Dacia Duster 1,5dci 116hp 4x2 Power Pack Upgrade
Recently, the Dacia brand has conquered a good share of the market, and its Duster 1.5dci 116hp is one of the best sellers. Let's quickly discuss the car's characteristics, especially the engine, which is a prerequisite for addressing tuning possibilities and performance increases.
For years Dacia has used a 1500 diesel derived from Renault, where the engines and the ECU software are customized, then installed under the hood of the various models, including those on the Duster 1.5dci.
Dacia Duster 1.5dci 116hp 4x2 Engine and Performance
It has a 4-cylinder in-line engine with a 1461 cc displacement, a turbocharger, intercooler, and a modern common-rail diesel injection system. Its maximum power is 116hp expressed at 3750 rpm, while the maximum torque value is 260Nm available at 2000 rpm. These values allow the SUV off-roader to reach a maximum speed of just over 180km/h and to accelerate from a standstill to 100km/h in 10.5 seconds (possibly the most disappointing aspect overall), which are the specs for a 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel-drive version.
How to Increase the Power and Torque of the Dacia Duster 1.5dci 116hp 4x2
A sophisticated handling of the diesel injection pressure and turbocharger pressure parameters allows for an excellent increase in engine response with high torque increases (remember we are dealing with a 1500), and the achievable torque increases are also high. In order to correctly manage such an advanced injection system, it is necessary to use an additional digital control unit that is able to process the signals of the engine management system in a precise and accurate way. This is achieved with a targeted intervention based on specific software developed for the Dacia 1500dci. The additional control unit is CHIPBOX, and it is properly programmed to act on the common rail pressure and MAP sensors. The results are very appreciable, namely +23hp and +45Nm of maximum torque. By installing the kit on the Dacia Duster 1.5dci, you can obtain approximately 140hp from the 1500 and, most importantly, engine torque of 305Nm. Remember that this torque value is the same as that of a good 3-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine, a value that allows you to move the approximately 14 quintals of the Duster's mass with greater ease. The main beneficiaries of this increase are acceleration (which is a little underwhelming, with over 10 seconds needed to reach 100 km/h starting from a standstill), recovery (the increased torque can easily be felt!), and also better hill-climbing. The maximum standard torque of this 1500dci is 2000 rpm, which is a bit high for the mass of the Duster but, by installing the CHIPBOX, the torque will be available even at lower engine speeds, which has a positive effect on elasticity and the possibility of reducing diesel consumption. With skillful use of the 6-speed manual gearbox and the greater engine torque available even at lower engine speeds, diesel consumption reductions of up to 10% can be achieved. Now, let's talk about the installation. As with other common-rail models, installation is simple. When you order the CHIPBOX kit online, you will receive an elegant box that contains not only the additional digital control unit but also the wiring harness with connectors similar to those found on the Duster engine, as well as instructions complete with photos that show you how to insert the connectors on the 1500dci engine harness easily. It is very simple, and you do not need to make any changes to the engine or to the ECU. It is a removable external kit that leaves no traces. At the risk of sounding repetitive, remember that the kit is produced by SELETRON completely in Italy and is the result of over 20 years of experience in the field of petrol and diesel car tuning.
Accelerator Pedal Add-on Unit for the 1,5dci 116hp 4x2 Dacia Duster
Another interesting kit provided by SELETRON (that can be installed with CHIPBOX for excellent results) is PEDALBOOSTER. It is an electronic add-on that simply connects to the accelerator pedal position sensor. This module is configurable and shipped, ready to be used on your Duster. It drastically reduces the annoying delay in responsiveness to the driver's commands, making the engine more ready and responsive. The result is more driving satisfaction than ever before, especially when installed together with the CHIPBOX add-on unit, which, as mentioned above, increases the power and torque of the Dacia Duster 1.5dci 116 hp to almost 140 hp and 305 Nm of maximum torque.
We have now described how to increase the power and torque of your 116hp common rail 1500 powered Duster. If you have another Duster model, you should know that we also provide specific upgrade kits for the other 1.5dci power versions (like the 86hp, 90hp, 107hp, 110hp, etc.) and the turbocharged engines, which we will talk about in the near future.
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