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2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Performance

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Reviewers agree that the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse offers a throaty, sexy-sounding engine that provides the power but also say the handling isn't always up to it.

Cars.com reports that "the Eclipse is front-heavy and understeer is prevalent, even when off the throttle" while Popular Mechanics declares the 2008 Mitsubishi "to be twist-free and solid, with no excessive cowl shake."

If you are looking for a car that looks and sounds sexy and powerful, the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse might be right for you; if you want true sportscar handling, you may want to check out the competition.

With the Eclipse, Mitsubishi offers a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder that produces 162 hp when teamed with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. It also offers a 3.8-liter V-6 that produces 263 hp with a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic.

The V-6 engine, according to Motor Trend, clocks a "0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 5.8 seconds," and Car and Driver rated the Mitsubishi Eclipse the seventh quickest car in 2007.

Jalopnik indicates that the sexy styling and throaty purr of the engine could "seduce you into serious speed." One test driver for Jalopnik "squeezed the gas [entering a curve] and nearly drove the new Mitsubishi Eclipse GT into a parked car."

Overall, the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse has the looks and sounds of a fast performance vehicle, but according to Motor Trend, "as a modern sport coupe, it's not quite there yet."


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