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    As a kid with a father as a motor mechanic, I got to see lots of different cars pass though our backyard shed. He did a bit of W/E work for family and friends. Most of the cars were easily forgettable Australian, British and Japanese stuff. Until a family friend brought in his privately imported CX, when he immigratted from Great Britain. Its exterior styling caught my eye immediattely. But it was sitting inside that futuristic cockpit and trying to understand those strage dials/drums, that is still burned in my memory.

    Anyway my memory 30 years later is of my father having to remove the head to replace some valves due to a broken cam belt. So from then on till only a few years ago I just assumed that all the Australian delivered CX's had the same engine. On seeing CX's recently and looking at the spark access the through the valve cover, well it just reinforced that it was an overhead cam engine (Yes I know Chrysler hemis have spark plug access through the valve cover).

    So my question is was the Douvrin engine used only for some markets or specific CX models? Was a turbo version used in the CX?. Was the Douvrin engine used in the CX to justify PSA's investment in it as it seems that the older generation OHV engine was used right till the end of the CX's life.

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    As usual Im happy to be correctted for any errors I've made.

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    The Douvrin was shared by Peugeot and Renault as well. It appeared in least expensive CX variants as an alternative to the small old pushrod engines. CXs at the top end kept the old pushrod motor in various and Turbo guises till the end I believe.Models named Reflex and Athena were Douvrin powered as well as some of the lesser second facelift CXs with the moulded palstic bumpers.From memory it was available as 2 or 2.2 .. no doubt some with more knowledge will contribute. I believe a Douvrin engined CX in this country would have to be a private import. There was a cherry red one in Brisbane years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fritzelhund View Post
    The Douvrin was shared by Peugeot and Renault as well. It appeared in least expensive CX variants as an alternative to the small old pushrod engines. CXs at the top end kept the old pushrod motor in various and Turbo guises till the end I believe.Models named Reflex and Athena were Douvrin powered as well as some of the lesser second facelift CXs with the moulded palstic bumpers.From memory it was available as 2 or 2.2 .. no doubt some with more knowledge will contribute. I believe a Douvrin engined CX in this country would have to be a private import. There was a cherry red one in Brisbane years ago.
    Yeah, only private imports. For technical details your probably better off posting in the Renault section. You know it was probably really nice in a CX due too it's light weight. It sure wouldn't be a speed machine though

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    Quote Originally Posted by fritzelhund View Post
    The Douvrin was shared by Peugeot and Renault as well. It appeared in least expensive CX variants as an alternative to the small old pushrod engines. CXs at the top end kept the old pushrod motor in various and Turbo guises till the end I believe.Models named Reflex and Athena were Douvrin powered as well as some of the lesser second facelift CXs with the moulded palstic bumpers.From memory it was available as 2 or 2.2 .. no doubt some with more knowledge will contribute. I believe a Douvrin engined CX in this country would have to be a private import. There was a cherry red one in Brisbane years ago.
    Really good engines! I imagine not ideal for the CX as the R20/30 cars would have been somewhat lighter than a CX, but I might stand correction there. Good for 200,000 miles or more properly maintained.
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    The cherry red cx 20 reflex is now in Grafton.

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    There is one in southern Sydney getting restored. Bought from Continental Cars many years ago

    They were at least as quick as the 1985/2175cc variants of the old motor and a bit more economical
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    That one in Grafton was bought by the fellow to paddock bash in. He intended to teach his daughter to drive in it. The interior was shagged and it rather rusty. I dare say it's a sight worse now.
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