Mitsubishi Eclipse – Everything You Need To Know | Up to Speed

ECLIPSE. The most underrated tuner car of all time. Responsible for setting off the US tuner scene and immortalized by The Fast and The Furious franchise, the Eclipse has seen it all. See how it all began with James Pumphrey; as he explains the origins behind the DSM name, the partnership with Chrysler that gave rise to the Eclipse, and itโ€™s influence on car culture as a whole.
โ€œI see a cold air intake, itโ€™s got a NOS fogger system, the T4 turbo Dominic, I see an AIC controller, it has direct port nitrous injectionโ€ฆโ€ โ€œYeah and a stand alone fuel management system...not a bad way to spend ten thousand dollarsโ€
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[music]. it's possibly the most underrated tuner . car of all time a dark horse that was . overshadowed by its much cooler much . more popular jacques brother . sound familiar lars it was born from an . unlikely marriage and fought to put fear . in the hearts of muscle cars at drag . strips all over the united states and . despite its proven pedigree and the fact . that it helped revolutionize import . culture twice it still looked down upon. today this is everything you need to . know to get up to speed on the . mitsubishi eclipse in the 70s and early . 80s chrysler was importing . fuel-efficient mitsubishi's and . rebranding them as chrysler's in return. mitsubishi got to grow as a company but . mitsubishi wanted to sell directly to . americans to their own dealer network . the only problem was that japanese . brands had a voluntary restriction on . how many cars they could bring to the . united states if you want to learn more . about this watch our integra i'll leave . a link in the description anyway . mitsubishi and chrysler decided that it . would be more profitable if mitsubishi . built more models in the us with help . from chrysler this partnership was . called diamond star motors or dsm taking . its name from the pointy logos shared by . both brands dsm would build a new . factory in normal illinois and the first . car they would build would be a two-door . four-cylinder coupe the eclipse eagle . talon and plymouth laser are all pretty . much the same car and i'm just gonna . refer to them as the eclipse okay right . they're a little different but not by . much the eclipse debuted in 1989 and . came in four trim levels the gs t and g . sx being the absolute ones to have why . um i don't know maybe because they were . powered by one of the finest and most . durable four-cylinder engines ever the . 4g63 t sound familiar it's the same . turbocharged four-cylinder engine that . power the . in evil. what am i top 5 favorite cars ever do . you guys even freaking know me . the 4g63 is the foundation on which . tuners would build the eclipse into one . of the most capable tuner cars of all. time the engine wasn't the only thing . the eclipse an evo shared while the gst . was front-wheel drive the eclipse gsx . came with all-wheel drive the same . all-wheel drive found in the evo 3 this . means that the eclipse is basically a . two-door evo so what did most people do . with the hyper tunable turbocharged. two-door coupe with tons of grip from . all-wheel drive made in the us of a they . took her to the drag strip . before the two-lane blacktop was . reserved for american muscle cars with. big-block engines and rear tires wider . than jessica's unibrow but when the . eclipse came out of the scene . racers saw that there could be an. alternative the eclipse was completely . refreshed for the 1995 model year it had . a sleeker body and the 4g63 teen now. made 210 horsepower this car was an . every racing game you can think of ridge . racer gran turismo the forza games and . of course. need for speed underground no the . american tuner scene can be split into . two distinct time periods and the . eclipse is notable in the fact that it . helped set them both off in the first . era tuning culture was eclipses honda's . and like for guys with vw's i knew all . of them there was me . ross kam and nick ross i'm sorry we . couldn't see each other when i was in . new york but it was the release of one . film that opened the floodgates for all . japanese cars and marked the beginning . of a new tuning age 2011 fast track no . limit jk. it was the fast and furious the fast and . the furious was released on june 22nd . 2001 and almost immediately after tuning . and the eclipse went mainstream in paul . walker's very first scene in the series . he's driving a 1995 eclipse in the . dodger stadium parking lot this eclipse . in particular was not powered by the . 4g63 but a 420 a from the dodge neon but . none of that mattered because after the . fast and furious came out tuning was. this shot for about ten years everyone . and their mom my mom in particular was . putting erebuni body kits giant wings . and underglow on their cars and that is . 100% because of the fast and furious the . franchise's effect on the car world has . been talked about to death but something . that gets lost in the conversation is . the eclipses contribution it helped set . off the second way. of the tuning scene the eclipse came . back in 2004 is too fast too furious. it wasn't brian's this time but it was . still a hero car with a ton of screen. time the purple one wasn't as cool i . know but think about it the eclipse was . there for the genesis and the . renaissance of tuning culture but none . of the credit why because it went out . with a whimper not a bang by the time . people saw brian o'connor's lime-green . eclipse in theaters mitsubishi had . already updated the eclipse for the 2000 . model year their partnership with . chrysler had ended so this eclipse was . no longer a dsm and the car was . beginning to lose its charm all wheel . drive yeah that's no longer an option . well what about the 4g63 nope at its . most powerful the third gen eclipse came . with a 210 horsepower v6 engine which. was about the same as the 4g63 t but it . wasn't nearly as tunable the suspension . was also set up to be softer and more . comfortable it wasn't as sporty as the . first and second gen because it wasn't . supposed to be that is a bummer if you . wanted a performance oriented . turbocharged. all-wheel drive mitsubishi you had to . get the eva which finally came to . america in 2003 the eclipse was updated . again in 2006 with styling that was . inspired by the second generation car . and a new 263 horsepower engine it had a . dedicated following but that wasn't . enough to keep sales from declining ever . since its debut year in its final year . of production mitsubishi only sold 1173 . eclipses but that wasn't the end for the . eclipse back in like 2016 there were . rumors that the car would be back would . mitsubishi bring back the two-door . performance coupe to take on the new. wave of budget performance cars v wave . that it freaking stirred in it he . stirred it and i'll be honest i was . optimistic i know i should learn by now . get your hopes up you know i take you . with me if i could . [music]. my naive thinking was shot down the next . year when mitsubishi confirmed that the . new eclipse would be a crossover suv . really really mitsubishi an suv an suv . you already have the outlander which is . an suv why why did you have to do it i . don't understand that's fine the supra . the rx-7 the skyline and even mitsubishi . zone evil are legendary tuner cars that . live on thanks to the fast and the . furious and the scene that it made a . worldwide for not oh not for not oh no . but why not the eclipse well it's simple . really the eclipse lived longer unlike . its fast and furious brethren it didn't . die it was kept on life support for 12 . years living off the dsm name and the . reverence people had for that car and. mitsubishi is doing that again but with . this new crossover thing the eclipse was . a groundbreaking car in more ways than . it gets credit for it was an import . built in illinois and i think that's . another reason why people look down on . it it wasn't technically jdm it was . never out of reach or exotic but that . doesn't stop it from being one of the . most important tuner cars of all time. that's everything you need to know to . get up to speed on the mitsubishi . eclipse go hit that subscribe button the . more subscribers we get the more cool . stuff that we get to do i want to thank . you guys for all your support you want . to learn more about turbos watch this. episode of science garage where bart . breaks it down you're looking to buy a . cool tuner car that might be off the. radar check out this episode of the . bestest with tony tells you the bestest . ones to get follow me on instagram at . james pump reef follow donut on . instagram at donut media i love you . .
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