2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE Review |The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XI may have been saved from the chopping block, but at least one Mitsubishi sports coupe is on its final dregs and will soon ride off into the sunset. For the record, the Eclipse, has been one of our favorite Japanese sports coupes in recent times so it goes without saying that we’re pretty bummed out that the line will officially end after the 2012 model year.
Mitsubishi claimed that all Eclipse trim ranges (GS, GS Sport and GT) will be available there as SE Special Edition variations which includes “SE” side decals, black side mirrors and 18-inch dark finish alloy wheels, along with the excessive-end standard features available on the Eclipse GS Sport versions of both the coupe and convertible models.
The 2012 Eclipse Coupe SE and Spyder SE are essentially Eclipse GS-Sports with special SE decaling, a revised exterior with special paint and 18-in. dark alloy wheels. Creature comforts include heated leather seats with a power driver, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, and a sunroof for the coupe model.
Powering the special edition models is the 2.4L SOHC MIVEC four-banger that’s good for 162hp and the 3.8L SOHC MIVEC V6 that’s good for 283hp. Unfortunately, both the four-banger and six get automatic transmissions: four cogs for the four and five for the six.
The most affordably-priced version of the Eclipse remains the GS Coupe model. No-cost features include a 6 speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD player with MP3 playing capability and an auxiliary audio input jack, air conditioning, 6 airbags, dual exhaust, blacked-out roof, 18-inch alloy wheels and automatic shut off headlights. The Eclipse GS Coupe comes equipped with a 5-speed manual while a 4-speed automatic transmission is available as an option.