Dodge Daytona Engine

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The first production year for the Dodge Daytona was 1984, a time when manufacturers were starting to boost engine size after the gas crisis of the 1970’s. Dodge Daytona engine sizes got consistently more powerful through the run of the vehicle which came to an end in 1993.


Dodge Daytona Engine Sizes Through the Years

The 1984 Daytona was built with the Chrysler K I4, 2.2L engine with little zip. It was a 93hp engine with standard aspiration, but a turbocharged model, the Turbo I I4 was also available, and it kicked out 142hp. Enthusiasts might be interested to know that the Garret T03 turbocharger was used to achieve the 142hp and give the car 160lb-ft of torque.

The 2.2L Turbo I 14 was a step in the right direction for car buffs wanting more muscle under the hood. The Turbo version made Car and Driver magazine’s Top Ten list for ’84. In 1985, the Turbo I 14 was boosted by 4hp and the car was outfitted with a wrap-around spoiler on all three trim packages.

In 1986, Dodge opted for a 100hp, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine as the standard power plant for the Daytona, an acceptable choice for those concerned about gas mileage more than quickness and drivability. The car was also available with the first-generation Turbo I engine in the Turbo Z CS/Carroll Shelby version that sported a T-roof. A Competition Series was offered as an option. It included front and rear sway bars later found on the ’87 Shelby that improved the vehicle’s handling.

The 1987 model was given a makeover and several Dodge Daytona engine sizes were available. A new generation turbocharged engine, the Turbo II was introduced. This intercooled version of the Chrysler K 2.2L engine boasted 174hp and 200lb-ft of torque. The new Shelby Z featured beefier sway bars, suspension advances and rear disc brakes.

The next major engine upgrade occurred in 1990 to accompany Dodge restyling the car to include a more contemporary wrap-around dashboard. The Shelby version featured a Variable Nozzle Turbocharger dubbed the VNT Turbo IV and achieving 174 horsepower.

The last of the Dodge Daytona engine sizes was also introduced in 1990 and was available until production of the vehicle ended with the 1993 model year. The engine was the Mitsubishi 6G72 V6, a 3.0L SOHC engine good for 141hp and 172lb-ft of torque.