2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder At-A-Glance - VIDEO ENHANCED

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2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
February 4, 2008 -- CYPRESS, Calif. -- 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 Sportronic™ shifters to allow manual gearshift control.

A rigid platform and 4-wheel independent suspension give the 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 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 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 SIRIUSŪ Satellite Radio with a 6-month pre-paid service subscription. The system is specifically engineered for the 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.

Key Specifications
Wheelbase: 101.4 in.
Length: 180.4 in.
Height: 54.4 in. (54.7 in., 18-in. wheels)
Width: 72.2 in.
Curb weight: GS, 5-speed manual - 3,477 lbs. / GT, 6-speed manual - 3,754 lbs.

Major Standard Features

  • 17-in. alloy wheels (GS)
  • 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio system, including SIRIUS Satellite Radio
  • Air conditioning
  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Cruise control
  • Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors
  • Front seat mounted side-impact air bags
  • Engine immobilizer anti-theft system
  • Fog lamps
  • Keyless entry
  • Power cloth soft top with powered tonneau cover
  • Power windows, locks and mirrors
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Eclipse Spyder GT adds:

  • 265-hp 3.8-liter V-6 engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • 18-in. alloy wheels with 235/45 R18 tires
  • Active Stability Control
  • Center display with outside temperature and compass
  • Dual exhaust system
  • Electronic traction control
  • High-intensity discharge (HID) head lamps
  • Larger ventilated rear disc brakes

Optional Deluxe Leather Package (GS only):

  • Aluminum pedals
  • Center display with outside temperature and compass
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather seating surfaces

Optional Premium Sport Package (GT only):

  • Aluminum pedals
  • Aluminum scuff plates
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Six-way power driver's seat
  • Machine finish 18-in. alloy wheels
  • Wind deflector (removable)

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