2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe and Spider Break Cover for Chicago Debut

For those of us who, due to the fact that we just can’t stand the looks of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, nor can we understand why it’s so powerful, the Eclipse GT could just do the trick for us.

Chicago Auto Show will be the scene for the unveiling of this 265 bhp/198kW, 3.8-litre V6, 262 pound-feet of torque coupe, now offered standard with dual exhaust pipes. You’ll need them, just in case those cocky Evo X boys attempt to test you. Which they will, and probably win. But it will be fun showing them up anyway.

Larger ventilated discs, ABS and EBD, along with HID headlights and stability control system come with the car from the factory. Two gearboxes, one 6-speed manual, the other a 5-speed Sportronic, can be fitted.

An all-new Eclipse is expected in 2010 when this updated version goes to bed. Perhaps then Mitsu will opt for a smaller engine with a turbo. Can’t wait.

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