API Receives GF-7 Specification Request

Aug. 25, 2022

The new specification would be called GF-7 and would replace the current GF-6 specification.  

Aug. 25, 2022—The International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee made a request for the development of a new gasoline engine oil specification, and the request has been received by the co-chairs of Auto/Oil Advisory Panel and the chair of the API Lubricants Standards Group.

According to a press release, the anticipated name of the specification is ILSAC GF-7. The AOAP will perform an evaluation of the proposed specification, which would replace the current GF-6 specification. 

Goals regarding this specification include the ability to maintain backwards compatibility, the inclusion of 0W-12/0W-8 Low Viscosity Oils, the evaluation of ethanol fuel impact on tests, and the protection of future EPA/CARB requirements. 

The request hopes for a first-licensing date from API of Q2 2028 and no later.