By James Bergeron

Day 1:

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
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Well, better late then never, as they say. This week I get to cruise around in the 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT-P. Although the weather has turned a little on the nippy side here in Ottawa, I’m sure I’ll manage to enjoy some top down driving throughout the week.

When the Eclipse Spyder was revealed in Detroit last January, I was there front and centre. I remember the flurry of photographers and the comments from the crowd. Mitsubishi took its coupe’s design and improved upon it – at least for the Spyder, in my opinion, and in the opinion of many others at the show. This car was built to prove Mitsubishi is back and here to create excitement about the brand.

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
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With a starting price of $31,998.00, the Eclipse Spyder comes standard with a 5-speed manual tranmission mated to a 2.4L SOHC inline 4 cylinder engine producing 162hp. Also included is a 650 Watt Rockford Fosgate stereo system, air conditioning, heated seats, cruise control and 17″ alloy wheels. In other words, the Spyder comes fairly loaded in base (GS), form.

My tester ups the ante by moving up to the GT-P version, which increases engine size to a 3.8L V6 producing 260hp and 258lb-ft of torque. The 5-speed transmission becomes a 6-speed manual, the 17″ wheels are bumped up to 18″, and the interior is lined with leather front to back.

I’m praying for some sun and warmth this week to allow me to get the full experience this car has to offer. Lucky for me I had the opportunity last evening to cruise around top down in the mild late summer air.

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT-P
MSRP as tested: $38,093.00

For more information on Mitsubishi and the Eclipse visit Mitsubishi Motors Canada

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