It’s been years since the Mitsubishi Eclipse won the hearts and minds of enthusiasts. No longer turbocharged or sporting all-wheel drive, the Eclipse was pretty much written off by most looking for a truly hot ride. Mitsubishi wrapped up production of its last remaining sports coupe earlier this summer, and documented , the final example rolling off the assembly line in Normal, Illinois.
Mitsubishi’s tribute starts with it going through the Eclipse’s four generations, allowing us to see where exactly the Eclipse went wrong. The first generation Eclipse was produced from 1990 to 1994, and was notable for being available with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 producing 195-hp. The second generation Eclipse, built from 1995 to 1999, picked up where the first gen left off. Popular with tuners, the second-gen Eclipse’s turbo 2.0-liter I-4 produced 210-hp and continued to be available with all-wheel drive.
The 2000-2005 Eclipse lost its turbo, and the ability to send power to all four wheels. The front-drive only third gen produced 205-hp out of a (heavier) 3.0-liter V-6 instead of a lighter, turbocharged four-cylinder. The fourth-generation model, which debuted in 2005, attempted to improve things with a 263-hp, 3.8-liter V-6, but it seems the sport coupe buyer had since moved on.
The final Eclipse was auctioned off for $35,000, which probably wasn’t far off the car’s actual MSRP. Nevertheless, we’ll remember the Eclipse not for what it ultimately became, but for what it once was. You can check out Mitsubishi’s send off below. Tell us — will you miss the Eclipse?