The 2001 Mitsubishi Spyder
• What kind of person would drive this car?
The manufacturer says it’s for "open-air thrillseekers." This may rule out Bob Newhart.
• So what’s new?
Compared to the 2000 Spyder, this model has a longer wheelbase, wider track, enhanced interior room and more trunk space.
• You can leave your hat on:
The Spyder has improved aerodynamics and better passenger protection against wind buffeting.
• Can I outrun cops?
The GT model, with a refined 3.0-liter SOHC 24-valve V6, comes with 200 hp.
• But I can’t drive stick!
The Spyder comes with either a 5-speed manual transmission or Sportronic™ 4-speed automatic for "manumatic" shifting.
• Would you expect these standard features on a convertible?
The Spyder comes with a glass rear window and rear defroster, power windows and door locks.
• And in case the open air doesn’t cool you down enough:
The Spyder also comes with air conditioning.
• Keeping your eyes on the road has never been so easy:
A radio/time readout is on the upper central instrument panel, providing easy visibility while you watch the road.
• How many aluminum cans will I need to take to the recycling center to afford this?
The Spyder costs about $25,000, depending on the options you select. At a nickel a can, you’ll need to drink 500,000 Budweisers or Mountain Dews.
• Should I let my kids drive this car?
Do your kids work a full-time job to put food on the table?