Do I Need to Use Premium Fuel in My Porsche?
Several differences separate luxury automotive brands from economy cars, from styling and performance capabilities to available technology features and safety systems. Additionally, many high-end vehicles require premium fuel when filling up at the gas pump. Does Porsche fall into that category? If you’re wondering whether premium or regular unleaded fuel is needed for your Porsche vehicle, you are in the right place.
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3 Fuel Options at the Gas Pump
First off, it’s important to note your 3 options for fuel at the gas station:
- Regular (85-87 octane rating)
- Mid-grade (88-90 octane rating)
- Premium (91-93 octane rating)
As you can see, each one has a corresponding rating based on its octane level. In general, higher octane fuel helps improve fuel economy and can provide extra power to your vehicle. It also comes at a higher cost, which prompts many drivers to wonder whether or not their vehicle actually needs premium fuel.
What Kind of Gas Does Your Porsche Need?
While any type of unleaded fuel can be used in Porsche models, the automaker strongly recommends using premium fuel, as each Porsche vehicle has been engineered to provide optimal performance when running on premium unleaded fuel. When in doubt, we encourage you to check the owner’s manual for your Porsche model in order to know what is recommended for your specific vehicle.
Premium fuel is necessary for engines with higher compression ratios (such as 11:7:1), which are susceptible to engine knocking when using lower octane fuel. If ignored, engine knocking can reduce fuel economy and possibly even cause damage to your engine.
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If you’d like to learn more about the importance of using premium fuel in your Porsche, we invite you to get in touch with our team at McDaniels Porsche.
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