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2011-05-13 09:16

TAKING F1 TO THE STREETS: Renault's new 1.6 Energy dCi 130 turbodiesel engine uses some trick F1 technology.

Renault's new generation turbodiesel engine relies heavily on the company’s association with Formula 1 to make the 1.6-litre, the company claims, the most powerful in its class.

The successor to the Renault’s 1.9 dCi 130 engine will be rolled out on the Scenic and Grand Scenic ranges before being introduced to the Megane range. The 1.6-litre Energy dCi 130 will reach South Africa in 2012.

The 1.6-litre develops 96kW at 4000rpm and 320Nm from 1750rpm, up to 80% of which is available from 1500rpm. The four-cylinder common-rail  is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.  

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the MPV's are quoted at eight litres/100km and 115g/km, respectively – figures Renault says are significantly lower than those of the 1.9-litre engine it will replace.


The "simple, yet efficient" engine has been in development since 2006. It uses several advanced technologies that have reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions significantly.

The engine is in line with Renault’s downsizing policy and engineers have used Renault’s F1 experience to incorporate a number of this sport’s technologies into the 1.6. This is particularly evident in the use of "square" engine architecture, transverse water flow to maximise cooling and a strong focus on reducing internal friction by using special surface treatments.

Renault is noted as the diesel expert within the Renault-Nissan alliance under the leadership of Carlos Ghosn and the Energy dCi 130 will be seen in a number of Nissan’s C-segment models, too. Nissan co-funded the development of the new engine.

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