A new generation of motor oils by LIQUI MOLY
Top Tec 6100 for BMW and Top Tec 6200 for Volkswagen
March 2017 – Ever more efficient motors require ever more efficient motor oils. That's why German oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY is now launching two motor oils on the market, which fulfill the latest BMW and Volkswagen requirements: Top Tec 6100 and Top Tec 6200. They represent a generational leap in motor oil technology.
Both oils were developed for the Euro 6 emissions standard. This means they are less viscous than conventional oils. The lower the viscosity of the oil, the lower its inner resistance in the motor. "For car manufacturers this is one of many adjusting screws in order to reduce fuel consumption and therefore also emissions values", explains Oliver Kuhn, deputy head of the LIQUI MOLY oil laboratory.
Top Tec 6100 fulfills the Longlife-12 FE BMW standard and, with a viscosity of 0W-30, the oil is still within the conventional range. The story is different for Top Tec 6200 with VW approvals 50800/50900. As a 0W-20 grade, it is a particularly low viscosity oil. "That is a big leap for Volkswagen", explains Oliver Kuhn. Top Tec 6200 should not be compared with other oils that also have the same, low 0W-20 viscosity grade.
"Both new Top Tec oils are special oils that are suitable for special motors only. They are not backwards compatible and must under no circumstances be added to another motor," says Oliver Kuhn. The oils are too low viscosity for these motors: the lubricating film is consequently very thin and a high level of motor wear can occur. In order to minimize the risk of mix up, the new oils have a different design to the other oils of the LIQUI MOLY Top Tec series. Also, they do not feature the 4000 numbering as previously all Top Tec oils have, but are the first oils with 6000 numbering.
It is not just car drivers and garages that need to pay attention when using the new oils, but also LIQUI MOLY in production because the new oils are particularly demanding in production. "Mixing new oils is a highly precise process," says Oliver Kuhn. Only minimal deviations from the recipe result in the mixed oil being rendered useless.
"Now it's getting really dangerous"
The growing variety of motor oils holds dangers for car drivers, warns Oliver Kuhn of LIQUI MOLY
March 2017 – Car manufacturers demand more and more new oils and the variety of oil types is growing and growing. LIQUI MOLY is launching two types of the latest oil generation on the market in the form of Top Tec 6100 and Top Tec 6200. Oliver Kuhn, deputy head of the LIQUI MOLY oil laboratory, explains the advantages of the particularly low viscosity oils and warns of dangers for car drivers and garages.
Why are motor oils getting continuously less viscous?
Oliver Kuhn: This is down to the car manufacturers. Their cars are to consume less and less fuel and emit fewer and fewer emissions. In order to achieve this, they have to turn many different adjusting screws. One of these adjusting screws is the motor oil. Oil does lubricate the motor, however, it also restricts it at the same time. A thick, viscous oil restricts the motor more than a thin oil. Thanks to a low viscosity oil the consumption can be reduced by two to three percent.
Should I use low viscosity motor oil now, too?
Only if the motor is set up for it. A low viscosity oil in a conventional motor leads to massive wear and catastrophic motor failure not long after that. If it was important to check you were using the right motor oil before, now it's getting really dangerous. That's why you should always check first in the manual or in our Oil Guide at www.liqui-moly.com whether the oil is approved for your car.
Why isn't there one oil that fits all cars?
Oil is a liquid spare part nowadays, which is precisely aligned to a specific motor type. Just as there are no standard brakes for all cars, there is no oil for all cars.
Will there be even lower viscosity oils in the future?
Yes, the trend is headed in that direction. The industry is already working on 0W-16 and 0W-12 grade viscosities. These viscosities are moving ever more towards water.
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About LIQUI MOLY
With around 4,000 items, LIQUI MOLY offers a global, uniquely broad range of automotive chemicals: Motor oils and additives, greases and pastes, sprays and car care, glues and sealants. Founded in 1957, LIQUI MOLY develops and produces exclusively in Germany. There it is the undisputed market leader for additives and is repeatedly voted the best oil brand. The company led by Ernst Prost sells its products in more than 120 countries and generated 489m euros in sales in 2016.