What it is
Two trim levels are available, GS and GT. The GS is equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted radio controls, antilock disc brakes, and front-side airbags. Moving up to the Eclipse Spyder GT buys a 3.8-liter V6 mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, traction control, an exterior temperature gauge, and a compass. Both models feature a standard 650-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system, and options like heated leather seats. Meaty 18-inch alloys wearing 235/45 tires are limited to the sportier GT.
Why it matters
This turnaround is a result of Mitsubishi’s overhaul of its financial practices, a steady stream of updated or new products, and a rise in perceived value, due in at least some small part to the drastic cut in fleet sales. To keep the company moving in the right direction, new or redesigned products like the Eclipse Spyder need to offer buyers stylish and engaging vehicles that are packed with value.
What’s under the hood
GT models get a 3.8-liter, 24-valve, single overhead cam V6 that’s good for 260 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm, though premium fuel is recommended. A six-speed manual tranny is standard, but a five-speed Sportronic automatic is available to those not fond of a clutch pedal. Mitsubishi reports an unexceptional 0-60 mph time of about seven seconds for the Eclipse Spyder GT.
GS models can be outfitted with a Deluxe Leather Package that includes heated leather seats up front, heated mirrors, an exterior temperature gauge, and a compass. The 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT may be upgraded with a Premium Package, which adds to the Deluxe Leather Package alloy pedals, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a wind deflector.
What it looks like
What Mitsubishi says
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When you can buy it
Engine Horsepower: 162 hp at 6,000 rpm; 260 hp at 5,750 rpm
Engine Torque: 162 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm; 258 lb.-ft. at 4,800 rpm
Transmission: Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic (GS); Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic (GT)
Curb Weight, lbs.: 3,472 (GS); 3,671 (GT)
Length: 179.7 inches
Width: 72.2 inches
Wheelbase: 101.4 inches
Height: 54.4 inches
Legroom (first/second rows): 39.6/35.7 inches
Headroom (first/second rows): 42.8/27.7 inches
Max. Seating Capacity: 4
Max. Cargo Volume: 5.2 cubic ft.
Time to lower top: 19 seconds
Photos courtesy of Mitsubishi