The New Renault RN17 Specification

Aug 13, 2019

Renault RN17 is the latest 5W-30 mid SAPS service fill specification for gasoline and EURO 6 diesel vehicles. Renault has simplified their list of specifications by replacing their older specifications, RN700 and RN710, with RN17. The specification has been designed for turbocharged gasoline direct (TGDI) engines and includes gasoline particulate filter (GPF) protection and specific tests to ensure oxidation performance, piston cleanliness and sooted valvetrain wear performance.

In this video, Joanne Jones, Formulator, Alex Jones, Global Product Manager, and Damien Browne, Technical Manager, discuss the new specification in more detail and the impact on the market. 

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Video Transcript

Alex Jones, Global Product Manager, Consumer Engine Lubricants: Renault RN17 is the latest 5w30 service fill specification for Renault's gasoline and Euro 6 diesel engines.

Joanne Jones, Formulator, Consumer Engine Lubricants: It is likely to become a very large volume and important specification going forward for Renault, as they have managed to simplify their list of specifications by replacing the old gasoline specifications which were called RN700 and RN710.

Damien Browne, Technical Manager, Consumer Engine Lubricants: So the Renault RN17 specification is Renault's new mid-SAPS specification. Renault, like most OEMs, are very keen to ensure they protect the environment as much as possible. So in order to do this, they brought out these new technologies, GPFs in particular, for the global marketplaces. And this new specification is compatible with those.

Joanne: The most important for the RN17 specification are oxidation and piston cleanliness. There are specific tests within the RN17 specification, and this is alongside meeting the standard industry specifications which include soot performance, sludge performance, and also wear performance. The RN17 specification also brings some extra requirements in terms of soot and valve train wear performance. This is specifically for diesel engines, as the addition of soot usually changes the wear behavior within a valve train. Renault decided they needed extra protection for their specification as the hardware design was slightly different to that contained within the basic ACEA sequences. 

Damien: Moreover this specification has been designed for use with TGDI engines. TGDI engines, as we know, run much hotter, they run harder than their predecessors. So the specification has been designed to increase oil performance, so that the drain intervals that we've always known with Renault vehicles do not get reduced.

Alex: Renault RN17 is fully backwards compatible to Renault 700 and 710.

Joanne: Therefore, there is already a large car parc of vehicles in the European market that will be able to use an RN17 specified oil. New vehicles that are coming online from Renault will also require the RN17 specification.

Damien: Also, Renault have twinned with Nissan. Whilst not always did the specification of Renault go into Nissan vehicles, there is still that option, and it's a very big combined OEM globally.

Alex: Having an oil that covers Renault RN17 within an oil marketer's portfolio is important, as these vehicles will be coming into workshops for servicing, and the oil marketer needs to have full coverage to access workshop business.