Blog: Graeme RobertsAn octane boost for US petrol?

Graeme Roberts | 10 April 2014

Ever been bemused at the low octane ratings of US petrol? Pull up to a pump and you get options like 87, 89, 93.

In Australia it's 91 for regular; here in UK the minimum is 95, with 98 and 99 sometimes available. Europe also has 91.

Until now, I've never seen any complants from the US, apart from the odd magazine road tester commenting a test car (usually from Europe) would go better if the higher octane available in the homeland could be had in the US.

But now, Big Three powertrain chiefs have (politely) said something higher than 91 would be nice. Wonder if it'll happen?


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