BMW E10 Safety Assurance - E.U. Official Press Release


BMW Europe: Official Press Release

E10 Safety Assurance

In response to current media reports that state otherwise, the BMW Group underlines its unchanged position on the issue of E10.

For BMW customers, there will be no changes as a result of the introduction of the new E10 fuels. E10 is the classification for petrol fuels with an ethanol content of up to 10%, which German legislation plans to introduce as part of the implementation of the new EU FQD (Fuels Quality Directive 2009/30).

Fuels with a biogenic component will then be able to contribute to a welcome further reduction in CO2 emissions without the need for any vehicle upgrade.

E10 fuels can safely be used in all BMW passenger cars from any model year. Irrespective of the ethanol content, however, the minimum octane rating as specified in the user manual must be observed as before, since some older BMW models require Super Plus RON 98 to reduce knock (see table below).

With reference to MINI and Rolls-Royce automobiles, the BMW Group can only comment on the models that came onto the market under the umbrella of the BMW Group. This applies to all MINI models from the year 2000 and all Rolls-Royce automobiles from 2003, the launch year of the current Phantom model. E10 can likewise be safely used in these vehicles.

The following BMW passenger car models, for which the manuals explicitly demand 98-octane fuel, should run on Super Plus (E DIN 51626-1, issue date April 2010), as before:

YEARModelTSN
1960-1964700s, 700cs310, 311
1968-19772500, 2600, 2800, 2.8l, 3.0l, 3.0s, 3.0si, 3.3l, 3.3li329, 357, 358, 370, 371, 378, 383, 384, 389, 390
1968-19752800cs, 2.5cs, 3.0cs, 3.0csi, 3.0csl359, 363, 364, 380
1966-19752000tii, 2002ti, 2002tii, 2002turbo332, 360, 361, 369, 377
1962-19741600GT, 1600ti, 1800ti, 1800tisa321, 323, 326, 338, 341
1972-1981518 (92kW), 520, 525, 528, 520i, 525i, 528i, M5 535i373-375, 379, 382, 391, 394, 395, 401-403, 410, 415, 419
1965-19702000cs (88kW), 2000tilux315, 337
1975-1983315, 318i, 320i, 323i388, 405, 416-418, 437
1978-1983316385
1976-1983320404
1977-1986728, 730, 728i, 733i, 735i (145/160kW), 745i397-399, 412-414, 432, 444
1976-1989625cs, 628csi, 630cs, 633csi, 635csi (160kW)392, 393, 406-409, 411, 424, 425, 446, 467
1978-1984M 635csi (210kW)434
1978-1980M1301
1981-1987518, 518i, 520i, 525e (92/95kW), 525i, 528i, M 535i (141/160kW)420-423, 430, 435, 436, 442, 450, 451
1982-1994318i (77kW), 320i (92kW), 323i, 325e (95kW), M3302, 303, 305, 427-429, 433, 459
1982-1987316426, 500
1982-1987320i (95kW)452, 453, 477, 502
1982-1987325i (126kW)448, 449, 454
1952-1969Dixi, Goggo, 309, 501 bis 507, 602, 3200, Alpina B10300, 302, 303, 305, 307, 316, 320, 327, 328, 330, 331, 333-335, 345-351



In summary, on the basis of the KBA BMW Group inventory on 31.12.2007, around 32,000 petrol passenger cars (equivalent to approx. 1.2% of the total holdings of BMW Group passenger cars) have been recorded which will continue to run on Super Plus fuel (and not only when E10 fuels are introduced).

This means there will be no changes for BMW Group passenger car owners when the new fuels are introduced.

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