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Increase Performance on 1.6 156 engine ???

Rob Waddington

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Hi all, I'm picking up my lovely pearlescent white 2014 car this week. I haven't driven the 156 BHP petrol yet and am a bit scared that I will be disappointed with the 0 to 60.
Is there a tried and tested mod to up the power a bit.
Where should I start.? Remapping, air filter, fancy hoses....?

Cheers Rob
 

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I think the remap is probably a good starting point and then it depends how far down the rabbit hole you want to go 🤔🏎
 

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Thanks. Love yer motor. I wonder what increase performance I might get ? Guess I will ring some engine tuners tommorow.
 

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What car are you currently driving, Rob?
 

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For the last couple of years I have driven a Ford Focus 1.6 ecoboost with 180 bhp. Its quick enough for me at 7.5 secs to 60 and has decent torque. As opposed to 8.3 for the RCZ 156.
I realise that maybe I should hold out for an RCZ 1.6 200 but I love this car and got it cheap, leaving about £600 to play with it.
 

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You will find that the RCZ “feels” faster than your focus when driving it. It looks faster, even when parked 👍
 

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Hhhhaaaaa. I think you are right. Not wishing to waste dealers time I have only managed to drive the Diesel RCZ which was very quick (once you got into the power zone)
Don't know how the 156bhp will compare. Guess I will have to drive it and see.
Thanks for your comment
 

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Hi all, I'm picking up my lovely pearlescent white 2014 car this week. I haven't driven the 156 BHP petrol yet and am a bit scared that I will be disappointed with the 0 to 60.
Is there a tried and tested mod to up the power a bit.
Where should I start.? Remapping, air filter, fancy hoses....?

Cheers Rob
Quad exhaust & a Fast flow air filter is classed as a stage 1 Then a remap up to maybe 190/200 etc is on the stage 2 mark but you need to take into account the forces on the Engine Parameters with the extra power plus you will by increasing the BHP decrease the life of the plugs & Oil etc
You might consider taking it to the 190 spec to see how it performs but whatever you do don't remap without a Rolling road diagnostic readout to check the health of the Engine & ECU systems etc
Definitely go to a recommended tuner with all the right gear not a "Knock on the Door me laptops in the van Jobber" otherwise you will get your wallet burnt for sure & end up with a nightmare comes true scenario
 

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Many Thanks Pedro. That's just the info I need. I wonder what sort of bhp I could expect with stage 1 ?
 

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Hhhhaaaaa. I think you are right. Not wishing to waste dealers time I have only managed to drive the Diesel RCZ which was very quick (once you got into the power zone)
Don't know how the 156bhp will compare. Guess I will have to drive it and see.
Thanks for your comment
I test drove a 156 before buying my 200. I was impressed by the power of the 156, but I was coming from a Renault Megane CC which as they reported on Top Gear weighed a couple of Kg less than a Chieftain Tank.
The 200 was something else. It was the fastest production car Peugeot had made until the R came along. I have only once been out accelerated in all the time I’ve had it, and that was by a Seat Leon, that had clearly had a bit of work done under the hood.

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
 

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Thank you so much. I am looking forward to my drive. I have been checking on remapping the 156 and DC Remapping and Rolling Road in Warrington say they can easily and safely get 180bhp from a stage 1 remap, without having to change the exhaust or anything. Seems the route to go. Its the same bhp as my Focus S which I am happy with.
 

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An RCZ or a Ford Focus. Hmmmm... Tough choice! 🤣
 

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I know hhhhaaaaaa but I have enjoyed the Focus S performance and handling. Looking forward to mu new BEAUTIFUL motor
 

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Many Thanks Pedro. That's just the info I need. I wonder what sort of bhp I could expect with stage 1 ?
Many Thanks Pedro. That's just the info I need. I wonder what sort of bhp I could expect with stage 1 ?
Stage 1 Changing the Air Filter & exhaust set up will give slight gains with faster Air flow on acceleration & more Exhaust gasses freely escaping through the Quad Tail pipes but remapping the ECU is the biggest difference for power gain because it advances the dynamics of the Engines output as per the throttle demand for more fuel & air & increases in Torque through the gears
After I bought the GT 200 I was not impressed by the 1 to 2 gear power ratio mainly due to legislated laws governing emissions their power is hampered by configured programmes in the ECU but I'm Very tempted after the lock down to get rid of the "drag" on start off which is evident on these cars with a proper remap
 

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I thought the 2 litre diesel I drove had absolutely nothing in first and second gear. Seemed like a big cock up by Peugeot.
I'm sure the 156bbhp will be a lot better in this respect. Thanks to all. I am reassured that buying the car is s good idea. If I do find it too much of a "hairdressers car" I can have it tweaked at reasonable cost and have a beautiful looking sports car that actually has a bit of umph !
Looking at cost per pound of umph. mapping seems a cheaper option for the moderate 180bhp performance I need. I was quoted about 400 quid for a quad exhaust Gulp !
The tuning guy says you can dump the cat and still pass your MOT. :rolleyes: HHHmmmm Not sure about that one
 

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You will be happy with a remap as I am high flow filter and your done you could always add stripes they’re good for another 10bhp at least 😏
 
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