There are cars that are easily identifiable, either by their signature designs or by their brand name. Then there are those movie cars that have become immortalized in our hearts. It often involves those magical moments where a vehicle transforms into an actor to create an out-of-this-world experience for the screens; this is how famous and iconic movie cars are created.
For example, James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 which featured in the 1964 Bond film The golden finger is one of those cars. He made such an impression that he has since appeared in six more Bond films; Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall, and Spectrum.
Another example is the 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon from madmax. But for Gen Z, two cars stand out above the rest. The Supra of the 2001s The Fast and the Furious and Walker’s Mitsubishi Eclipse.
Here we take a detailed look at the 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse: witness to a wonder of four generations
Built in the USA at a factory in Illinois, designed at the Mitsubishi Motors North America Design Studio and introduced in 1990, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is a front-wheel-drive two-door sports coupe that came in four different generations from 1989 to 2011. It should be noted that each generation was a modification or improvement of the past.
The first-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse, of which the 1990 design is a part, ranks among the best values among small sports coupes. Another in the category is the 1995 BMW M3. The first generation Eclipse was marketed as an entry into the mid-level four-cylinder sports coupe segment. It was available in four trim levels: Eclipse, Eclipse GS, Eclipse GS-T (Turbo) and Eclipse GSX.
The 1990 Eclipse is the first generation and was undoubtedly or quite possibly (depending on one’s perspective) the most loved by enthusiasts.
It underwent minor style changes during its production; 1992–1994 models have updated sheetmetal and are easily distinguishable from earlier model years. Most notable is that 1990-1991 models have pop-up headlights, while 1992-1994 models have exposed aerodynamic headlights. The Eclipse was revised for the 1995 model year as the second generation.
Not the fastest, but the 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse is no snail
The 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse had a 195 horsepower manual transmission and all-wheel drive. The GS Turbo and GSX were also equipped with turbocharged engines. The Eclipse GSX consistently won magazine comparison tests and landed on top lists. The model also accelerates from rest to 60 mph in 9.3 seconds and a quarter mile in 17 seconds. In terms of dimensions, the model measures 172.4 inches long, 66.9 inches wide and 52 inches high.
According to Mitsubishi Motors, the Eclipse is named after an undefeated 18th century English racehorse that had won 26 races. Notably, the 2014 model of the car held the record for the world’s fastest four-cylinder. Also, while the 1990 design was not a convertible, but was still a sports car, a convertible body style was added during the 1996 model year.
Learn more about the Eclipse: less about the money, more about the car
The Eclipse has been officially sold in Japan, North America, the Middle East, South Korea, the Philippines, Brazil, and China. This “exclusivity” has made it a sign of nobility in other parts of the world, such as Africa.
In late August 2011, the last Eclipse rolled off the assembly line and was auctioned off, with proceeds going to support social causes. However, in 2017 Mitsubishi resurrected the Eclipse name on a compact crossover vehicle, titled Eclipse Cross, which debuted at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show.
Anything and everything “Eclipse” was futuristic
Although the Eclipse has been on the market since 1989, recent designs have everything it takes to compete with the Honda Accord Coupe, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and base V-6 versions of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet. Camaro. It is truly a car that has seen into the future and has been designed to prove its mettle. With eye-catching styling and stunning mechanics, the Mitsubishi Eclipse sports coupe – in production for over 20 years – is one Eclipse model you couldn’t help but stare at.
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