LIQUI MOLY launches Special Tec AA 0W-8: A game-changing motor oil for Mazda and Toyota models

LIQUI MOLY's Oliver Kuhn knows that although modern engines are smaller, they are not subject to less stress, but rather more.

Modern engines require ever more modern motor oil, which is why the industry invests a great deal of development work in this area. Hybrids have special requirements in terms of motor oil.

As a result, LIQUI MOLY is launching its thinnest motor oil to date on the market with the Special Tec AA 0W-8.

LIQUI MOLY’s Oliver Kuhn knows that although modern engines are smaller, they are not subject to less stress, but rather more. Kuhn is Deputy Head of the Oil Laboratory at LIQUI MOLY.

“Such an engine often has to cope with high revs from a standstill, i.e. when cold,” Kuhn says. “This opens the door for water entry. Oxidation resistance as well as heat and corrosion protection are additional parameters that are incorporated into lubricant development. As a result, the choice of additives becomes more difficult, as does the selection of the base oil. Consistently highest quality is a basic requirement; the margin for tolerances is extremely small.”

A comparison with high-performance sport suggests itself: In the competition of top athletes, the one who does all the little things right, too, has the edge.

The development of new lubricants continues at full speed. Special Tec AA 0W-8 “offers the absolute maximum in fuel savings and at the same time comprehensive protection for the engine,” says Kuhn.

LIQUI MOLY Special Tec AA 0W-8 meets the latest JASO GLV-1 standard, as required for hybrid models from Mazda and Toyota. The abbreviation AA in the product name indicates the vehicles. It stands for Asia & America.

“The Japanese car manufacturers have always been very open to fuel economy. That was the driving force behind low-viscosity oils, starting with 0W-20,” says Kuhn. These viscosities are only possible for gasoline engines, which is why the land of the rising sun always played a pioneering role in the development of these special motor oils. This is also the case with hybrid-powered cars.

Development outlook: “0W-8 is currently the lowest viscosity class,” says the LIQUI MOLY expert. “It would be possible to go even lower, but the effort required would be immensely high. In 2015, the viscosity grades were extended downward to 0W-16 /-12 /-8 by the ‘Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE). Correspondence in the API was not possible. This is why the ILSAC GF-6B standard was defined, which currently only extends to SAE 0W-16.” At the same time, the Japanese Automotive Standards Organization (JASO) developed a new specification for extra low-viscosity oils called JASO GLV-1 (Gasoline Low Viscosity). It is the currently valid standard.

Incidentally, there is great demand for the new LIQUI MOLY Special Tec AA 0W-8 in Europe. Toyota specifies an oil with maximum fuel savings in the vehicle manual. For this reason, workshops and brands are eagerly awaiting the fuel-efficiency champion.


With around 4,000 items, LIQUI MOLY offers a global, uniquely broad range of automotive chemicals: Motor oils and additives, greases and pastes, sprays and car care, glues and sealants. Founded in 1957, LIQUI MOLY develops and produces exclusively in Germany. There it is repeatedly voted the best oil brand. The company sells its products in more than 150 countries and generated € 800 million in sales in 2022.

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