TThe Type 89 Excel was built from 1982 to 1992. The front engined, rear wheel drive layout was based on the design of the earlier Eclat which itself was based on the type 75 Elite.
Fist launched in October 1982, the Excel received two major upgrades during it's ten year production run. With the introduction of the Excel SE (a 180bhp engine vs the standard 160 bhp engine) in October 1985. The bumpers, wings and interior were all changed along with a new dashboard. In October 1986, the Excel SA with an automatic gearbox was introduced. Further facelifts in 1989 saw the same wing mirrors as on the Esprit as well as 15" OZ alloys.