Mitsubishi Eclipse GT Review

Posted on 20. Jun, 2005 by in Auto News

It's been a while since I've driven a car death. My mind casts back to the tail-happy 911 is, centrifugal Corvettes, terrifying TVR and burning Ferraris. These days, very few automakers build cars that tempt you in earnest, then explode, fall apart, turn around and / or throw in a solid object. I think I have enough motorized chaos survived a death machine to know if I have a Ford GT. So I was a little surprised when I turned in a four-way intersection, pressed the gas and almost drove the new Mitsubishi Eclipse GT in a parked car.

To control torque. It is the wind squirrelly feeling that tells you that a front-wheel drive cars are driven wheels desperately scrabbling for grip. The Mitsubishi Eclipse GT is a driving influence figurehead. Feed The Eclipse 263hp engine some great speed and course corrections are immediately out of the question and that is with traction control. Anything you can do is look away on the steering wheel out of the gas and wait for the tires enough asphalt you access back to normal programming.

Losing Eclipse tendency to traction at the front end is not quite as bad as aquaplaning, but only because it does not take so long. And it's true: you can avoid the problem by babying the accelerator. But here's the problem: can not resist an enthusiast, the Eclipse GT go pedal a proper pasting as they can avoid scrolling sleazy car mags at drugstores.

Equipped with "Mitsubishi Innovative Variable timing and lift Electronic Control" (MIVEC), pours the Eclipse 3.8-liter V6 engine in the power from the basement to the penthouse. At the same time, the coffee-can exhausts zizz GT sends an intermediate level, which hardens in a particular whining as you give MIVEC ian hyperspace. The Eclipse GT six has so much tonal character that you blip the throttle for the hell of it to lower the window before entering tunnels and hold gear change just because you can.

You see my problem? The Eclipse engine constantly asks for a damn good spanking. It gets worse. The floor revving GT in second gear or third. Re-torque the wheel back. At this point, you're going at least 50 mph, which is more than fast enough to the sudden loss of directional stability to make a life-threatening experience. If you happen to be at the time cornering, it trimmed worse. The Eclipse GT has both an incurable addiction understeer and a weight problem. When this sucker starts a nose first film in the direction of the country, well, it will take a while rudder control you is to record. Did I mention that the GT feels a little shy on the highway speeds?

In short, the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT is the kind of car would Prince Charles bought his ex-wife if she survived her Paris jaunt that fateful morning in August.

Mind you, the Eclipse would be a much more stylish way to go as Dodi S-Class sedan. Mitsubishi swoopy coupe is a glorious jumble of design elements: a hint of Nissan 350Z, a hint of Lexus SC430, a pinch of Audi TT, a throwback to Pontiac Grand Am. All together, and what do you have? God knows, but it's not boring. Adorned the Eclipse GT angry Funky shape with wikkid details of a windshield as much inclined it could almost double as a coffee table, a drilled aluminum filler cap (Audi again). Clock, wasp waist, bodacious ass, bubbles bows and jewel-effect lenses. This Mitsubishi guys are sick.

The Eclipse interior is also a stylish step of generic Japanese. Small details entrance: baseball glove stitching on shift knob, body-hugging sports seats, attracts sculpted metal door. The GT optional nine-speaker, 650-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo complete with trunk-mounted 10 "subwoofer you will learn everything you need to know about Mitsubishi adjust capacity in the youth market. Now someone will please tell automakers that a digital display does not need to see a digital clock?

And if you're at it, who is going to convince them Mitsubishi, the Eclipse GT-wheel-drive? The company steadfastly maintained that the market does not want. They report that only 3% of consumers who bought the last generation Eclipse signed-up for power at all four corners. And? We need to raise the thorny issue of mortality, and the like actions? Or should we keep with the carrot, and point out that the GT? Only a viscous coupling of size

I'm serious. If Mitsubishi Eclipse could tame the torque steer, the car fresh design, engine cracks, silken six-speed transmission, robust chassis, excellent brakes and completely reasonable sticker price, it would be one of the best sports coupes of our time. As it is, the Eclipse scares me to death.