Used Shelby-modified parts, but were not overseen by Carroll Shelby
1989 included a number of changes and revisions. The ‘Z’ designation was dropped. It received a new more streamlined front-end treatment that included cooling slots and a lower air dam to help improve wind dynamics. This gave it a distinct “wraparound” look.
A power bulge hood displayed “Intercooled Turbo” decal, integral parking/turn lights and new built-in driving lamps. New ground effect spoilers, a rear fascia and liftback “whale tail” spoiler were also added.The interior now came standard with the Chrysler Infinity I sound system and the leather-wrapped sport steering wheel.
Both were previously only available as options. Standard on the Shelby was the new 2.2-liter SOHC multipoint EFI inter-cooled Turbo II. It included a specially tuned intake manifold to provide better low-end response and higher acceleration output.
It was partnered with Dodge’s high-capacity five-speed close-ratio manual overdrive transaxle. Horsepower remained unchanged from the previous year delivering 174 hp @ 5200 rpm with 200 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm, compression ratio of 8.0:1.
The balance-shafted 2.5-liter SOHC multipoint electronic fuel injection Turbo I with three-speed automatic was a no-cost option on the Shelby. It produced 150 hp @ 4800 rpm with 180 lb-ft torque at 2000 rpm.
Shelby’s tight “S” curve-type suspension features race-tuned springs and toned gas-charged shocks. New stamped lower control arms with large-diameter in-line bushings are included for reduced abruptness and a smoother ride.
The power-assisted steering has a 14:1 ratio for quick response. Performance-tuned position-sensitive struts and shocks, spring rates, and large solid antisway bars. All part of the Shelbyís maximum performance suspension.
New Standard ultra-high performance four-wheel vented front and rear disc brakes. The Shelby system features larger calipers and rotors than the standard system. It has 241.7 square inches of front and 177.8 square inches of rear brake “swept” area.
Tires were P205/55VR16 Goodyear Eagle unidirectional, speed-rated performance handling radials are mounted on new 16 inch light-weight aluminum unidirectional “pumper” wheels. Their contoured slots have been proven to assist brake cooling in racing applications.
EXTERIOR COLORS — Same as 1988
INTERIOR COLORS — Same as 1988
Standard on the Shelby — same as 1988
Optional: Cloth with vinyl trim Enthusiast bucket seats. Driverís seat has 18-way power for thigh, lumbar, seat back supports and lateral adjustments. Front seats have four-way adjustable head restraints and manual seatback recliners.
Optional: Sport leather with vinyl trim Enthusiast bucket seats. Driverís seat has 18-way power, thigh, lumbar, seatback supports and lateral adjustments. Front seats have four-way adjustable head restraints and manual seatback recliners. Rear seats are simulated leather. Leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Compact Disc Player (CD) — Operates through radio (cup holders deleted)
Instrument Cluster — Electronic: includes analog display for tachometer, digital displays for fuel, odometer, speedometer, trip odometer; selectable three-function gauge for electrical system voltage, engine coolant temperature, engine oil pressure; warning lights for air bag system malfunction; brake system, check engine, high beams on, seat belt unfastened; turn signals
Electronic Speed Control
Rear Window Louvers
Wiper — Liftback
Standard on the Shelby: Chrysler Infinity I Sound System — AM/FM stereo, electronic tuning with memory scan, up-and-down seek-and-scan, DNR, electronic cassette tape players, Dolby B Noise Reduction and five-band electronic graphic equalizer, Infinity equalizer eight-speaker system, integral digital clock
Optional: Chrysler Infinity II Sound System — AM/FM stereo, electronic tuning with memory scan, up-and-down seek-and-scan, DNR, electronic cassette tape player, Dolby B Noise Reduction and five-band electronic graphic equalizer, Infinity equalizer eight-speaker system, integral digital clock
Electronic Equipment Discount Package — Electronic navigation — overhead console — dual-illuminated visor vanity mirrors — illuminated entry system — headlight extinguish time delay
Popular Equipment Discount Package — Same as 1988
T-Bar Roof Package — Same as 1988Production: 4,741
1990 brought numerous changes to the Shelby both inside and out. Under the hood was the new 2.2-liter SOHC MPI VNT (variable-nozzle turbocharger) intercooled Turbo engine with multipoint EFI is mated with a five-speed high-capacity close ratio manual overdrive transaxle offers 174 hp @ 5200 and 210 lb-ft @ 2400.
Full boost is up to 50% faster than the non-VNT engine and virtually eliminates Turbo “lag”. The VNT Turbo engine incorporates counter-rotating balance shafts which smooth operation throughout the engine speed range — A technology shared with the Porsche 944.A 2.5-liter SOHC multipoint EFI intercooled Turbo with three-speed automatic was available as a no cost option.
It produced 150 hp @ 4800 with 180 lb-ft @ 2000.Race-tuned front suspension included positive-sensitive gas-charged front struts that adjust automatically to road irregularities, power-assisted rack-and-pinion maximum control steering with a tight 14:1 ratio and oversized solid anti-sway bars.
The ultra-high performance four-wheel power-assisted vented disc brake system had larger calipers and rotors. Speed-rated P205/55VR16 unidirectional steel-belted radials were mounted on 16 inch cast aluminum unidirectional “pumper” wheels that help cool the brakes.
The exterior featured full wraparound front and rear fascias. Body side ground effects and rear “whale tail” spoiler. Integral fog lights were new for 1990 as was the Shelby a new monochromatic paint treatment.
The interior was completely redesigned into a racing-inspired, wraparound-style cockpit. The Shelby’s new instrument panel brought controls for head lamps, windshield wipers closer to the driver.
It included new analog gauges with 140 mph electromechanical speedometer and tachometer. New easy-to-reach panel controls with fingertip operation.
Cruise controls were now located on the sport steering wheel. The new center console houses the center-mounted brake lever, replacing the foot brake from previous years. Electronic suspension controls let you select three distinct ride levels.
The new Enthusiast driver’s seat had motorized lumbar adjustments and back-wing supports. Re-engineered climate control system increases airflow and comfort throughout the vehicle.The T-Top and digital dash were no longer available.
Standard on the Shelby: Cloth Enthusiast bucket seats
Optional: Cloth with vinyl trim power Enthusiast bucket seats
Optional: Sport leather with vinyl trim power Enthusiast bucket seats
INTERIOR COLORS — same as 1989
Black, Daytona Blue Metallic, Bright White, Flash RedRadiant Silver was dropped from the 1990 model year
Wiper — Liftback
Standard on the Shelby — Chrysler Infinity I Sound System — AM/FM stereo, electronically tuned with seek-and-scan, electronic cassette tape player with tape program music search, eight-speaker in six locations
Optional: Chrysler Infinity II Sound System — includes all the features of the Chrysler Infinity I Sound System plus a five-band electronic graphic equalizer and eight speakers in six locations
Auto Transaxle Package (no charge option) — Electronic speed control — 2.5-liter SOHC MPI Turbo engine — performance-tuned stainless Pentasteel exhaust system and the three-speed automatic transaxle with a high-stall torque converter and performance axle ratio — 90-amp alternator — integral turbo boost gauge — power bulge hood — “Turbo” hood decals
Popular Equipment Discount Package — air conditioning — automatic door locks — power windows — electronic speed control — dual power remote control heated mirrors — dual map/reading light* — underhood light* — cargo area light* — illuminated ignition-key-slot — glove box light — tilt steering column — fitted front floor mats (*standard on the Shelby)
Security Package — illuminated entry system — antitheft alarm for doors and hood — horn pulse — park lamps flash — disabled ignition
Overhead Convenience Package — Overhead console with sunglass and garage door opener storage — electronic compress — outside temperature display — dual illuminated visor vanity mirrorsProduction: 536 were built