2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Overview
Mitsubishi is retiring the Eclipse after 2012, and the Spyder is going out in style with three trim levels that embrace a racing inspired design and celebrate driving with the top down.
The Special Edition (SE) of the Eclipse Spyder is new to 2012, and is similar to the GS Sport with some minor cosmetic differences.
The GS Sport and SE have a 162-horsepower, 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine, and a four-speed automatic transmission, while the GT comes with a 265-horsepower, 3.8-liter, V-6 engine, and a five-speed automatic transmission. The Sportronic automatic transmission allows the driver to switch to simulated-manual gear changes, and the onboard computer learns driving habits and adapts shift control to enhance overall performance.
The GS Sport and SE four-cylinder engines get 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, while the more powerful GT V-6 engine gets 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, slightly better than the Ford Mustang convertible and Chevrolet Camero.
The racing inspired design of the Eclipse Spyder features a scooped air intake and dual exhaust. The power folding convertible cloth top with glass back window disappears into a trunk compartment in 19 seconds, enhancing the smooth, clean lines whether is up or down. Sleek, sporty headlamps and taillights complete the look, and the GS and GT models feature 18-inch alloy wheels, while the SE sports 18-inch alloy wheels with a dark finish.
The comfortable wave-form cockpit interior expands on the racing inspired design, and features standard leather-trimmed, heated bucket seats on all trim levels. The 650-watt stereo system with six-CD changer and MP3 playback includes a Sirius Satellite Radio with a three-month subscription, and Bluetooth hands-free calling also come standard on all trim levels. The GT features automatic climate control, which is not available on the GS Sport and SE, and has a standard removable windscreen (optional for the GS Sport and SE trims).
All safety features come standard and include dual advanced front airbags with seat positions and occupant sensors, and front seat-mounted head/thorax airbags, a rear-view backup camera with rear-view mirror-mounted display, and an anti-theft alarm system with remote keyless entry. Four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, active stability control, and a tire pressure monitoring system enhance driving safety.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder packs lots of standard features in a sporty, race-inspired convertible that is sure to promise a fun ride.