Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Granite Bay, CA, USA
An excellent article.
I suppose that an if the engine was designed such that greater performance may be obtained by advancing the ignition timing greater than would be supported by normally available fuel, then maybe a bit of a power increase could be found.
Unfortunately, the Car and Driver article didn't go that far with the testing.
My expectation would be that even the mighty BMW K motor is designed for maximum results using nominal "premium" grade fuels and that the extra Octane would result in, at best, a minor increase in power, say 0 - 3%.
But,that's just my SWAG. A side by side test would be most interesting.
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