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Toyota Celica, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Coupe, Hatchback
#1 of 62 2000 Toyota Celica vs. Mitsubishi Eclipse (Topic #294)
Nov 28, 2000 (8:26 pm)
I have a 2000 Toyota Celica GT. I outraced a 2000
Eclipse GT and I have an automatic trans! The guy
was shocked. I think it is stupid how people
compare cars by how they race. How often do you
race someone? Toyota is the better choice: more
reliable, better name, and faster! Challenge the
guy in the Eclipse to race you in ten years. His
car would probably be broken down already! Bottom
line: Toyota wins.
#2 of 62 RE:2000 Toyota Celica vs. Mitsubishi Eclipse (Topic #294)
Dec 01, 2000 (7:10 am)
I think you just answered your own question.
He was probably just shocked that you even tried to race him. He probably cared even less when he saw your none "S" GT badge from the rear too..
Dec 02, 2000 (7:05 pm)
Was the guy in the Eclipse GT really racing? An Eclipse GT should blow a Celica GT away easily and without much effort, especially an automatic one. Even a GTS auto would be humiliated by an Eclipse GT.
It's true though that the Celica should outlast an Eclipse. If reliability is a major factor, chosing between the two is a no brainer..
Dec 15, 2000 (3:11 pm)
Quote "Even a GTS auto would be humiliated by an Eclipse GT"
I really doubt it. If you compare both cars they are near identical in specs. The Eclipse has a 200HP V6 but weighs 3120lbs. The celica has a 180HP I4 and weighs 2500lbs. I all comes down to an issue called power to weight ratio. The eclipse will take a celica off the line with the V6's Torque but won't kill it. It really will come down to who is the better driver. When the specs are that close one driver error will throw the race. I've beat and been beat by Eclipse GTs in my GT-S. Some races I was the better driver and others I was not.
Dec 19, 2000 (11:38 am)
If you're comparing GTS auto vs Eclipse GT auto, aren't you pretty much taking the 'better driver' out of the picture? Of the two, I would have to guess the Eclipse auto would win, from the simple standpoint that a 4-speed auto is a better matchup with the larger displacement, relatively low-revving V6 rather than the small displacement, peaky I4 in the GTS. Do you have an auto or 6-speed in your GTS?
#6 of 62 Eclipse 2001 GS
Jan 19, 2001 (11:16 am)
Its all about what car is better. I was trying to decide between the New Toyota Celica and The Eclipse 2001 GS. After trying both cars, comparing quality, doing some research on the internet, comparing weight/HP, looks, and everything else. I decided for the Eclipse 2001 GS with Sportronic. The car not only looks sturdier but performs better (bigger engine, more liters, more HP)
About racing, it has to do more with the driver than the car. After all what is the point of racing on the streets? But if I have to, I am sure I will outlast any celica on the street.
Jan 29, 2001 (1:23 pm)
that you will outRUN any NEW Celica (stay away from Celica All-Tracs) in a heads-up race to 60 mph -- but outLAST?? Sorry, don't think so...just compare Mitsu's reliability record vs Toyota's in Consumer Reports.
Jan 29, 2001 (1:25 pm)
make that "new Celica with an automatic"....
Jan 29, 2001 (3:12 pm)
Read his post carefully: he has an Eclipse GS with the sportronic, not a GT. His GS (2.4liter I4) has 147hp to pull 2985lbs around (over 20 lbs/hp) while even the base Celica GT has 140 hp for 2425lbs (around 17 lbs/hp). While I agree that his torque superiority may help in a 0-60, I don't think he will be 'spanking' many Celica GT's. Woe unto him if he decides to tangle with a Celica GTS......