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Mitsubishi Eclipse


Mitsubishi’s experience sports cars starts in the 1980s with the development and of the Mitsubishi Starion. Up until point, Mistubishi Motors had smaller keicars for the Japanese and marketsalthough many were as American makes (such as the Colt ). The Starion, similarly as the Chrysler Conquest, offered and features on-par with cars offered by Japanese with more experience in motoring. The Starion’s main were among the largest of the sports cars: the MkII Supra and the Nissan 300ZX .

the Starion production run (1983-1989) had no other true sports for the US market. At the same time in 1986), Chrysler was discontinuing Laser sports coupea Dodge Daytona .

Mitsubishi and Chrysler founded a new production Diamond Star Motors in October of 1985. The DSM plant was in Normal, Illinois and eventually cars bound primarily for the US The first cars to roll off the at this facility were the Eclipse, Eagle Talon, and Laser.


The Eclipse has undergone distinct generations: the first two (1G and 2G) are related and share many whereas the third (3G) is on a new platform and most parts are with 1G and 2G Eclipses. The fourth (4G) Eclipse is still in and is not yet available.

19901994 (1G) Eclipse, Eagle Talon, and Laser


The first Mitsubishi Eclipse was sold as an to mid-level four-cylinder sports Four trim levels available: the bottom three FWD and the very top was AWD. The top FWD and the AWD model equipped with turbocharged

Although the car underwent minor throughout its production, 1993-and-later have updated sheetmetal and are distunguishable from previous The Eclipse was revised into a new for 1995 (described below in the 2G

Trim levels

The Eclipse was in four trim levels its first-generation production run. AWD were not available until through the first model

Eclipse . Base FWD model with a 92hp naturally-aspirated 1.8 L 8-valve SOHC 4G37

Eclipse GS . Upgraded FWD model with a 135hp naturally-aspirated 2.0 L DOHC 4G63 engine

GS-T . Top FWD model equipped a 180-195hp* turbocharged 2.0 L 16-valve 4G63 engine

Eclipse GSX . AWD equipped with a 180-195hp* 2.0 L 16-valve DOHC 4G63

* 1990 manual transmission models were rated at whereas 1991 and later transmission turbo models rated for 195hp. Turbo with automatic transmissions equipped with smaller and fuel injectors, and were for 180hp for all years.

These varied significantly in drivetrains, options, andto an extentappeareance. The GSX, for example, was sold different plastic body than the base Eclipse.


The basic driveline of the Eclipse is a transverse -mounted Mitsubishi 4G37 or 4G63 situated on the left-hand side of the car an automatic or manual transmission on the side. AWD models have a transmission which includes a center differential and output for a transfer case, which the rear differential (also as limited-slip) and halfshafts.

The 4G37 and 4G63 engines are inline 4-cylinder gasoline The 4G63 is composed of an iron block and aluminum cylinder and is equipped with balance for smooth operation. The turbocharged of the 4G63 (sometimes referred to as the is equipped with a lower ratio (8.0 vs.

9.0 in the naturally version) and oil squirters under the in order to better cope the stress and extra heat by forced induction.

The Eclipse was on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best for 1989 through 1992.

(2G) Mitsubish Eclipse, Eagle Talon


The generation car maintained the market of the 1G car, but had a major update in and had different engines between levels. New to the line was a convertible the Spyder.

The turbocharged motor was a powerful version of the previous one vs 195hp). The non-turbo motor was a of the Chrysler Neon engine. by Chrysler and delivered to and installed at the Motor Manufacturing of America, Inc Diamond Star Motors ) in Normal, Il.

The Talon was dropped in 1998.


The Eclipse was available in trim levels: Base, RS, GS, GS GS-T, GS-T Spyder, and

The models had different trim

Base – No tachometer, antenna, no driving lights, 14 wheels with covers

RS Tachometer, 14 alloy wheels

GS / GS – Power antenna, lights, cruise control, coloured door handles, 16 wheels, lower body spoiler, rear windshield (except Spyder)

Mitsubishi Eclipse

GS-T / Spyder – 16 ‘swirly’ larger spoiler

GSX – 17 larger spoiler

There was a of the style for the 97 model year. The grille opening was made ‘classic’ and more ‘agressive’ regards to the radiator opening. The reshaped headlights aquired areas internally. The driving became smaller and round.

The bumper cap was altered and had the reverse moved away from original central position, to reduce the ‘ponderous-ness’ or the rear of the car.

The Talon was available in trim levels, Base, TSi and TSi AWD.

Talon Base . to Eclipse Base

Talon ESi . Equivalent to Eclipse RS GS

TSi . Equivalent to Eclipse GS-T

TSi AWD . Equivalent to Eclipse GSX

There similar alterations to the styling of the as there was for the Eclipse.

There was a version of the 2G Eclipse sold in European countries. It used a Mitsubishi 4G63 motor, to what was available in the 1G.


The driveline layout of the Eclipse is a -mounted 4-cylinder Chrysler Mitsubishi 4G64 or 4G63 The Mitsubishi motors are mounted in the orientation as for the 1G cars. The 420A-powered had the engine mounted on the right of the car, and further back in the

AWD models had a similar transmission to the 1G

All motors are inline 4-cylinder engines. All have iron with aluminum cylinder The 4G63 /4G64 motors the balance shafts for smoother while the 420A does not use

The turbo motors had an increase in ratio to 8.5:1 (from

The AWD turbo versions came a brake upgrade to dual calipers and thicker rotors. ABS was not on the non-turbo models.

20002005 (3G) Mitsubishi

3rd generation: The Eclipse underwent a into its current generation in The 4G63 was replaced by the less and less durable 4G64 in versions and a V6 6G72 in others. The AWD available in prior versions was ostensibly due to high cost and sales. This time, the version is the Chrysler Sebring and the Dodge version is the Dodge SE/RT coupe .

2006? Mitsubishi Eclipse

4th generation: of the fourth generation Eclipse revealed during late and 2004, and the car was shown at the 2005 Auto Show. Features of the new include a 260 hp (193.9 kW) 3.8 L V6 and a 165 hp (123 kW) 2.4 L I4. derived from the 2004+ Galant family, with the Eclipse shares many components. Like the 2004 the new Eclipse will be FWD only.

The V6 produce 260 hp and 260 ft.lbf.

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