The Pit

The Caltex Techron — Burnpavement Reader Survey

BY Azfar Hashim

Our first panelist samples Caltex’s Diesel with Techron D, and here are his findings

Dr Kevin Co is not a new name around here. If you were to backtrack some of the new car reviews here in, you'll find that he is one of our contributors who gets to drive some really exotic machines. Ever since he started his own private dental practice with his wife somewhere in late 2013 (e-mail us for details and you might enjoy some discounts!), Dr Co has been a very busy man. That said, to get around he relies on a fun and trusty English sports sedan that is very capable of burning pavement. We report on how Caltex Diesel with Techron D has made his ride even more enjoyable.

Dr Co’s daily drive is a Jaguar XF S Diesel 3.0, which is undoubtedly a rather unconventional choice. The reasons for this choice? “Hands down, the brilliant fuel economy and torque available that drew me to the car”. For the curious, this diesel XF has 275 bhp and a whopping 600 Nm worth of torque on tap, does the 0 to 100 km/h run in 6 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h. All that coming from a 3-litre 6-cylinder turbodiesel powerplant mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

A few months prior to sampling Caltex Diesel with Techron D, Dr Co had just chipped up his ride. He wasn’t willing to reveal the new power output though, citing ‘it’s still a work in progress’. “I’ve yet to dyno the car, but I reckon there’s just 'slightly more' than 600 Nm available now”.

After hearing the good things about how Caltex fuel can effectively clean the engine of a car, Dr Co had high expectations. From the first tank, he was already highly impressed with what Caltex had done for the car. “It actually went beyond my expectations, and that’s definitely a good thing!” he said.

After two full tanks, the engine sounds ‘noticeably less noisy’ than before, adding more comfort for all passengers at the same time. “The diesel clatter seems less intrusive and on top of that, my car feels livelier too”.

Initially, the new ECU chip caused some flat spots in the acceleration process, but after using Caltex Diesel with Techron D, the car pulled a lot smoother. “The car's power delivery is smoother now — the new chip and the Caltex Techron D works very well together.”

Asked for his parting words, Dr Co had this to say: “With the cost of diesel at only $1.20 per liter, we are fortunate that diesel passenger cars are now readily available in the market for drivers here. With an awesome fuel like Caltex’s Techron D, it's simply a perfect pairing! If you drive a diesel car, try it for yourself. It's definitely a win-win situation!”