The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is the "attainable exotic" that combines exciting design and performance with a high-tech convertible top and excellent value.
For 2009, Mitsubishi restyled the Spyder's front and rear bumper fascias, and the GT model also gets three significant upgrades for 2009: a new dual exhaust system yields a more powerful sound while also boosting horsepower to 265 (up from 260); standard high intensity discharge (HID) head lamps sharpen front styling and aid nighttime visibility, and standard Active Stability Control (ASC) enhances driving safety. New interior cloth fabrics give all models a richer interior feel and appearance. The optional Deluxe Leather package for the GS model now includes aluminum pedals.
Eclipse is offered as the 4-cylinder GS and the V-6 GT. The GS model's 162-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is teamed with a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic. The GT's 265 hp 3.8-liter V-6 produces 262 lb.-ft. of peak torque and is teamed with a 6-speed manual transmission or optional 5-speed automatic. In both engines, Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) helps to optimize efficiency and power across a broad engine speed range. Automatic transmissions feature Sportronicâ„¢ shifters to allow manual gearshift control.
A rigid platform and 4-wheel independent suspension give the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder sporty road manners and a compliant ride. The GT features standard 18-inch alloy wheels. All models are equipped with four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD); the GT features larger, ventilated rear discs.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder's automatic cloth top folds out of sight under a flush-fitting powered tonneau cover in about 19 seconds. Multi-layer top construction provides a full headliner for the quiet, snug interior feeling of a coupe when it is raised. The glass rear widow has a defroster.
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 steering wheel features audio system remote controls.
All Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder models feature a standard 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 playback capability, including a 6-disc, in-dash CD changer and SIRIUSÂ® Satellite Radio with a 6-month pre-paid service subscription. The system is specifically engineered for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and provides automatic sound equalization for top-up or top-down driving. An 8-in. subwoofer integrated into the rear seat area provides deep bass sound as well as a unique design element.
Wheelbase: 101.4 in.