Since 1989, Mitsubishi's Eclipse has been the favorite of young car-buyers and tuners alike. The Fast and the Furious trilogy didn't hurt either. Mitsubishi has given up a glimpse of the next generation Eclipse, which will be officially introduced at the North American International Auto Show in January. I wonder if the new style will be as popular?
The new design will feature a 2.2 liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel, hearkening back to the roots of the Eclipse. This powerplant will also make it one of the few diesel-powered sports cars available to the American side of the ocean. According to Mitsubishi, the 2.2 will make just over 200 horsepower. Power will be delivered to all 4 corners through a twin-clutch paddle-shift manual transmission. Most likely a close relative of the one found in the Nissan GT-R.
The new design also incorporates quite a few goodies from big brother Lancer EVO X. Some of which are 4-wheel vented disk brakes, anti-lock of course, and an active stability control system. The computer will also be designed to process data input from the steering and suspension systems to more precisely control torque and horsepower delivery. In addition, it will assist in keeping the car stable on the road and during cornering.
This will be the 6th generation of the Eclipse and hopefully one of the most popular. The Mitsubishi Design Team did a large amount of research to build this one and it looks promising. A lightweight body and a stout little engine should put this car ahead of the pack.
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