Engine Renault G8T

The 2.2-liter Renault G8T diesel engine was assembled at the company’s plant from 1993 to 2002 and was installed on the largest concern models of its time, such as Laguna, Safrane and Espace. There was an atmospheric modification of this diesel engine with 83 hp and a turbocharged 113 hp.

The G-series diesel line also includes: G9T and G9U.

In 1993, an atmospheric 2.2-liter diesel debuted on the first generation Renault Laguna. It stood out with an unusual cylinder head with one camshaft for 12 valves and hydraulic lifters. Otherwise, this is an ordinary pre-chamber diesel engine with a cast-iron block and a timing belt drive.

In 1996, a turbocharged version appeared, thanks to which the power was raised from 83 to 113 hp. The supercharged modification of the diesel engine, in addition to the Laguna, was installed on the Safrane liftback and the Espace minivan.

The engine was installed on:

  • Renault Avantime 1 (D66) in 2001 – 2002;
  • Renault Espace 3 (J66) in 1996 – 2000;
  • Renault Laguna 1 (X56) in 1993 – 2000;
  • Renault Safrane 1 (B54) in 1996 – 2000.


Production years 1993-2002
Displacement, cc 2188
Fuel system prechambers
Power output, hp 83 (atmospheric)
113 (turbocharged)
Torque output, Nm 142 (atmospheric)
234 – 250 (turbocharged)
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 87
Piston stroke, mm 92
Compression ratio 23.0 (atmospheric)
22.0 (turbocharged)
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Recommended engine oil 5W-40, 10W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 7.5
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 1/2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Renault Laguna 1999)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~500 000
Weight, kg 218

Disadvantages of the Renault G8T engine

  • This diesel engine is afraid of overheating, its head is often deformed and even cracked, which is usually indicated by the appearance of air bubbles in the expansion tank. So watch your cooling system.
  • Saving on lubrication in this engine often leads to wear on the camshaft cams. In the most neglected case, this turns into a belt jump and breakage of the rockers. Also, from cheap oil, hydraulic lifters start knocking quite quickly here.
  • Even in this diesel engine, lubricant leaks regularly occur from under the oil cooler rings, numerous air pipes constantly crack, and sometimes the fuel line.

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