2002 Eclipse New Car Test Drive
If you don't recognize at a glance what makes the 2001 Eclipse Spyder attractive, then no words will suffice to explain it. Typical of current Mitsubishi products, this car's styling is bold, extremely individualized and, to our eye, simply smashing.
Without apology, it borrows from the forceful stylistic themes of the Ferrari 355 Spyder supercar. And in GT form, it backs this up with a superbly smooth and powerful V6 engine that can set the pace both at the green light and on the Interstate. Best of all, it does all this for thousands of dollars less than its swank, top-down good looks might suggest.
Mitsubishi's 2001 Eclipse Spyder is available in two basic variants: the four-cylinder GS and the V6-powered GT. The base GS can be had for $23,347 and can be nicely equipped for just under $25,000.
However, starting at $25,237, the GT's exemplary 200-horsepower 24-valve V6 utterly transforms this convertible to a profoundly exciting open sports car. Don't under any circumstances buy the GS before driving the GT. You owe it to yourself.