BMW Specifications

BMW issue their own sets of requirements for service fill engine oils used in their vehicles. These specifications detail the viscosity grades, ACEA oil sequence and additional physical, chemical and engine testing that must be conducted in order to obtain an approval.

Each individual specification’s name contains reference to the year in which it was first introduced. For example, BMW Longlife 04 was first introduced in 2004. These specifications are periodically updated when testing requirements change. All applications for approvals against BMW’s specifications are made directly to BMW following their approval procedure. 

ACEA 2016 Compliance Deadline: December 1, 2018

ACEA 2016 Compliance Deadline: December 1, 2018

From December 1, 2018, all engine lubricant formulations making ACEA performance claims must comply with the latest ACEA 2016 European ... Read More
Proposed Changes to the ACEA Light-Duty Oil Sequences

Proposed Changes to the ACEA Light-Duty Oil Sequences

The Light-Duty Sequences consist of detailed sets of specifications for light-duty diesel and gasoline engines, with differentiations for those with ... Read More
How Specification Development Impacts Society

How Specification Development Impacts Society

The certification of lubricant performance has important ramifications—not just for product performance, but for society at large ... Read More
The Real Impact of Engine Oil Performance

The Real Impact of Engine Oil Performance

The current process for certifying engine oil performance has some major implications not just for engine performance, but for the ... Read More
ACEA 2016 Becomes Mandatory

ACEA 2016 Becomes Mandatory

ACEA 2016 became mandatory on December 1, 2017 for all new formulations making performance claims against an ACEA Oil Sequence ... Read More
ACEA Oil Sequences in China

ACEA Oil Sequences in China

Vehicles sold by European OEMs in China are designed to comply with European emissions ... Read More

Making a Positive Impact on the Environment—And the Bottom Line

Introduced in 2016, durable and efficient API FA-4 lubricants can deliver significant operational benefits for fleet owners and operators. So ... Read More

The New Renault RN17 Specification

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Efficiency Benefits from Durable and Efficient Engine Lubricants

It is widely recognized that utilizing lower viscosity grade engine lubricants delivers increased fuel efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions ... Read More

Critical Considerations in the Pursuit of Sustainability

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Electrification and Ongoing Disruption of the Powertrain

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The Upgraded PSA B71 2290 Specification

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Reduced SAPS Lubricants

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Adoption of ILSAC GF-6A, GF-6B And API SP Categories

Earlier this month, the American Petroleum Institute (API) officially announced the adoption of the new International Lubricant Specification Advisory Committee ... Read More
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