2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT

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November 15, 2007 -- CYPRESS, Calif. -- The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is the "attainable exotic" that combines thrilling design and performance with a high-tech convertible top and outstanding value. New for 2008, the Eclipse Spyder GT gains standard 18-inch alloy wheels. SIRIUS® Satellite Radio is now included with the standard Rockford-Fosgate® Premium Audio system, including a 6-month pre-paid subscription.

2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT

All Eclipse models for 2008 gain a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

The Eclipse Spyder is offered in two trim levels: the GS model is powered by a 162-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or optional 4-speed automatic. The Spyder GT's 3.8-liter V-6 produces 260 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque and is teamed with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed automatic. Both the 4-cylinder and V-6 engines feature Mitsubishi MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control) system to help optimize engine efficiency and power across a broad engine speed range. The Eclipse automatic transmissions feature Sportronic™ shifters to allow manual gear shift control.

A rigid platform enables the four-wheel independent suspension to give the Eclipse Spyder both sporty road manners and a compliant, comfortable ride.

The Spyder's automatic cloth top folds completely out of sight under a flush-fitting powered tonneau cover in about 19 seconds. Its advanced multi-layer construction provides a full headliner for the quiet, snug interior feeling of a coupe when it is raised. The glass rear widow features a defroster.

The "attainable exotic" design theme continues inside Eclipse Spyder. 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.

Both Eclipse Spyder models feature as standard a 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 playback capability, including a 6-disc, in-dash CD changer. The system is specifically engineered for the Eclipse Spyder and provides unique automatic sound equalization for top-up or top-down driving. An 8-in. subwoofer is integrated into the rear seat area to provide deep bass sound as well as a design element.

Key Specifications
Wheelbase: 101.4 in.
Length: 179.7 in.
Height: 54.4 in. (54.7 in., 18-in. wheels)
Width: 72.2 in.
Curb weight: GS, 5-speed manual - 3,472 lbs. / GT, 6-speed manual - 3,682 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:

* 18-in. alloy wheels and 235/45 R18 tires
* Center display with outside temperature and compass
* Electronic traction control
* Larger ventilated rear disc brakes.

Optional Deluxe Leather Package (GS only):

* 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
* Sword Silver lipless 18-in. alloy wheels
* Wind deflector (removable)

More photos: 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT Photo Gallery

Source: Mitsubishi

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