Dodge Daytona C/S packages

This is actually a complicated issue as there were three different Daytona C/S packages. I will explain each one individually, however, and in chronological order to boot.

1986 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z C/S

In 1986 the first C/S package was introduced. It was basically just a "maximum performance" handling upgrade and could only be applied to a top-of-the-line Daytona Turbo Z; no lesser Daytonas received this package. For this specific application, the CS letters stood for Carroll Shelby.

When ordered, the C/S package upgraded the Turbo Z's suspension as follows: 32mm solid front sway bar (stock was 27mm), 28mm solid rear bar (stock was tubular), unique shocks and struts, 6.5" 'crab' wheels which were shod with 225/50VR-15 Goodyear Gatorback tires, and C/S badges on the fenders behind the front wheel wells. This package was sold for a scant $183 - a steal in any enthusiast's eyes.

1986 would be the only year for this specific C/S package; 7,704 were produced. All of its components (except the C/S badges) became standard equipment on the 1987 Daytona Shelby Z--the new ultimate Daytona. Thus the add-on package was phased out; for 1987 there was no C/S package. (It would have been redundant, after all.)

1988 Dodge Daytona C/S Performance package (option code AGB)

For 1988 the C/S package reappeared but it was quite a bit different from the 86 setup. As you may have read on my Daytona Shelby page, this vehicle was rapidly gaining weight. Weight, of course, is the enemy of speed and Dodge knew it. So they decided to create a new performance package: the C/S. This package featured the special handling bits and some go-fast goodies but could be added only to a base model Daytona. In this manner, the Daytona C/S weighed less than the all-out luxosport Daytona Shelby Z. Indeed, Dodge notes that a Daytona C/S is some 200 pounds lighter than a comparably-powered Shelby model!

The new C/S package featured the TurboI engine only but you could choose between a manual or automatic transmission. The car had a flat hood from the base car, plus the regular nosepiece and no sideskirts. 15x6.5-inch crab wheels were used as was the Performance Handling Suspension, Ultra High Performance brakes (from the Shelby Z), performance exhaust system, boost gauge, rear deck spoiler, and CS badges behind the front wheels.

There were approximately 2433 Daytona C/S models built for 1988 (4.5% of 54,075).

1989-1990 Dodge Daytona C/S - Performance (option code AGB)

Changes took place for the 1989 model year--now two flavors of Daytona C/S were produced. The Performance model became the lesser of the two. While most of the hardware remained as it was in 1988, updates included a switch to 15x6.0-inch EuroCast ('snowflake') wheels wearing 205/60 all-weather tires and the installation of the buldged hood with 'Turbo' decals. This package could still be equipped with an automatic transmission if so desired. 1990 was the last year for the C/S Performance package; for 1991 it morphed into the V6 Performance package which was available only on the mid-range Daytona ES.

For the 1989 model year, 2,236 C/S Performance Daytonas were built; for 1990 there were 401 produced (200 manuals and 201 automatics).

1989-1990 Dodge Daytona C/S - Competition (option code AGS)

The Competition C/S was the pinnacle of Daytona performance. This package began as the C/S Performance package with the following additions/substitutions: the TurboII engine was featured, 6.5" wide 'crab' wheels wearing 225/50VR-15 Goodyear Gatorback tires, the hood buldge decal now read 'Intercooled Turbo', the Maximum Performance Suspension (from the Daytona Shelby), and performance bucket seats. The C/S Competiton package could not feature an automatic transmission. Note that for 1990, all Daytona C/S Competition models featured the TurboIV engine instead.

For the 1989 model year, only 269 C/S Competition Daytonas were built; for 1990 the production figure is 21.

1991 Dodge Daytona C/S - Competition (option code AGS)

The C/S Competition was still produced into the 1991 model year with a few alterations. The most noteworthy was the powerplant: now that the TurboII was dead, the high-torque TurboI took its place. Also coming along for the ride was the high-capacity manual transmission, 16x6.0" pumper wheels with 205/55-16 Gatorback tires, and hood buldge decals that merely read 'TURBO'. No automatic transmission was offered, just as before. Sadly, this was the last year of the Daytona C/S packages.

I have no production numbers for the 1991 C/S model.

Modified: 12-2-02.