1984 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z coupe. See more pictures of classic cars.
Its much-modified K-car chassis featured all-round coil springs, front MacPherson struts, trailing-arm rear beam axle, and power rack-and-pinion steering topped by a husky 2+2 "fasthatch" body with design overtones of the Chevy Camaro and Porsche 928. The Turbo/Shelby powertrain was always a transverse turbocharged 2.2-liter four (initially the 146-bhp "Turbo I") teamed with a manual five-speed or optional three-speed automatic transaxle.
Horsepower was upped on the 1987 "Turbo II" engine (manual-shift only) via an intercooler and higher boost pressure; internals were strengthened, too. The new 1990 "Turbo IV" had better driveability (mainly less throttle lag) with a new VNT blower (Variable Nozzle Technology).
All Daytonas were facelifted for 1987 with a hidden-headlamp "droop snoot" and revamped tail. Upgrades included a standard driver's airbag for 1988, no-cost all-disc brakes from 1989, a new dash and cockpit-adjustable variable-rate shock absorbers for 1990. Confusingly, a C/S Competition Package was optionally available for base models from 1988 and delivered most Shelby goodies -- racy exterior add-ons, fortified chassis, hot engine -- with less weight.
Still, the later Shelby-badged models look the best collector bets, with Turbo Zs trailing. None, however, should start being gathered in for a good while yet.
Pluses of the 1984-1990 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z & Shelby Z:
- Agile front-drive handling
- Good go (8-9 seconds 0-60)
- Purposeful looks
Minuses of the 1984-1990 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z & Shelby Z:
- Clunky manual shifter
- Hazy collector prospects
- Marked torque-steer
- Some body and cockpit trim juvenile
- Stiff ride
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Specifications of the 1984-1990
Dodge Daytona Turbo Z & Shelby Z:
Wheelbase, inches: 97.1
Length, inches: 175.0
Weight, pounds: 2,650-2,950
Price, new: $11,495-$13,295 (U.S.)
Engines for the 1984-1990 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z & Shelby Z:
|Type||Size ||Horsepower ||Years |
| ohc I-4*||135 cid||146||1984-1986|
|ohc I-4*||135 cid||174||1987-1990|
|ohc I-4*||156 cid||150||1990|
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