2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder - Road Test Specs

2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Convertible

(3.0L V6 5-speed Manual)


Model year2001
StyleGT 2dr Hatchback (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$26,237
As-tested MSRP$29,382


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeinline 4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)200 @ 5500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)205 @4000
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Steering typespeed-proportional power steering
Tire size, frontP205/55HR16
Tire size, rearP205/55HR16
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / rear drum

Track Test Results

0-60 mph (sec.)9.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.73@84.4
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)40

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsOn full throttle acceleration automatic transmission shifting occurred from first to second at 6,000 rpm and from second to third at 6,000 rpm. When manually shifting the rev-limiter cuts in at 6,100 rpm, just before the 6,200 rpm red-line. When manually shifting the rev-limiter cuts in at 6,100 rpms, just before the 6,200 rpm red-line. The engine makes adequate power and torque but is nowhere near class leading.
Braking commentsBraking performance with the optional "GT premium package" equipped ABS is poor in feel. The front tires seem to grip and release the pavement at such a slow duration you can hear it occur. There is a lot of lateral movement when under full braking. Not really confidence inspiring.
Handling commentsThere is lots of body roll and chassis flex, not very confidence inspiring.

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 19/26 Manual 20/28
Edmunds observed (mpg)25.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.4

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3307
Length (in.)175.4
Width (in.)68.9
Height (in.)51.6
Wheelbase (in.)100.8
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)30.2
Headroom, front (in.)37.9
Headroom, rear (in.)34.9
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.9


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion7 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance2


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesOptional
Traction controlO
Stability controlN
NHTSA crash test, driverN
NHTSA crash test, passengerN
NHTSA crash test, side frontE
NHTSA crash test, side rearN
NHTSA rollover resistanceN

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