RON95 vs RON97 different
RON95 vs RON97: Which is more batter for you?
We as road users travel almost every day and it has become part of a common and integral daily activity of our lives. For those of us who drive a motor vehicle, it is essential that we consider the longevity of fuel range and efficiency. Choosing the right fuel has a significant impact on car performance and its useful life, as well as financial savings.
The 2 most common types of fuel are RON95 and RON97, but how do they differ? Before we get there, we should understand the fundamental concept of RON.
What is RON? And what is the difference between 95 and 97? For starters, RON stands for Research Octane Number. A what? Basically, it describes the behaviour of fuel in the engine. Particularly during lower running temperatures. Also to note, having it is an attempt to simulate acceleration behavior for both low and high speeds. As for the differences between RON95 and RON97, the results are rather interesting.
What does RON represent?
RON is an abbreviation for “Research Octane Number”, a form of fuel quality and performance rating. RON determines the fuel’s ‘anti-knock’ quality or its resistance to pre-ignition. The higher the octane number, the more compression the fuel can withstand before detonating.
A higher compression ratio gives an engine a higher horsepower per engine weight than one with a lower compression ratio — making the engine “high performance”.
Probably the most commonly used variation of petrol, RON95 serves as the cheaper and value for money offering in the market. Known to many as the “yellow” pump, RON95 provides generally better fuel consumption for most car owners, which also means longer range for car owners. However, RON95 isn’t perfect as it does suppress the power output of the engine. Depending on some owners, if there isn’t much power, they’ll end up accelerating harder. Thus, creating a negative impact on the fuel consumption.
The other popular fuel choice comes the form of the “green” pump, or RON97. This particular fuel configuration is made more for the power user. When it comes to actual day to day usage, RON97 soldiers on as the fuel of choice. Why? Because it provides the best blend of performance and fuel consumption for most users. By most, I’m referring to users with cars that have an engine size larger than 2.5 liters. For those with engines smaller than that, it would be more of a waste of money. Which brings me on to the downside of using RON97, the price. Currently in Malaysia, there is no fixed pricing for the said petrol configuration as it fluctuates according to the week which means that it can be lower and higher depending on the figures added by the government. But even so, it is still significantly more expensive than RON95 which has its pricing fixed.
- Is RON97 better for engine?
- Can you mix RON95 with RON97?
- Does RON97 clean engine?
- Can I use 97 octane petrol?
- Does fuel expire?
A higher RON or grade does not necessarily equate higher quality as most of you would have thought but rather its ability to delay auto ignition.
Another common misconception is that fuel efficiency or power output can be improved by using fuel of higher octane than that recommended by the engine manufacturer. If your car is not made to consume RON97, using RON97 will not increase its performance.