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1989 Daytona Shelby

1989 Daytona with the C/S Competition Package

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stunning new 1990 Daytona interior

1990 Daytona Shelby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

1989  The exterior received a major refreshening this year. On the outside, brand new ground effects surrounded the entire car. The rear ground effects were slotted, and were referred to as a "wake modifier" by Dodge. Whether or not they were functional, they sure were cool to look at! The front end was also updated with two slot air openings in the front. The ground effects were colored gray, regardless of the car color. Along with the new ground effects came new integrated parking/turn signal lights and built-in driving lights. The hood now sported a turbo power bulge. A driver's side airbag was now standard in all Daytona steering wheels. The T-Tops now came with removable sun-shades. Gone were the rear drum brakes as four-wheel disc brakes became standard on all Daytonas. The power disc brakes were vented in the front, and solid in the rear, except for the Shelby, which received vented discs all around.

 

The Daytona Pacifica was gone, replaced by two ES models. The Daytona ES received the 2.5 liter inline four under the hood (as did the base Daytona). Unlike the base Daytona, the Daytona ES came with all of the ground effects and the rear spoiler. It also received 15 X 6-inch cast aluminum wheels on P205/60R15 tires. This is in contrast to the base Daytona's 14-inch wheels on P185/70R14 tires.

 

The Daytona ES received a new turbo engine. Gone was the 2.2 liter Turbo I engine, replaced by the new 2.5 liter turbo engine (also called Turbo I). With multi-port fuel injection and twin balance shafts, the engine was good for 150 horsepower. The ES turbo received position-sensitive struts, higher control gas charged rear shocks, increased spring rates, and a solid front and tubular rear anti-sway bars.

 

The top model was again the Daytona Shelby (the Z was now removed). The powerplant for the Shelby was still the turbocharged and intercooled 2.2 liter Turbo II engine. The standard disc brakes had 241.7 square inches of front and 177.8 square inches of rear swept area. The Shelby now rode on P205/55VR16 tires on the new red-hot 16 X 6-inch "pumper" design wheels.

 

There were now two C/S performance packages this year, both available only on the base Daytona. The C/S Competition Package was basically a Dodge Shelby without the weight adding ground effects. It included the 174 horsepower Turbo II engine, the high-capacity 5-speed manual, the maximum performance suspension, the vented front and rear disc brakes, and a rear spoiler. The wheels were 15 X 6.5-inch cast aluminum shod on P225/50VR15 tires. The C/S Performance Package was essentially the same as 1988's, with the 2.5 liter Turbo I engine, the ES' 15 X 6-inch cast aluminum wheels on P205/60R15 tires, and the ES spoiler.

 

Many enthusiasts regard 1989 as one of the greatest years for the Daytona, with the best combination of engines, styling, and options. This would also be the best year in terms of sales, with nearly 70,000 cars leaving dealer showrooms.

 

1989 Engine Specifications 2.5 Liter (153 cid) inline-4 2.5 Liter Turbo I (153 cid) inline-4 2.2 Liter Turbo II (135 cid) inline-4
compression ratio 8.9:1 7.8:1 8.0:1
horsepower 100 @ 4,800 150 @ 4,800 174 @ 5,200
torque 135 @ 2,800 180 @ 2,000 200 @ 2,400

 

1990  T-Tops were no longer available on the Daytona. That was the bad news. The good news is that the interiors were completely redesigned. The instrument panels were redesigned, inset under a half-moon shaped panel with additional controls. The door trim was redesigned, as was the overhead console and bucket seats. The center console was completely redone, now including a parking brake lever, replacing the foot operated unit in previous Daytonas. The manual shifter was completely redesigned, and was light years ahead of the previously notchy shifters. On the Shelby, the center console also included buttons for the standard electronic suspension controls - although, except for pre-production prototypes, these controls were never actually installed in any Daytona. The steering wheel now had cruise control buttons included on it. In all, the new interior was absolutely stunning, and really put the Daytona into a new league.

 

Other changes included an optional security system on the Daytona ES Turbo and Shelby. The digital instrumentation that was optional on the Daytona ES Turbo and Daytona Shelby was dropped. In addition, the ground effects were now the same color as the rest of the car.

 

A new V-6 engine became available in 1990. Built by Mitsubishi, the 3.0 liter V-6 came with multi-port fuel injection, overhead cams, and aluminum cylinder heads. It wasn't more powerful than the turbo 4's, however, it was smoother than the 4-cylinders, and helped increase the refinement of the Daytona. It also gave customers who wanted more than four cylinders under the hood another choice. The V-6 was available with Chrysler's new 4-speed "ultradrive" automatic transmission. This electronic transmission monitored the engine to sense precise shifting points. Unfortunately, the "ultradrive" transmission became known more for its high failure rate than for any of its good points.

 

The VNT Turbo also appeared in 1990. This was the 174-horsepower intercooled Turbo II engine, now with the addition of dual counter-rotating balance shafts, and a variable-nozzle turbocharger. The VNT engine incorporated 12 movable vanes, positioned by computer solenoids to optimize power. The primary benefit was eliminating "turbo lag" - the period of time it takes the turbo to spool up after you slam the accelerator pedal. The VNT engine greatly reduced turbo lag, providing improved performance, reducing 0-60 times to around 7 seconds. The VNT Turbo (called the Turbo IV) was available only on the Daytona Shelby and the base Daytona with the C/S Competition Package. Other improvements to the Shelby included larger brake calipers and rotors - 247.6 square inches in front and 177.8 square inches of swept area in the rear.

 

Despite all of the improvements to the Daytona in 1990, sales plummeted by nearly half, to just under 38,000 cars.

 

1990 Engine Specifications 2.5 Liter (153 cid) inline-4 3.0 liter (181 cid) V-6 2.5 Liter Turbo I (153 cid) inline-4 2.2 Liter Turbo IV VNT (135 cid) inline-4
compression ratio 8.9:1 8.9:1 7.8:1 8.0:1
horsepower 100 @ 4,800 141 @ 5,000 150 @ 4,800 174 @ 5,200
torque 135 @ 2,800 171 @2,800 180 @ 2,000 210 @ 2,400

 

1991  There were few changes to the Daytona in 1991. Antilock brakes were now optional on the Daytona ES and Shelby. The Daytona ES and ES Turbo models were now combined into the Daytona ES, now with four two-tone color combinations available for the first time since 1986. The 4-wheel vented disc brakes which were previously available only on the Daytona Shelby was now optional on other Daytonas as special packages. Worst of all, the 2.2 liter intercooled VNT Turbo II engine was dropped after just one year, replaced by a new high-torque 2.5 liter Turbo I engine. The high-torque 2.5 turbo had the same torque ratings as the 1990 VNT Turbo II, but now with less horsepower. This was the engine that you received if you ordered the C/S Competition Package on your base Daytona.

 

1991 Engine Specifications 2.5 Liter (153 cid) inline-4 3.0 liter (181 cid) V-6 2.5 Liter Turbo (153 cid) inline-4
compression ratio 8.9:1 8.9:1 7.8:1
horsepower 100 @ 4,800 141 @ 5,000 152 @ 4,800
torque 135 @ 2,800 171 @2,800 210 @ 2,400

 

Daytona Production

Daytona

Daytona ES Daytona ES Turbo

Daytona Shelby

Total

% Production Change

1989

33,760

25,828 5,669

4,741

69,998

5.41%

1990 18,247 16,463 1,874 1,305 37,889 -45.87%
1991 8,793 7,499 N/A 1,231 17,523 -53.75%

 

Powertrain Options

Transaxle

Daytona

Daytona ES

Daytona ES Turbo

Daytona Shelby

2.5 Liter

5-speed

Standard

Standard

N/A

N/A

3-speed auto Optional Optional N/A N/A
3.0 Liter V-6 (90-91) 5-speed Optional Optional N/A N/A
4-speed auto Optional Optional N/A N/A

2.5 Liter Turbo I (N/A 1991)

5-speed

Optional

Optional

Standard

N/A

3-speed auto Optional Optional Optional Optional
2.5 Liter High Torque Turbo (91 only) 5-speed Optional N/A N/A Standard
3-speed auto Optional N/A N/A Optional

2.2 Liter Turbo II (N/A 1990, 1991)

5-speed

Optional

N/A

N/A

Standard

2.2 Liter Turbo IV VNT (90 only) 5-speed

Optional

N/A

N/A

Standard

                      

Specifications Year Daytona Daytona ES Daytona ES Turbo Daytona Shelby
Length (inches) 89, 90 179.2 179.2 179.2 178.4
91 179.2
Width (inches) 89 69.3
90 69.3 69.3 69.3 69.8
91 69.3
Height (inches) 89 50.1 50.1 50.1 50.6
90 50.1 50.1 50.1 50.7
91 50.1
Wheelbase (inches)   97.0
Curb Weight (lb) 89 2,751 2,822 2,936 2,951
90, 91 2,798 2,873 3,004 3,030
Fuel Capacity (gallons)   14

              

Color Availability   Daytona Daytona ES/ES Turbo Daytona Shelby
Flash Red 89, 90 X X X
Light Pewter Pearl 89 X    
Twilight Blue Pearl 89 X X  
90 X    
Black   X X X
Radiant Silver 89 X   X
Daytona Blue 89, 90 X X X
Bright White 89 X X X
90, 91 X   X
Black Cherry Pearl 89   X  
90, 91 X    
Dark Pewter Pearl 89   X  
Claret Red Pearl 90 X    
Platinum Silver Metallic 90 X    
Indy Red 91 X X X
Electric Blue 91 X X X
Raspberry 91 X    
Light Champagne 91 X    
Two-Tone Colors
Indy Red/Platinum Silver 91   X  
Electric Blue/Platinum Silver 91   X  
Black/Medium Quartz 91   X  
Bright White/Medium Quartz 91   X