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Press Release) 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder: Sensibly-Priced
Top-Down Luxury Sports Car
A stylish and sleek-looking vehicle whether its top is up or down,
even the most rabid sufferer of arachnophobia will love the 2012
Eclipse Spyder mid-size convertible luxury sports car, a
sharp-looking soft-top convertible that comes loaded with a
bountiful array of luxurious high-end features at no additional cost
to the consumer. What's more, countless drivers will blush as they
enjoy the luxuries of this open-top grand touring roadster at a
fraction of the cost of its competitors. And with a starting MSRP of
only $27,999, you can bet that savvy car shoppers will look forward
to getting tangled in this Spyder's web.
Configured with a convenient 2+2 seating arrangement, the Eclipse
Spyder comes in three different editions for the 2012 model year.
The amply-equipped entry-level GS Sport (starting MSRP $27,999), the
distinctively styled SE special edition (starting MSRP $28,299) and
the full-tilt GT (starting MSRP $32,599) version that possesses a
stirring V-6 engine beneath its hood.
The Eclipse Spyder GS
Sport and SE vehicles are powered by a refined dynamo of a
drivetrain - a 162 horsepower 2.4-liter SOHC 4-cylinder engine that
makes use of the Japanese auto manufacturer's elaborate Mitsubishi
Intelligent Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable
valve-timing system that helps elevate both the power output and
fuel economy while simultaneously reducing harmful exhaust
emissions. This engine features a fortified cast-iron engine block,
a bore and stroke measuring 3.43 x 3.94 inches, and a lofty
compression ratio of 9.5:1 that help it to produce a full 162
lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. Despite all of this horsepower and
torque, the Eclipse Spyder still manages to achieve exceptional fuel
mileage within the EPA-rated fuel consumption of 20 mpg city/ 27 mpg
highway. What's more, this engine achieves this level of power
production and fuel efficiency on regular unleaded gasoline - a
helpful design feature that can help the car's owner to save more
money at the gas pump. This engine delivers its power to the
vehicle's front wheels through a slick 4-speed Sportronic® automatic
For the enthusiast driver that demands even more potency and speed,
the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT is the obvious choice as it
offers a substantially higher 40% more power output than the
previously mentioned 4-cylinder powerplant in the form of a souped-up
265 horsepower 3.8-liter SOHC 24-valve V-6 engine that, just like
that of its GS Sport and SE siblings, that includes Mitsubishi's
impressive MIVEC variable valve-timing system. Key design elements
of this V-6 engine include a peek torque figure of 262 lb.-ft. at
4,500 rpm, a bore and stroke of 3.74 x 3.54 inches, a compression
ratio of 10.5:1, with the engine's redline occurring at 6,500 rpm.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT gets an EPA-rated 16 mpg
city/24 mpg out on the highway on premium gasoline, which is
recommended to maximize performance.
The GT sees an additional gear added to its performance-oriented
5-speed Sportronic® automatic transmission. Mitsubishi's Sportronic®
design technology allows the driver the option for quick gear shifts
with a slight tap of the smart INVECS-II adaptive shift control.
This system is so sophisticated that it learns and adapts to the
habits of the driver.
Precision Chassis Tuned
Specifically for Top-Down Touring
Mitsubishi's design and
engineering ingenuity shine through in the company's sole
convertible top entry.
The Spyder is built off of Eclipse coupe chassis, but numerous
additional structural reinforcements have been integrated into its
chassis to create rock-solid platform with an incomparable degree of
structural integrity whether the vehicle's top is up or down.
With the top up, the vehicle's occupants are treated to an
exceptionally quiet cabin, thanks to the thick high-quality
multi-layer cloth top with an interior headliner that closely mimics
that found in its twin sibling, the Eclipse coupe. This soft top is
fitted with a glass rear window that includes a built-in defroster.
The power convertible top folds and fully retracts beneath a
protective hard-shell tonneau cover in a scant 19 seconds. The
top-of-the-line Eclipse Spyder GT also includes a removable
windscreen deflector that helps to reduce wind buffeting and reduce
wind noise for even the more enjoyable top-down driving experience.
Luxury Features Galore
As if cruising around in
comfort in an affordably-priced convertible sports car with
head-turning styling were not enough, Mitsubishi has infused the
2012 Eclipse Spyder with any number of thoughtful high-end amenities
at no additional cost.
Let your hair blow in the wind and crank up the tunes with the
beautifully resonating 650-watt (max) Rockford-Fosgate® 6 CD/MP3
audio system with 9-speakers and a three-month pre-paid subscription
to SIRIUS® Satellite Radio. Keep your hands on the steering wheel
and chat away with the Bluetooth® hands-free phone system. Cut
through the darkness thanks to High-Intensity Discharge (HID)
See what is going on behind the vehicle more clearly with the rear
view back-up camera. Enjoy top-down touring even on cool mornings or
chilly evenings, thanks to the warmth and comfort provided with
heated leather front seating surfaces.
Other included features on the 2012 Eclipse Spyder are a 6-way
power-adjustable driver's sport bucket seat; power windows, door
locks and heated side mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control;
aluminum sports pedals and ice-blue LED illumination of instrument
Standard exterior features include integrated clear and chrome rear
spoiler; dual exhaust outlet with polished tips; clear chrome LED
tail lamps and large 18-inch 10-spoke machine finished alloy wheels
that hug the road for maximum traction.
The 2012 Eclipse Spyder gives you six different colors to choose
from: Northstar White, Quick Silver, Sunset Pearlescent, Rave Red,
Carbon Grey and Kalapana Black.
Exceeding Expectations: Eclipse
Spyder SE and GT
And while this two-door
classic Japanese convertible sports car (manufactured with pride at
Mitsubishi's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in America's
Heartland in Normal, Illinois) will soon fade off into the sunset,
the swan song Eclipse Coupe will depart with a memorable,
aesthetically pleasing final version that captures the sporting
essence of what owning a cool sports car is all about.
The special edition Eclipse Spyder SE comes with all of the
accoutrements on the GS Sport model plus unique 18-inch alloy wheels
with dark argent finish, black side view mirrors and special "SE"
The GT edition gains the aforementioned detachable windscreen
deflector to decrease wind noise and buffeting when driving with the
top down as well as an automatic climate control system.
Piece of Mind
Safety is always at the
forefront when Mitsubishi's engineers and designers develop a
vehicle. That's why the 2012 Eclipse Spyder features a bounty of the
latest safety technologies and amenities to provide piece of mind to
the purchaser of this appealing top-down luxury sports car.
Included on every unit sold is an advanced supplemental restraint
system (front air bags, front-seat-mounted side impact air bags, and
front seat-mounted head/thorax side impact air bags). Front and rear
crumple zones help to protect the vehicle's occupants from impact
forces in the event of a crash. Three point seatbelts, head
restraints, and a seatbelt force limiter system help the seatbelt
and air bags work together seamlessly. Another safety measure are
the front seatbelt pretensioners, which are designed to help tighten
the belts on frontal impact.
Aiding the driver in adverse road conditions is a priority that is
assisted by advanced electronic driver aids including an
anti-locking braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force
Distribution (EBD), Active Stability Control (ASC) and Traction
Control Logic (TCL).
Anti-theft alarm system and engine immobilizer with a keyless entry
system and a remote trunk and panic alarm are standard features on
the 2012 Eclipse Spyder series.
Mitsubishi offers one of the best warranties in the industry with
their 10-year /100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, including
their 5-year, 60,000-mile "bumper-to-bumper" limited warranty and a
7-year, 100,000-mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty.