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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
twist-free and solid, with no excessive cowl shake
nearly drove the new Mitsubishi Eclipse GT into a parked car
plenty of grunt from low engine speeds
This engine is supremely smooth, yet it provides a welcome mellow snarl
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If you want true sports car handling, you may want to check out the competition, but if you want a car that looks and sounds sexy and powerful, the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse might be right for you.
Overall, the 2009 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." Jalopnik remarks that the sexy styling and throaty purr of the engine could "seduce you into serious speed."
Popular Mechanics declares the 2009 Mitsubishi "to be twist-free and solid, with no excessive cowl shake." Cars.com reports that "the Eclipse is front-heavy and understeer is prevalent, even when off the throttle.” One test driver for Jalopnik "squeezed the gas [entering a curve] and nearly drove the new Mitsubishi Eclipse GT into a parked car."
The 3.8-liter V-6 engine produces 265 hp with a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic. According to Motor Trend, the V-6 clocks a "0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 5.8 seconds," and Car and Driver rates the Mitsubishi Eclipse the seventh quickest car in 2007. The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder produces 162 hp when teamed with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
Reviewers agree that the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse offers a throaty, sexy-sounding engine with plenty of power, but handling isn't always up to the job.