In 1990, all Daytona's received an interior restyling, featuring a more modern-feeling cockpit style wraparound dashboard. Also in 1990, a Variable Nozzle Turbocharger (VNT Turbo IV) borrowed from Shelby's 1989 ant csx. This 3-door sporty hatchback takes its cues from its classic name, which originally appeared as part of the 1969 Charger Daytona line. It is a smoking little car, fast on its feet, but not skimping on a comfortable driving experience. Plus, it gets decent gas mileage for a sports car, at about 21/28 mpg. New for 1990 is a turbocharged 2.2-liter, 174-hp VNT Turbo IV engine only in the Shelbys and only as a manual. This engine was dropped not too long after, and so it is a very rare find. The 1990 Daytona is the last to feature both C/S (Carroll Shelby) Packages, the Performance and Competition. Offered with base models, these performance packages included rear spoiler, high performance suspension and braking (similar to the Shelby), a Turbo I or II engine, and the appropriate C/S badges.The car is fast, and that's why drivers like it. It takes turns well and easily outraces the competition. Many drivers praise its dependability. The VNTs are a rare find. This engine included balanced shafts and was offered with the manual transmision only. The turbocharger was developed by Garrett, using - according to Bob Sheaves - technology from Chrysler’s turbine program. The VNT is 174 HP @ 5200 RPM's with 210 Lb Ft of Torque @ 3400 RPM's and has 12 lbs of boost stock.There were only 536 Daytona VNT's built and were available in the Shelby and CS.The CS was a "Base" Daytona with the performance options T-4 and A568 Trans without the groud effects and only had 15" wheels.The VNT was designed to reduce turbo lag time.It will hit full boost from a standing start in 2.3 seconds which is twice as fast as the 89 T-2 even though they both produce the same HP. C/S Competition Package includes the intercooler VNT Turbo engine with high-capacity five-speed manual transaxle, set of four 15" by 6.5" cast aluminum road wheels, Shelby-type maximum performance suspension, Ultra-high-performance four-wheel disc brakes, tilt steering column, rear deck spoiler, C/S "badging", turbo boost gauge, power bulge hood with "VNT Intercooled" decals, performance-tuned stainless Pentasteel exhaust, and Goodyear Eagle GT P225/50VR15 speed-rated unidirectional performance radial tires (set of four).
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