Mitsubishi Motors' SST Spyder open air concept sports car makes its world debut April 9, 1998, at the New York auto show.
The car previewed Mitsubishi's advanced styling for roadsters, notably the next-generation Eclipse, and was powered by a turbocharged, 250-hp four-cylinder engine paired with a four-speed Sportronic automatic gearbox.
The SST Spyder was different from the SST coupe and SST T-bar coupe concepts shown earlier at auto shows in Detroit and Chicago.
It was a preview of the 2001 Eclipse Spyder and featured what Mitsubishi called "geo-mechanical" design elements, such as ribbed side doors, and neon and fluorescent headlights and taillights.
It had a multilink four-wheel independent suspension setup and large racing brakes.
Mitsubishi launched the Eclipse nameplate as a coupe in 1989 and eventually introduced a Spyder variant. But the carmaker ended production of the Eclipse coupe and convertible, along with Endeavor SUV, in 2011 to cut costs and reconfigure its lineup around utility vehicles.