ILSAC GF-6 Overview

To meet changing fuel economy and emissions standards, modern engine hardware has evolved and requires higher performing lubricants. Engine downsizing, turbocharging, gasoline direct injection (GDI or TGDI), variable valve timing, and the introduction of stop/start, hybrid and electric technologies mean GF-5 tests simply do not measure up to the demands placed on modern lubricants.

The automotive industry’s recent licensing of the supplemental lubricant category API SN PLUS to mitigate low-speed pre-ignition (LSPI) observed in vehicles equipped with GDI engines is a start, but there are still more issues that require a better lubricant solution. The new ILSAC GF-6 will balance these equally important needs:

  • Fuel economy and fuel economy retention
  • Emission system compatibility
  • Engine oil robustness to protect engines from wear related to idle stop and failures related to LSPI and turbocharger depositing

This performance standard will include two separate specifications – GF-6A to represent the existing ILSAC viscosity grades and GF-6B will be defined for 0W-16 viscosity grade oils only.

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

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

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Preparing for ILSAC GF-6

Preparing for ILSAC GF-6

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How Specification Development Impacts Society

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The Real Impact of Engine Oil Performance

The Real Impact of Engine Oil Performance

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Delivering Necessary LSPI Protection—and Beyond

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