Tuning and mods for the Citroen Saxo

"SAXOn warrior"

Time to look at the tuning options for the Saxo.

Being a popular car it has many parts and performance options so we'll outline the best ways to improve your car.

The Citroen Saxo was introduced back in 1996 and was very closely related to the Peugeot 106 sharing many common parts and components.

Many high performance parts can be sourced from the Peugeot 106 parts bin so with a bit of research you should be able to save money and have a wider choice of Saxo mods.

Engine tuning mods.

These mods sports modifications are usually installed by our members, decide how far you wish to go in your tuning project before you begin.

Getting the best performance mods for your planned usage of the car is essential. Stage 3 motor sport mods just won't work well on the road and will make the car undrivable.

Stage 1 mods: Sports exhaust, Remap, Suspension upgrade (drop 30-40mm), Panel air filter, Alloy wheels, Lighter flywheel.

Stage 2 mods: Power/Sport clutch, high flow fuel injector, fuel pump upgrades, Fast road cam, Ported and polished head.

Stage 3 mods: Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger), Sports gearbox, Engine balancing, Competition cam, Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves).

Your aim when modding the engine should be a flat and wide torque curve. You don't want all the torque to be at the top end unless you are creating a competition car.

The VTS enjoys a more powerful 16 valve engine (the VTR has only 8) which produces 120 brake horsepower.

It propels the car to 60 in around 7.6 seconds and makes the Saxo a very capable track car or fun road car.

TorqueCars have seen the Saxo outperform much more powerful cars on very short twisty tracks where the nimble handling and quick steering reactions come into play.

The car is very agile and the best models for suitable tuning projects would include the 1.6 VTR and the 1.6 VTS.

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The Saxo is very popular with young drivers as it is cheap to run and insure and there is certainly no shortage of tuning parts available for it. The first modifications you want to do to a Citroen Saxo is outbreak the brakes and you will find that the disc brakes from a Peugeot 306 will fit nicely.

The Saxo is a very nimble car which can outperform more powereful cars on short twisty tracks!

Engine swaps are also very straight forward with the Saxo and you can, with relative ease insert the 1.6 engine into a car fitted with the 1 litre engine and enjoy almost three times as much power. With so many suitable engines available from breakers yards this becomes a very low cost performance modification.

You will also need to upgrade the security on the car (only the VTS model comes with reasonable security equipment), TorqueCars would suggest a deadlock and immobiliser. There are a few tuning companies which can provide turbo conversions offering astronomical power gains! These can be quite costly and require a fair bit of engine work.

Due to its light weight and small proportions, any amount of tuning has a noticeable impact on the car's performance. For the ultimate track day car remove the back seats fit a roll cage, and get some lightweight alloy wheels. As far as the engine goes you should get the head properly gas flowed and ported, fit an induction kit and sports exhaust and apply a fast road cam. A fuel pressure boost felt will also increase the response in acceleration from rest.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Alloy wheels will help the brakes cool down and are generally lighter than steel ones. We'd like to point out although they can look cool on the Saxo big alloy wheels will actually decrease your performance. The larger you go the lower your acceleration will be - this to the change in your effective final drive ratio.

Due to this endeavour to keep the overall rolling diameter of the wheel your OEM settings. In all cases without going bigger than 16 inches.

Please browse our tuning tips pages and join the forum to discuss the best tuning methods and modifications for your Saxo with our other dedicated Saxo tuners.

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  1. jayden says:

    Can some one tell me in detail how to turbo a citron saxo vtr 1.6 16v



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