2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Drops Its Top for a Worldwide Debut
12 January 20002001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Drops Its Top for a Worldwide Debut
With Attention-Getting 'Geo-Mechanical' Styling, Redesigned Convertible Is the Fun-To-Drive Open Air Vehicle DETROIT, Jan. 11 -- Mitsubishi Motors today held the world debut of the 2001 Eclipse Spyder convertible at the North American International Automobile Show. Maintaining the youthful spirit that makes Eclipse Spyder a top choice for open-air thrillseekers, Mitsubishi Motors showcased improvements new from the ground up to the popular car's performance, engineering and value. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000111/LATU019 ) The all-new Eclipse Spyder features the same "geo-mechanical" design as the 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse sports coupe, which is setting sales records driven by its style, value and everyday livability. Like the coupe, everything has changed except the attitude. Beneath the attention-getting looks are many detail changes from the previous Spyder: -- improved aerodynamics and better passenger protection from wind buffeting; -- more overall refinement including major improvements to structural rigidity that includes a racecar-inspired shock tower brace; and -- a longer wheelbase, wider track, enhanced interior room and more trunk space. Due to arrive in Mitsubishi Motors' dealerships this spring, the 2001 Eclipse Spyder looks and drives like a $40,000 roadster, but beats the competition on price and value. Two equipment levels are offered -- the GS, which features a 2.4-liter SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with 147-horsepower, and the GT, which is powered by a smooth, refined 3.0-liter SOHC 24-valve V6 with 200-horsepower. Both Spyder models are available with a 5-speed manual transmission or Sportronic(TM) 4-speed automatic for "manumatic" shifting. Generous equipment levels include a power convertible cloth top, fully lined with a glass rear window and rear defroster, power windows and door locks, 16-inch alloy wheels and tires (GS), fog lights, air conditioning, cruise control, AM/FM/CD tuner and anti-theft engine immobilizer for security. Upgrades for the Spyder GT include 17-inch alloy wheels and tires, twin-piston front brake calipers, and traction control (with Sportronic transmission only). Options include a leather-trimmed interior, 3-in-1 Mitsubishi Infinity(R) AM/FM/cassette audio system with in-dash, 4-disc CD changer, side air bags and ABS brakes. The interior is a functional melding of natural forms and engineered elements, such as a radio/time readout on the upper central instrument panel that provides easy visibility while keeping both eyes on the road. Mitsubishi Motors' new Eclipse Spyder is a smarter, more substantial and sophisticated car that's still hot looking and streetwise -- with the extra rush you get driving with the top down. Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc. was established in 1982 by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Tokyo, and markets a full line of vehicles, including coupes, convertibles, sedans and sport utility vehicles. Their website is located at mitsubishicars.com.