VW50500/50501 oils are Top Tier lower SAPS¹ lubricants designed for use in light duty direct injection diesel engines with unit injectors. In Europe, VW50400/50700 oils may also be used in many vehicle models where Volkswagen 50500 or 50501 is specified.

VW50500/50501 oils are typically high HTHS (≥ 3.5cP) SAE 5W-30 or 5W-40 based on API Group III base oils.

The main physical and chemical requirements for VW50500/50501 oils are shown below:

Requirement Method Unit Limit
HTHS viscosity CEC L-36-A-90 cP ≥ 3.5
Sulphated Ash DIN 51575 %wt ≤ 0.80
Phosphorus DIN 51399-1 %wt ≥ 0.07
Sulphur DIN 51399-1 %wt Report
Evaporation loss (NOACK) CEC L-40-A-93 % < 13
Total Base Number DIN 51639-1 mgKOH/g ≥ 7.0

Note 1: SAPS refers to Sulphated Ash, Phosphorus and Sulfur, the levels of which are often restricted in the latest performance specifications.

VW50500/50501 is usually coupled with ACEA C3, MB229.51, MB229.52, MB29.31, BMW Longlife-04, GM dexos2™ and Porsche A40 (5W-40 only).

For more information on VW50500/50501 oils, contact your Lubrizol representative.