February 2, 2023

The CAM Journal: RIP Mitsubishi Eclipse

Talon Girl in Black Car
Break out the sad trombone, the day I’ve feared will come, is finally at hand. According to Edmunds Inside Line, the Eclipse will not survive past 2013. Some of you might scoff at that and say you don’t care, but no matter who you are, if you are an automotive enthusiast, the Eclipse, or a variant of it, has crossed your path before.

The first generation is the most popular among many because of it’s light weight. And who can argue about a turbocharged, AWD coupe with great styling. It has been a hit with the modding community. Then came the second generation with more radical styling. At this point in time, the cars once modified were packing more muscle than Mark McGwire’s juiced up biceps. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been to a drag racing event where I didn’t see at least one DSM. It was prolific in the tuning community. The 3rd Generation came along and got bigger, lost the AWD option, and a V6 was now an option. A solid car, sure, but not the one we fell in love with. The current Eclipse looks the part despite also looking it’s size, but again, it doesn’t include the words turbo and AWD in it’s vocabulary.

This was a time when the Chrysler/Mitsubishi tie-up was a good thing. When it was a delicious pumpkin pie that was fresh out of the oven with a dollop of whipped cream. Plymouth Laser, Eagle Talon, Dodge Conquest, and Dodge Stealth are all great platform sharing cars. Now…the 2.4L that you loathe in the 3rd generation and 4th gen Eclipse. That’s the leftover crust of that delicious pie that’s been sitting out for few days with insects picking at it. Hardly the same thing, and many people feel that way. But still, I’m sad to see this once revolutionary car go away. Part of you hopes Mitsubishi slips the Evo X motor in there and trims the weight down 500lbs. as one last hurrah. But now we know, the Eclipse will soon meet it’s fate in the scrap heap, joining it’s big brother, the 3000GT VR-4.

RIP Mitsubishi Eclipse 1990-2013

-Trent Bray

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