Peugeot 306 Engine
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About the Peugeot 306 engine
This is a small family car built by the French car manufacturer Peugeot from 1993 to 2002 replacing the 309. Peugeot gave the 306 many updates and aesthetic changes to keep up the competition but it was replaced by the 307 in 2001.
Mechanically, the 306 is virtually identical to the Citroën ZX, which was launched two years before the 306: both cars use the same floor pan and core structure.
A mystifying array of different model types was offered during the life of the Phase 1 model, including Genoa, XSS, X, XT, XRdt and Xd. Later there were various added ‘performance’ models, such as the S16, XSi and GTI-6 (petrol) and the D-Turbo S (diesel).
Peugeot Phase 1 with Petrol engines
The initial petrol engines used were proven four-cylinder units, which had gained a solid reputation in Peugeot models such as the 205, 309 and 405. At first, all mainstream models were powered by derivatives of the TU series 8-valve engine, in 1.1, 1.4 and 1.6 litre guises. The 1.1 was dropped quickly, but the 1.4 and particularly the 1.6 variants sold well; the latter offering a good balance between performance and economy.
Three larger-capacity units were available, but restricted to automatic and performance models. These engines were developments of the larger XU series units which had been used in the 205 GTi 1.9, and larger 405 models. A 1.8 litre version powered cars with both manual (not many 1.8 manuals were produced) and automatic transmission; while two versions of the 2.0 litre engine in 8- and 16-valve guises powered the XSi and S16 models respectively. In Australia, the only engines available were the 1.8 and 2.0L engines.
Peugeot Phase 1 with Diesel engines
Peugeot had an excellent reputation for its diesel engines, and the 306 was originally offered with the XUD series diesel engine in both normally-aspirated and turbocharged forms. This engine was initially a 1.8 litre unit, but its capacity was soon enlarged to 1.9 litres.
The turbocharged version quickly gained a reputation for being a good match for the exceptional handling of the 306. Not only did its outright performance match many similarly-sized petrol cars – almost certainly a first for an affordable mainstream diesel – but the carefully-designed installation ensured its considerable extra weight did not upset the car’s handling. The Indirect Injection XUD Diesel is popular for conversion to run on vegetable oil.
Peugeot Phase 1 with Performance models Peugeot created a D-Turbo “crazy” version; this was essentially a petrol XS model with the diesel unit installed. As well as being the first affordable “performance diesel” the D-Turbo is also accredited with being the first conventional diesel specifically designed to appeal to the keener driver as much as the economically minded driver. It was a popular seller in all its various phases throughout the life of the car. Most D-Turbo had 3 doors but there are a few rare examples of 5-door D-Turbo.
The D-Turbo and XS variants were fitted as standard with front fog lights, body-coloured bumpers with deeper spoilers, sports seats and different steering wheel, and a wider, chromed exhaust tailpipe; 14-inch alloy wheels were an optional extra. The models fitted somewhere between the XR and XT variants in terms of standard equipment.
The XSi 8v 2.0 Petrol had the addition of subtle side skirts and the optional extra of 15-inch five spoke alloy wheels. These became standard shortly after.
The S16 was replaced with the more powerful GTI-6 in 1996. It had more power courtesy of a reworked engine, a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox and some subtle chassis revisions. The GTI-6 engine was more flexible than that in the S16, and the new gearbox made it easier to use the engine more effectively.
Dturbo Mechanical Turbo Diesel Engines
The Dturbo was originally powered by the Peugeot XUD9TE diesel engine which was a 1.9 litre turbocharged unit developing 92bhp of power and 145 lb/ft of torque. To aid air cooling a top mounted intercooler was fitted with air ducts running from the front of the engine bay under the bonnet skin. The XUD9TE is a mechanically controlled indirect injection engine which can be easily tuned with no specialist tools required.
Dturbo HDi Turbo Diesel Engine In 1999 the mechanical XUD9TE engine was replaced with a new common rail diesel engine. This engine was a 2 litre 8 valve Peugeot DW10TD and was a High pressure Direct Injection (HDi) unit. Despite producing slightly lesser power than the engine it replaced at 90bhp the HDi engine offered increased fuel effectiveness and a healthy 167 lb/ft of torque. The Peugeot HDi90 engine fitted in the 306 did not include an intercooler and as a result the late model Dturbos suffered less from turbo lag.
Peugeot Phase 2 New engines were offered, with both 1.8 and 2.0 petrol engines gaining 16 valve cylinder heads together with modest power increases.
Peugeot Phase 3 Peugeot 306 XS, XSi and D Turbo models have diesel variants, the ageing XUD engine had been replaced by the newer, more refined HDi engine, which featured common rail injection. Some base models made use of the DW8 normally aspirated diesel engine.
Peugeot Official Fuel Economy This range is known as a reliable and fuel efficient car to run. In the UK petrol models with an engine size of less than 1.5 litres attract a reduced rate of road tax so the 1.4 petrol is not only fuel efficient but cheap to tax and insure.
If you need an efficient engine for fuel then consider the diesel engine. The Dturbo has been fitted with a 1.9 litre turbocharged diesel engine which is not only efficient to drive but is also reasonably quick with power of 92bhp. The diesel models were also offered with a dependable but sluggish 1.9 naturally-aspirated diesel engine producing 70bhp. Later models include the HDi which uses a tremendously efficient diesel engine producing 90bhp.
Peugeot turbo-diesel engines are rumored by some to be detuned at the factory, and the diesel tuning is a popular and easy DIY tuning process that can yield both better fuel economy and higher bhp output from the mechanical turbocharged diesel engine.
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