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

Understanding the Chinese Automotive Market (Part 1)

Robin Wang, Marketing Manager - China, discusses how the Chinese automotive market is changing as a result of the introduction ... Read More

Enabling the Migration to Modern Gasoline Direct Injection

At the 9th Global Lubricants Week in Moscow,Lubrizol presented about how the Russian automotive market will be impacted by new ... Read More

Disruptive Trends: Link Between Electrification & Autonomy

This video in our Disruptive Trends series looks at the link between autonomous vehicle development and battery electric vehicles ... Read More

Beyond TGDI: How Lubricants Aid Future Technologies

The future of passenger car engines will become increasingly diverse, and the lubricants industry must be prepared to meet evolving ... Read More

Disruptive Trends: Service & Repair

This video in our Disruptive Trends series looks at how vehicles are serviced and repaired, including how the relevant data ... Read More

EVs Need Different Lubes

The wave of vehicle electrification is coming and lubricant and additive companies must take into account the new technological challenges ... Read More

Testing and Developing Tomorrow’s Lubricants

Delivering lubricant technology that enables tomorrow’s engines requires new thinking about how we test and certify lubricants. And it can’t ... Read More

Mitigating LSPI Over the Drain Interval

A three-part propensity and durability test evaluates fresh and used oil performance to prevent the harmful effects of low-speed pre-ignition ... Read More
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