A premium GT edition, featuring a more powerful engine capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in about seven seconds, begins at $28,269. All-new Spyders will arrive in dealerships this week. "Our dealers are excited to receive the new Eclipse Spyder," said Dan Kuhnert, MMNA vice president of sales. "With premium features at an affordable price, this vehicle should compete well in the convertible market."
Based on the fourth-generation Eclipse coupe introduced in spring 2005, the new Eclipse Spyder features a high-tech cloth convertible top that folds completely out of sight under a flush-fitting powered tonneau cover in about 19 seconds, and a standard 650-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio system specifically engineered for the Eclipse Spyder that provides unique automatic sound equalization for top-up or top-down driving. The vehicle’s styling is designed to appeal to convertible and sports car enthusiasts of all ages with sleek, taut, muscular lines and engaging details such as bright finish LED tail lamps and monocle-lens head lamps.
The 2007 Eclipse Spyder is the third in a series of six new Mitsubishi vehicles to be introduced in less than three years. The first of these was the 2006 Eclipse coupe introduced in June 2005, followed by the all-new mid-size Raider pickup truck. Upcoming all-new models include a second- generation Outlander SUV, the Lancer sedan and the tenth version of the legendary Lancer Evolution. Like the Eclipse coupe, the Eclipse Spyder is offered in two trim levels, a well-equipped GS model and a GT which challenges more expensive sports models. The 2007 Eclipse Spyder GS edition starts at $25,389, manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), and features a 162-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
The Eclipse Spyder GT, with a 260-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, begins at $28,269 MSRP. Both the four-cylinder and V6 engines feature the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC) to help optimize engine efficiency and power across a broad engine speed range. An optional Sportronic(R) automatic transmission, four-speed for the GS and five-speed for the GT, is available for an additional $900.
Both the GS and GT models offer a long list of standard equipment including 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, air conditioning, advanced dual-stage front air bags and seat-mounted side air bags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), cruise control, engine immobilizer, keyless entry and power windows, locks and mirrors. The Eclipse Spyder GT adds standard electronic traction control and an outside temperature and compass display to the GS-level equipment. An optional Leather Package is available on the Eclipse Spyder GS for $980 MSRP that combines leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and heated exterior mirrors with the outside temperature and compass displays that are standard on the GT.
The GT Premium Sport Package at a $1,730 MSRP equips the GT model with 18-inch alloy wheels and 235/45 R18 tires, a six-way power driver’s seat, leather seating surfaces, aluminum pedals, automatic climate control system, heated front seats and heated exterior mirrors. An accessory package is available for each model that includes an alloy fuel door, wheel locks and two sport floor mats for $179 MSRP. A five-piece aero kit is available for $1,820.