- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 30, 2004

Hybrid vehicles do not have to be basic and unexciting, although it seems as though that is the popular belief. Mitsubishi has another idea in mind.

Though the Eclipse Concept-E is a concept vehicle, the idea has taken form in a hybrid sports car that performs better than you could ever imagine.

With a combined 470 horsepower, this gasoline/electric hybrid is nothing to scoff at.

This is also a vehicle that you will not be able to take your eyes off. If you are one of the lucky ones to see this car traveling the streets as it runs through testing, take it all in, for it will not be seen often.

The Eclipse Concept-E’s four-wheel-drive system is propelled by a parallel hybrid system incorporating its 3.8-liter V-6 gasoline engine with an electric motor. This layout produces 270 horsepower. The extra 200 horses come from Mitsubishi’s unique E-Boost system. The E-Boost system directs this additional power to the rear wheels via a 15kW electric motor.

During normal driving the hybrid system does all the work. After all, you generally do not need 400-plus horsepower when cruising city streets or stuck in traffic. However, find yourself in need of that power and it is right at your fingertips. Actually it is at your right-foot toe tips. The E-boost system is instantaneously activated by an aggressive throttle. The transition from 270 horsepower to 470 horsepower is much like the response you would find on a turbocharged vehicle. It is quick and responsive.

The Concept-E carries the performance spirit brought to the street by the Eclipse to stimulating new stature. The Eclipse Concept-E rides on 245/40R20 front and 275/35R20 rear performance tires mounted on nine-spoke, 20-inch wheels.

The suspension consists of an independent multilink system at all four wheels.

In fact, the rear suspension and differential were designed specifically for high performance; the rear suspension setup is the same one found underneath the exhilarating Lancer Evolution-series sedan

Keep in mind that this is a vehicle that was built to showcase technological advanced systems out on the auto show circuit. When we look at what the interior presents driver and passenger, it is nearly a sensory overload

The Wave Line design theme includes an instrument panel that combines shadow and light and soft curves, creating a thoroughly modern environment.

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