2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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November 15, 2007 -- CYPRESS, Calif. -- The new-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe combines thrilling design and performance with outstanding value to offer the sport coupe customer an attainable exotic. New for 2008, limited-production Special Edition models will be available with either the V-6 or 4-cylinder engine. The SE models combine an exclusive aerodynamic body package, a unique exterior graphic treatment and interior enhancements.

2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT

The Eclipse GT gains standard 18-inch alloy wheels for 2008, and the SE V-6 includes Active Stability Control (ASC). SIRIUS® Satellite Radio is now added with the available Rockford-Fosgate® Premium Audio system, including a 6-month pre-paid subscription. All models for 2008 gain a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Eclipse is offered as the GS and the high-performance 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 3.8-liter V-6 produces 263 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of peak torque and is teamed with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or optional 5-speed automatic. Both engines employ Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) to help optimize efficiency and power across a broad engine speed range.

Both Eclipse automatic transmissions feature Sportronic™ shifters to allow manual gearshift control.

A rigid platform enables the 4-wheel independent suspension to give the Eclipse sporty road manners and a compliant, comfortable ride. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all models, with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), plus larger, ventilated rear discs on the GT.

Eclipse combines exotic-looking interior design with comfort and safety, including standard advanced dual-stage front air bags, seat-mounted side air bags and front seat curtain side air bags. Eclipse's high-back front bucket seats feature integrated, open head restraints for a sporty look and enhanced rear visibility. The 50:50 split-folding rear seatbacks provide cargo versatility.

The available 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio system combines AM/FM/CD/MP3 playback capability, PUNCH® control, a six-disc, in-dash CD changer and a 10-in. subwoofer. It is one of the most powerful factory-installed mobile audio systems available and plays all types of music with stunning clarity and impact.

Key Specifications
Wheelbase: 101.4 in.
Length: 179.7 in.
Height: 53.5 in. (53.8 in. with 18-in. wheels)
Width: 72.2 in.
Curb weight: GS, 5-speed manual - 3,274 lbs. / GT, 6-speed manual - 3,483 lbs.

Major Standard Features

* 140-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 playback capability and six speakers
* 17-in. alloy wheels (GS)
* 50:50 split fold-down rear seat backs
* Air conditioning
* Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors
* Front seat mounted side-impact air bags
* Front seat side curtain air bags
* Anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
* Cruise control
* Engine immobilizer anti-theft system
* Fog lamps
* Keyless entry
* Power windows, locks and mirrors
* Tilt steering wheel
* Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Eclipse GT adds:

* 263-hp 3.8-liter V-6 engine and 6-speed manual transmission
* 18-in. alloy wheels with 235/45 R18 tires
* Center display with outside temperature and compass
* Electronic traction control
* Larger ventilated rear disc brakes

Optional Sun and Sound Package (GS and GT):

* 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio, including 6-month pre-paid subscription
* Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
* Center display with outside temperature and compass (standard on GT)
* Glovebox with damper
* Illuminated ignition key cylinder
* Power glass sun roof
* Steering wheel audio controls
* Rear cargo shelf
* Rear window wiper
* Windshield shade band

Optional GT Premium Sport Package (GT Only):

* 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio, including 6-month pre-paid subscription
* Aluminum pedals
* Aluminum scuff plates
* Automatic climate control system
* Auto-dimming rear view mirror
* Heated front seats
* Heated mirrors
* Leather front seating surfaces
* Power drivers seat
* Power glass sun roof
* Steering wheel audio controls
* Sword Silver lipless 18-in. alloy wheels

SE Models:

* 18" wheels, Sword Silver finish
* Active Stability Control (V-6 version only)
* Aluminum scuff plate
* Front chin spoiler
* Graphics package
* Large rear wing
* Leather seating
* Unique interior color combination

More photos: 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT Photo Gallery

Source: Mitsubishi

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