Dodge Shadow Engine

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The Dodge Shadow was produced for eight model years from 1988 through 1995, and eight Dodge Shadow engine sizes and types were used. Not all engines were available in each year of production. Here’s an introduction to the various Dodge Shadow engines.


Standard Dodge Shadow Engine Sizes

The Shadow was classified as a compact car and was introduced to replace a number of models including the Dodge Omni, Plymouth Turismo and Plymouth Horizon. The standard engines were some of the same ones Dodge was using throughout its fleet of smaller vehicles including the Magnum, Rampage and Spirit.

The smallest of the Dodge Shadow engine sizes was the 2.2L K I4 power plant that achieved just 92hp and 122lb-ft of torque. Like all but one of the Shadow engines, it was a small-block 4-cylinder with straight-four design.

In size, the next step up was the 2.5L K-series I4. It produced a slightly-better 100hp with 135lb-ft of torque that improved quickness.

In the last few production years of this car, the largest of the Dodge Shadow engine sizes was used. Actually made by Mitsubishi, the 3.0L 6G72 V6 power plant boosted horse power to 142 while improving quickness with an impressive 171lb-ft of torque. This Mitsubishi engine was more powerful than the 2.5L turbocharged I4 and quickly became a more popular option.

Turbocharged Dodge Shadow Engine Sizes

The 2.2L and 2.5L engines were introduced with Garrett-designed intercooled turbochargers. Five different performance levels were achieved in these Dodge Shadow engine sizes and powertrains. The 2.2L I4 was produced in models with these specs: 146hp and 170lb-ft of torque; 175hp and 175lb-ft of torque; and 174hp and 210lb-ft of torque. These engines were available in limited models including the Shelby T2, the 87 CSX, the CSX-VNT and the High Torque ECU 91.

Dodge Shadow Transmissions

Performance enthusiasts enjoyed the five-speed manual transmission available on the Dodge Shadow that allowed them to get the most of the ride. In 1990, this manual transmission was redesigned to make it easier to shift into reverse.

A Chrysler Torqueflite three-speed automatic transmission was available as an option on all of the four-cylinder Dodge Shadows. On the six-cylinder models, the Chrysler 41TE four-speed automatic transmission was available as an option.

In 1996, the Dodge Neon was introduced, and the days of the Dodge Shadow were over.