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post #1 of 104 Old 12-02-2017, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Can the 2.0T adjust tuning for premium fuel?

The 252 hp and 272 torque are on regular gas. Does anyone know if the numbers improve while running premium? Would there be any benefit to running premium on this car at all?

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you'll have to re-tune.

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In addition to increasing the boost pressure.
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It will be no change, just wasting money on gas unless you tune it as stated above.
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I beg to differ.

The answer, at this time, is maybe.

We do know that modern engines reduce performance (for lack of a better word) when less than the recommended octane gas is used. So, until some actual tests are made that show how engine management handles different octanes, we don't know yet.
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I beg to differ.

The answer, at this time, is maybe.

We do know that modern engines reduce performance (for lack of a better word) when less than the recommended octane gas is used. So, until some actual tests are made that show how engine management handles different octanes, we don't know yet.
Agreed. At least Honda is honest and quotes hp/torque on regular unleaded (what octane? Around here, I think it's 87).

I'm considering the Lincoln MKZ awd w/3.3T. Ford rates that engine at 400hp/400 lb/ft torque, but using 93 octane gas. I have searched high and low for anyone to determine output figures on regular gas (87, or maybe 89 and 91).

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It's not like they threw a Civic Type R engine into the Accord and nerfed it in software. Physical changes were made to the engine to optimize it for regular 87 octane fuel.

I was just having this discussion with an engineer friend of mine yesterday. Higher octane fuel is slower burning. Sometimes burning premium in an engine that is optimized for regular will actually reduce performance, as the engine has to slow its timings to compensate for the slower burning fuel.
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As I understand things, if a manufacturer wants to give a boost for higher octane gas, it can set the timing for, say 89 and let the engine pull timing when 87 is used, and test it for the gubbmint using 87. If that is the case, 89 will give a boost. If, however, optimal timing is set for 87, there will likely be little, if any, gain.



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If premium is recommended, this is the engine's optimal fuel. It'll run on regular—albeit with the sensor invoking ignition timing that's less than that associated with MBT. And with less than Best Torque, there'll be less performance and an mpg hit.

If the engine is tuned for regular but fueled with something of higher octane, things are a tad more complex. Most modern knock-sensed ignitions seek MBT timing and thus, at least in theory, profit from the added octane. Some, though, have preset ceilings beyond which they won't advance.
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I'm considering the Lincoln MKZ awd w/3.3T. Ford rates that engine at 400hp/400 lb/ft torque, but using 93 octane gas. I have searched high and low for anyone to determine output figures on regular gas (87, or maybe 89 and 91).

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Hopefully, they don't pull an Ecoboost Mustang here, which is rated at 320 HP on premium, but only 260 HP on regular.

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I was just having this discussion with an engineer friend of mine yesterday. Higher octane fuel is slower burning. Sometimes burning premium in an engine that is optimized for regular will actually reduce performance, as the engine has to slow its timings to compensate for the slower burning fuel.
It indeed does, but it's more because of the fact that these economy engines only have one timing map for regular gas, nothing else. More premium engines have multiple maps for fuels with different octane ratings.

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It's not like they threw a Civic Type R engine into the Accord and nerfed it in software. Physical changes were made to the engine to optimize it for regular 87 octane fuel.

I was just having this discussion with an engineer friend of mine yesterday. Higher octane fuel is slower burning. Sometimes burning premium in an engine that is optimized for regular will actually reduce performance, as the engine has to slow its timings to compensate for the slower burning fuel.
Your friend is wrong, premium resists detonation better, but flame front speed is not reduced, and thus will not reduce power, at least that is how it was explained by engine/fuels engineer to me.
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Your friend is wrong, premium resists detonation better, but flame front speed is not reduced, and thus will not reduce power, at least that is how it was explained by engine/fuels engineer to me.
It's true that octane does not govern burn speed by itself. However, there's a difference between pump gas and race gas. Higher octane pump gas is blended in ways that result in lower burn speeds.

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It's true that octane does not govern burn speed by itself. However, there's a difference between pump gas and race gas. Higher octane pump gas is blended in ways that result in lower burn speeds.
our conversation covered unleaded race and pump gas. bottom line was premium will not reduce power in an engine designed for regular, even a product like VP 101 won't, it's just a waste of money.
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I guess we will have to wait until someone can get their 2.0t on a dyno and test this out to know for sure. both of my current cars have 2.0 turbos, but are tuned for premium. I am sure they would be ok on regular, but with reduced ignition timing and a loss of power. If you could use premium in the 2.0t accords for a boost in performance I am sure I would be willing to pay more and do that. The lease on my 428i gran coupe is up next august, and as an admirer of the fastback sedan design, the new accord definitely has my interest. Considering the touring model has more standard goodies than my BMW does, is just as fast and costs at least 10 grand less it is looking pretty likely I will get this as my next ride.
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I guess we will have to wait until someone can get their 2.0t on a dyno and test this out to know for sure. both of my current cars have 2.0 turbos, but are tuned for premium. I am sure they would be ok on regular, but with reduced ignition timing and a loss of power. If you could use premium in the 2.0t accords for a boost in performance I am sure I would be willing to pay more and do that. The lease on my 428i gran coupe is up next august, and as an admirer of the fastback sedan design, the new accord definitely has my interest. Considering the touring model has more standard goodies than my BMW does, is just as fast and costs at least 10 grand less it is looking pretty likely I will get this as my next ride.
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Yeah, I wish it had a liftback too. If it did and were RWD this would be an easy decision. The trunk is pretty huge though, and not having to open the rear window makes the visibility better.

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