The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder promises an enjoyable driving experience. It offers several standard and new features which can attract buyers looking for a comfortable vehicle without spending too much.
The ‘08 Eclipse Spyder is a convertible version of the Eclipse coup with two trim levels namely the GS and GT. The GS model is packed with 17-inch alloy wheels, a power convertible cloth top with a glass rear window and defroster, air-conditioning, impressive accessories, keyless entry and cruise control. Other standard equipment include a premium Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers, a subwoofer, an in-dash six-CD changer with MP3 compatibility, and speed-compensating volume. On the other hand, the GT trim adds 18-inch wheels, a sportier suspension tune and a dash-mounted compass and exterior temperature display. Both the GS and GT have leather-trimmed and heated front seats and heated mirrors. However, a wind deflector, automatic climate control, and a power driver seat are only offered in the GT trim.
The interior designs of the Eclipse Spyder feature easy-to-use controls, quality materials, and two-tone color schemes. It is also equipped with a three-layer convertible cloth top which can go up and down in 19 seconds only.
When it comes to engines, the GS model is powered by a four-cylinder engine that displaces 2.4 liters and gives off 162 horsepower and cranking out 162 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, its GT counterpart is equipped with a 3.8-liter V6 engine generating 260 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The GS comes with either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic while the GT comes with a six-speed manual or buyers may also opt for a five-speed Sportronic automatic. The V6 has 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway rating for 2008. while the four-cylinder has a 19/26 estimate.
Safety features for this vehicle include antilock disc brakes and front-seat side airbags with head and torso coverage in addition to other safety equipment required by the government. GT models add traction control and bigger rear disc brakes. The Eclipse Spyder earned a “Good” rating in both frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is ideal for long drives with its front-drive convertible and manual transmission. In addition, it delivers quality performance despite its relatively heavy weight, making it an excellent choice over other vehicles of its kind.