2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT

Beleaguered Japanese automaker Mitsubishi sure isnít acting like a company in trouble. In fact, to the delight of auto enthusiasts everywhere, the ìDriven to Thrillî brand seems to be pouring an awful lot of resources into rebuilding their high-performance reputation. Fruits of that labor have included a passel of Lancer Evolution varieties, and a wholly improved Eclipse. And now, whatever hedonists currently hold sway at Mitsubishi HQ have brought us a ragtop iteration of that iconic sports coupeóand they made it good. The 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT we just tested makes none of the typical convertible concessions, and preserves all of the coupeís cachet.

From the moment you lay eyes on it, the Spyderís allure is palpable. Mitsubishi stylists are to be applauded for avoiding the typical chopped-top-as-an-afterthought look; the design is striking even with the top up. And once opened to the elements, the topless Eclipse suffers not a single aesthetic misstepóthe proportions are balanced, and the overall look is exotic. Of course, the Eclipse coupe wasnít a bad starting point; both benefit from the sculpted waist, jeweled clear-lens head- and tail-lights, and aggressive wheels filling flared fenders, pushed far out to the corners.

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Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.

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