1995-1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T|
- Blistering performance.
- Sleek styling.
- Tight interior.
- Noticeable turbo lag.
Whereas the first Eclipse was just an economical coupe and the latest third-generation Eclipse is a sporty touring machine, the closest this car came to being a true sports car was in its second-generation turbo form, in the years '95 to '99. This iteration remains popular with tuners, largely due to the fact that it can pull off 15-second quarter-mile times in stock form.
The front-wheel-drive Eclipse GS-T is available in coupe and Spyder convertible form. A higher-trim level version is also available, called the GSX. Both the GS-T and GSX have the same engines and look basically the same, but the heavier four-wheel-drive GSX came only in coupe form. The main engine offered was the 210 hp turbocharged in-line four, but after '96, the 210 hp motor was only offered with a 5-speed manual, while the four-speed automatics got a 205 hp turbo. Pick of the range would be a '99 GS-T coupe, which is 200 lbs lighter than a GSX and will cost you about 15 grand.
The car's reliability track record is impeccable. Just look for examples which have not been abused too much.
Price Range : $8,000-$18,000 Get a FREE used car price quote
Engine : 4-cylinder, turbocharged, DOHC, front engine FWD
Displacement : 1,985/1,997 cc(205 hp/210 hp)
Valve : 16 valves, 4 valves per cylinder
Transmission : 5-spd manual, 4-spd automatic
Fuel economy : city - 23 mpg(manual), 20 mpg(auto)
highway - 31 mpg(manual), 27 mpg(auto)
Horsepower : 210 hp @ 6000 rpm, 205 hp @ 5750 rpm
Torque : 214 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm, 209 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm
0-60 mph : 6.5 sec.(GS-T, manual)
Curb Weight : 2970-3050 lbs(coupe), 3053-3142 lbs(Spyder)
Overall length : 172.4 in.
Wheelbase : 98.8 in.
Overall Width : 68.7 in.
Height : 49.8 in.(coupe), 52.8 in.(Spyder)