 28,269
Destination 625 625
Accessory Pkg  Include Alloy Fuel Door, Sport Floor Mats (Must Code Sunset Pearl-M03 Color Code) & Wheel Locks. 154 179
Appearance Pkg  All Models Include Front Corner Air Dams, Alloy Fuel Door, Sport Floor Mats, Sport Side Sills, Rear Wake Modifier & Wheels Locks. 1,444 1,999
Sport Pkg, Premium 1,520 1,730
Aero Kit 1,290 1,820
Paint, Sunset Pearl 114 130

COMPARISONS

  2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
GT 2dr Convertible (3.8L 6cyl 6M)
2006 Nissan 350Z
Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M)
2005 Chrysler Crossfire
Limited 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
2006 Pontiac Solstice
2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
MSRP $28,269 $37,650 $38,295 $22,935 $19,915
Invoice $26,756 $34,820 $35,366 $21,187 $18,820
Basic 5 yr. / 60000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi.
Drivetrain 10 yr. / 100000 mi. 5 yr. / 60000 mi. 7 yr. / 70000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi.
Roadside 5 yr. / Unlimited mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi.
Rust 7 yr. / 100000 mi. 5 yr. / Unlimited mi. 5 yr. / 100000 mi. 5 yr. / Unlimited mi. 6 yr. / 100000 mi.
Base Engine Type & Cylinders V6 V6 V6 inline 4 inline 4
Base Engine Displacement 3.8 liters 3.5 liters 3.2 liters 2.0 liters 2.4 liters
Valvetrain 24 Valves
single overhead cam (SOHC)
24 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
18 Valves
single overhead cam (SOHC)
16 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
16 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
Variable Valve Timing Standard Standard Being Researched Standard Standard
Horsepower 260 hp @ 5750 rpm 300 hp @ 6400 rpm 215 hp @ 5700 rpm 170 hp @ 6700 rpm 177 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque 258 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm 260 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm 229 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm 140 ft-lbs. @ 5000 rpm 166 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm
Tires P225/50VR17
all season
P245/45WR18
performance
P255/35ZR19
performance
P205/45R17
all season
P245/45R18
all season
Trip Computer   Standard      
Braking Assist   Standard Standard    
Anti - Lock Brakes 4-wheel ABS 4-wheel ABS 4-wheel ABS 4-wheel ABS 4-wheel ABS - Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard    
Stability Control     Standard    
Premium Brand Audio System Rockford Fosgate Bose Infinity    
Premium Brand Speakers Rockford Fosgate Bose Infinity    
Total Number of Speakers 9 7 8 4 6
Watts 650 240 240    
SPECS
Handling
Turning Circle 40 ft. 35.4 ft. 32.2 ft. 30.8 ft. 35 ft.
Max. Cargo Capacity 5 cu. ft. 4 cu. ft. 7 cu. ft. 5 cu. ft. 5 cu. ft.
Length 179.7 in. 169.8 in. 159.8 in. 157.3 in. 157.2 in.
Width 72.2 in. 71.5 in. 69.5 in. 67.7 in. 71.3 in.
Height 54.4 in. 52.5 in. 51.8 in. 49 in. 50.1 in.
Weight 3671 lbs. 3600 lbs. 3140 lbs. 2498 lbs. 2860 lbs.
Wheel Base 101.4 in. 104.3 in. 94.5 in. 91.7 in. 95.1 in.
Front Headroom 39.6 in. 39.2 in. 37.3 in. 37.4 in. 38.5 in.
Front Shoulder Room 54.2 in. 53.6 in. 52.7 in. 53.2 in. 52.4 in.
Front Hip Room 53.7 in. 53.2 in. 53.3 in. 50.6 in.  
Front Leg Room 42.8 in. 42.6 in. 42.7 in. 43.1 in. 42.7 in.
Rear Leg Room 27.7 in.        
Maximum Luggage Capacity 5.2 cu.ft. 4.1 cu.ft. 6.5 cu.ft. 5.3 cu.ft. 5.4 cu.ft.
Maximum Seating 4 2 2 2 2

 

ENGINE

GS

GT

Engine Type

2.4L MIVEC

3.8L MIVEC

Engine Code

4G69

6G75

Valve Train

SOHC, 16 valve

SOHC, 24 valve

Displacement (cu in/cc)

145.1/2378

233.6/3828

Bore x Stroke (in/mm)

3.43 x 3.94/87.0 x 100.0

3.74 x 3.54/95.0 x 90.0

Compression Ratio

9.5:1

10.5:1

Horsepower @ RPM (BHP)

162 @ 6000

260 @ 5750

Torque @ RPM (lbs.-ft.)

162 @ 4000

258  @ 4500

Engine Block

Cast Iron

Cylinder Heads

Aluminum

Redline RPM

6500

6500

Fuel System

MPI

Recommended Fuel

Regular

Premium

Radiator Core Size

747x350x16 (mm)

747x350x16 (mm)

Engine Oil Type

5W-20

5W-20

Engine Oil Capacity (qt/L)

3.2-4.2/3.0-4.0

3.2-4.2/3.0-4.0

TRANSMISSION TYPES

GS

GT

Drive Train

2WD

Transmission Type

5-Speed

Manual

4-Speed Automatic

6-Speed

 Manual

5-Speed Automatic

Ratios

 

 

 

 

1st

3.583

2.842

3.214

3.789

2nd

1.947

1.573

2.238

2.162

3rd

1.379

1.000

1.535

1.421

4th

1.030

.0688

1.171

1.000

5th

0.767

-

1.085

.0686

6th

-

-

0.790

-

Reverse

3.363

2.214

3.456

3.117

Final Drive Ratio

4.312

4.212

3.777/3.238 *1

 

3.325

SUSPENSION

GS

GT

Front

Independent MacPherson strut with offset coil springs

Front Stabilizer Bar (mm)

22

Rear

Low mount-link

Rear Stabilizer Bar (mm)

20

21

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

GS

GT

Wheelbase (in/mm)

101.4/2575

Length (in/mm)

179.7/4565

Width (in/mm)

72.2/1835

Height (in/mm)

(with 18 inch tires)

54.4/1381

(54.7/1389)

Track, Front  (in/mm)

61.8/1570

Track, Rear (in/mm)

61.8/1570

Min. Ground Clearance (in/mm)

(with 18 inch tires)

5.8/148

(6.1/156)

         

 

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

GS

GT

Interior Volume  (cu ft)

 

81.83

Passenger Volume (cu ft)

 

76.1

Cargo Area Max. Capacity (cu ft)

5.2

Maximum Seating Capacity (cu ft)

4

PASSENGER SPACE

Front

Rear

Head Room (in/mm)

39.6/1007

35.7/906

Shoulder Room (in/mm)

54.2/1377

40.0/1015

Hip Room (in/mm)

53.7/1363

40.3/1024

Leg Room (in/mm)

42.8/1088

27.7/704

WEIGHTS

GS

GT

GVWR (lbs/kg)

4266/1935

4464/2025

Curb Weight Manual  (lbs/kg)

(with package option)

3472/1575

(3476/1577)

3505/1590

(3509/1592)

3671/1665

(3693/1675)

3737/1695

(3759/1705)

Curb Weight Distribution

58/42

60/40

59/41

STEERING

GS

GT

Type

Rack-and-pinion, power assisted

Ratio

17.1

Turning Circle-Curb to Curb (ft/m)

40.0/12.2

Turns Lock to Lock

2.64

BRAKES

GS

GT

Front Brake Type

16-Inch Ventilated Disc

Front Brake Diameter (in/mm)

11.6/294

Rear Brake Type

14-Inch Solid Disc

15-Inch Ventilated Disc

Rear Disc Diameter (in/mm)

10.3/262

11.2/284

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

4-Sensor, 4-Channel with EBD

Total Swept Area Front (sq in/sq cm)

229.7

Total Swept Area Rear  (sq in/sq cm)

152.0

162.1

Total Swept Area (sq in/sq cm)

381.7

391.8

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

GS

GT

Battery

GR86-90/525

GR24-115/550

Alternator, Amps

110A

FUEL CAPACITY

GS

GT

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal/l)

17.7/67

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

GS

            GT       

City/Highway (mpg)

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

WARRANTIES

GS

GT

Basic

5 years or 60,000 miles

Powertrain

10 years or 100,000 miles

Anti-corrosion

7 years or 100,000 miles

                   

 

 

 

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