Shell V-Power NiTRO+ vs Cheap Gasoline. Is it better? Let’s find out!

Shell V-Power NiTRO+ vs Cheap Gasoline. Is it better?  Let’s find out!

So if you’re like me you want your engine to be a tip-top shape and to last a long time Performance is a big deal. You want your engine to perform at its highest level. Are you just wasting your money buying a premium level gasoline? Or should you just buy a generic gasoline and save yourself 40/50 cents per gallon. We’re gonna be comparing shell v-power nitro against a generic 87 octane gasoline to see if it does perform better Shell V power nitro claims that it has seven times the amount of detergents and it makes a lot of other bold claims saying that it’s much better than the competition So let’s get the testing under way and find out just how good this product is We will be using this engine with the see-through cylinder head and comparing the flame color to cheap gasoline So it’ll be interesting to find out if both of these fuels have a different amount of ethanol content so I’m going to do is add two ml’s of water to 10 ml’s of Gasoline and what this allows us to do is see how much of the ethanol in the gasoline separates out. I’ll do the same thing with 20 ml’s of water added to 100 ml’s So it’s the same proportion and we’ll see how much of it separates out so after I add the water I’m going to shake this up a bit and then we’ll give it about 15 minutes and we’ll come back and see where the line is at This is the shell v-power Nitro+ water was added up to the 20 ml’s you can see the line is currently between 25 and 26 of this approximately 5% ethanol content in the shell v-power nitro So 2 ml’s of water were added to this graduated cylinder as you could see the separation is occurring between two point four and two point five So there’s roughly four to five percent ethanol content in the cheap gas We’re gonna use this generator to measure whether or not shell v-power nitro will give us better fuel efficiency than the cheap gasoline and doing so i will be using kilowatt device This gives us some great information on Watts amps volts and Hertz again I’m not sponsored by these guys I bought this with my own money and I like to use it to just see how the engine is performing in terms of generating electricity This is the space heater I’ll be using I’ll be using this at the medium setting just to make sure it doesn’t shut down from overheating on us on a Hot day like today and we’re gonna see how long it’ll run on the shell v-power nitro, and compare it against the regular unleaded We’re going to start and run this engine for a while and once it’s warmed up Then I will top it off and then we’ll see how long the engine will run Okay, the engine is fully warmed up so I’m going to fill the fuel tank all the way up to the point where it’s overflowing And we are going be using the shell v-power nitro first And then we’re gonna test regular gasoline I’m gonna start the engine then I’m gonna shut it off to make sure the fuel bowl the entire fuel system has filled up and Then I’ll fill it all of it at the top to make sure we have a fair test To my left is some cheap gas and to my right is some shell v-power we’re gonna soak some greasy bolts one each in each of the Gasoline’s and we’re going to come back in a few hours and see if there’s any visible difference So shell v-power Nitro+ claims that it can prevent wear, it removes gunk and it prevents corrosion So on this small engine we’re going to test whether or not it can remove gunk Once we test this fuel to see how well it does at removing carbon deposits we’re going to actually clean this engine up real well and just run the fuel through it to see if Deposits actually form using this fuel and we’ll compare this to standard 87 octane Ethanol 10% fuel to see if one provides a cleaner burn than the other We just tested the compression and saw we had around 100 psi and that was before cleaning the combustion chamber and what calm and I see a lot is that If I clean the carbon out of the combustion chamber that the psi is going to drop significantly So let’s put that to the test and find out if we’re going to see a big drop Okay, we’re still at 100 psi We cleaned the combustion chamber in this engine and ran a full tank of shell v-power nitro through it as you can see it looks like there’s very little carbon build up on part of the piston the exhaust valve is extremely clean and it looks like there are parts of the head that looked fairly clean as well So the shell v-power nitro is on the right, and the cheap gas is on the left As you can see the shell v power nitro has a lot more of a dark color to it Appearing that it’s actually done a better job of dissolving the grease So let’s take a closer look and just see if there is any difference It also looks like there’s a little bit more dirt accumulation in the shell v-power nitro than the cheap gas. so what im gonna do now is go ahead and remove both bolts and take a closer look at them So this is the cheap gas This is the expensive gas as you can see when I placed both of these bolts on top of the paper a lot more residue Was left behind where the cheap gas was used Indicating that it did not do as good of a job as far as cleaning the bolt. The shell v power nitro is on the right, the cheap gas is on the left. The shell v power nitro did a far better job than the cheap gas as far as cleaning Also the color of the fuel is much different after allowing this fuel to sit for 24 hours The show-up is still a lot darker in color Indicating that the detergents are suspending a lot of the contamination that it removed from the bolts. So does shell v-power nitro deliver on the promise that it does a better job of cleaning than cheap gas I think the answer to that is yes as we saw in the dirty bolt competition in to the far superior job removing dirt and grime Compared to the cheap gas. What does this mean for your fuel system? If you use this product It’s likely to help clean the fuel system in its entirety Including the intake valves as well as the injectors which makes a big difference regarding fuel efficiency and performance Now regarding whether or not this product is better than using some additives out there I really don’t think it’s better than using seafoam Marvel Mystery Oil Tech Ron and that’s just to name a few I think there’s some other better products out there that can deliver the same results So the question is is it worth an extra 50 cents per gallon? I don’t think it is if your vehicle is designed to run on 87 octane fuel What was very interesting was we compared the fuel efficiency between shell as well as a cheap gas? because the Engine we used was designed around 87 octane. And the ethanol content was the same for both fuels we didn’t see any benefit So why spend the extra fifty cents per gallon? why not just use some sort of fuel additive and ultimately save a lot of money and achieve the same results finally a big Thank you to everyone recommended this video. I really appreciate it. I read your comments and I do videos on them Please keep those ideas coming and I’ll keep making videos. Please. Take care and look forward to next time

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. I use V Power on my 2012 VW GTI Audubon and it's a huge difference in throttle response, and power compared to the cheaper gas and even BP,s best gas. It is worth the extra pocket change.

  2. Like some others have stated, the type of fuel you use should be based on what your car is designed for. My Sonata gets zero HP or MPG benefits from more expensive fuel. However, a tank of the higher octane gas like this V-Power combined with a bottle of sea foam once every 3-6 months will help keep your engine clean.

  3. I would love to know what you do with all the dirty fuel, various chemicals, tapes, etc. Do you have stockpiles that eventually get used or what? Behind the scenes episode is needed!

  4. I appreciate this. I would like to see a comparison on say Chevron Diesel vs Diesel from a Pilot or Flying J with biodiesel. I swear I get bettter fuel mileage in my trucks using the Chevron but as we know, testing in a shop and on the road with weather, traffic, load, etc can skew results. I have not used any additives in any of my diesels (except seafoam every 150k or so). Thanks.

  5. Does the octane decrease if you separate the gas like this and skim the gasoline off the top? Or would this just give you 87 octane gas? I'm assuming the flash point should go down by removing ethanol… but then, I'm an electronics tech so my assumptions are pretty worthless lol.

  6. Lol that's a carb engine it doesn't know anything because it doesn't have a computer and definately no turbo Vpower is wayyy better your using the wrong stuff to test

  7. Kinda an unfair test. Cheap "Premium", or "off-brand" Premium would have been a more fair test: 91-93 OffBrand vs. 93 Shell V-Power.

    High Compression Ratios are the main reason for Premium. My 10.5:1 2000 Toyota Solara and my Sisster's 10.3:1 Infiniti QX60 run like garbage on 87 octane.

    Being broke, is used 89 in the cooler months but blend 50/50 89/93 in an attempt to get factory recommended 91 octane for the warmer months. There is no comparrison: blended blows away regular 89 especially on wide open throttles.

    I want to move where Project Farm is: V-Power is not just 50¢/gallon more expensive here in Chicagoland, is it a whole dollar more!

  8. I really enjoy all your videos!! Easy to understand and very informative.
    I'd like to see a video comparing some different fuel additives. Like Star-Tron and Lucas and Sta-bil 360 performance just to name a few.

  9. As a former Gas Station manager for Co-op in Canada for 9 years i found this interesting and the results were about what i expected from my knowledge in the industry.

  10. Do vpower nitro compared to an additive like seafoam. I think the occasional use of seafoam is better then consistent use of high octane fuel. (Also, cheaper)

  11. What I'm probably going to do soon is run one tank of the shell in my car just to clean it. I normally run 87, so since the car is 10 years old, I think it deserves a tank.

  12. You must factor in that the CR on both your test engines is low, probably in the region of 7.8 – 8.5 to 1 You will see far more benefit from the Shell V-Power when it is run through an engine with a higher CR, say around the 1.-1.5. to 1. Granted, the engine management system will back off the ignition advance to prevent knock from the 87 octane gas, which will have a detrimental effect on the power output of the engine as well as the fuel efficiency. Maybe you need to bump up the CR on one of your engines to get a more accurate take on the results, when you run two types of gas with differing octane ratings.

  13. The only vehicle I got which as sensible to gasoline quality was my Kawasaki 125cc motorbike, with 24 bhp the engine was in the same league as competition, and was very sensitive to gasoline quality.

  14. Exactly I won’t spend extra 40 cent for the same efficiency. Can you try to test the Chevron gas vs cheap gas next time? Thank you for your video.

  15. Premium fuel benefits high performance engines tuned with an ignition table for that fuel. It offers more knock protection, so if you’re engine isn’t pinging, regular fuel is fine.

  16. At least here in Canada there is no ethanol crap in it…. I have a diesel and use the Vpower diesel…. i definatley feel the difference because it has no bio-diesel in it

  17. It's just a waste of money to get the better stuff, if it's going in a low performance engine. Including V8s under 400hp, which is the majority. My Challenger requires a minimum of 91, and states that on the gas fill cap. As well as the owners manual, & use v-power on a continuous basis and is good fuel. When I want to go higher octane, I use racing fuel or a booster and have to tune it for each specific octane level. I obviously don't street race lol, and have it tuned for 91 currently

  18. A bottle of STP Fuel Additive is $2.22 at Wal-Mart treats up to 21 Gallons so $10 more every fill up or $2 It adds up especially for a long road trip.

  19. A full tank of cheap gas gave me 180-190 miles of range and 18.5mpg, after using nitro v I got 250 miles of range with 20.5 mgp.
    Update: mpg went up and now it's 21.2 and that means the range went up as well.

  20. In the UK we get 95 – 99 RON fuel in most petrol stations.

    For normal cars there’s no difference, however, if you own a high performance car or a tuned car, you’re going to have a bad time if you use 95 and drive your car hard.

  21. It's so hard to imagine why people are still bitching about ADs when blockers are free and virtually obtainable instantly. But I suppose if all the lemmings jumped aboard then youtube would figure a way around it.

  22. I was told by the family member who taught me to work on cars that instead of using fuel additives/cleaners just run a tank of expensive gas every once and a while and you will achieve the same result. I'm curious on your thoughts about that instead of running expensive gas all the time?

  23. WTF!!! I thought Shell VPower Nitro wasn't supposed to have any ethanol in it….pretty sure that's how it has been advertized in Canada….WTF??? Was this video created in the States? Is US V Power Nitro different than Canadian?

  24. I am from pftetolm.people for the ethical treatment of lawnmowers.this using innocent defenceless mowers and small engines for research has got to stop.

  25. Let's find out if Shell V-Power is better than cheaper regular gas by testing it…on everything except a car engine. Well, if all you're driving is a lawn mower and cleaning bolts…

  26. In short: Yes V-Power cleans the engine, and thus will make a small difference in the long run in fuel economy and lifespan of the engine. But it is not worth it. Price difference is too high.

  27. Most gas today are required by law to be certified. No station is better than another. Just make sure you go to a place that sells lots of fuel. The longer in the tank the worse it gets.

  28. Higher octane allows for further advancement of timing….with lower octane you will get pinging (early detonation) if you advance timing…stick with the cheap stuff unless you're modified or your dealership says so…

  29. Fortunately, my Eco-Boost 2.7L F150 runs perfectly on 87 Octane. I run Shell VP 93 exclusively in my Harley 103 engine. I also run the same for my mower and chain saw. ShellVP93 is an excellent fuel for 2-strokes. Ive put ShellVP93 in my Truck a couple of times. There is indeed a noticable increase in power.
    If you have a Ford EcoBoost engine, I recommend an occasional tankful of SVP93!!
    Last little tidbit. Notice that the Gentleman here has a Briggs & Stratton engine. B&S are by far, the absolute best of small engines for mowers, edgers..even go-karts and minibikes! Notice that his engine is a flat-head! B&S along with its competition has abandoned the flat head! They're all now OHV! Push-rod & rocker-arm! Ain't that something!? Even the tiny engines for weed-whackers are now 4-Stroke and OHV!!

  30. Big oil is always trying to scam us any way they can and now you have shown an instance of them doing just that. I always try to buy the cheapest gas and will continue to do so. Keep up the informative, very interesting and entertaining work you are providing.

  31. 2000 Ford Ranger really seems to thrive on cheap 88 octane and putting a few gallons of 50:1 2 stroke in there when I run out of gas on a job site once or twice per year lmao.

  32. Theory: Shell gas has less energy density, therefore engines simply run slightly lean, therefore cleaner on the shell gas, explaining the higher head temps, it "cleaning up" the ceramic on the spark plug (indicating lean conditions) and white exhaust valve with the shell gas vs the sort of amber exhaust valve using the cheap gas. -supporting this theory would be the fact that shell claims to ad 7x more detergents, and quite likely more additives overall, lowering energy density

  33. Another awesome video!
    It blows my mind how much that goes into the videos you put out. Keep up the great work! 👍👍

  34. Great video but I would like to see an apples to apples comparison on a motor that needs the extra octane. What if you turbo charged the gokart and compared an expensive premium gas to cheap gas with octane booster. This would normalize the octane variable to see if the additives do anything.

  35. Lucky ol' USA. Able to run on 87 octane. Minimum in western europe is 95. RON And if your small car has a compression ratio of 10.1:1 (On a 1400cc engine) , as mine has, you've no option but to run on 97 RON and above, otherwise the engine sounds like a bucket of bolts. These new higher octane fuels such as BP Ultimate (97 RON) and Shell V-Power (99) make the engine sound normal and give enhanced performance. As of autumn 2019, Shell seem to have changed the formulation (I believe they've increased the detergents and lubricants by 30%) and the low-end engine performance on my car dramatically improved on the first tank full ! Noticeable. . . . . shame about the Lubrizol factory , as the competitors say !

  36. Exxon is the best it has octane not ethanol !!!!! Exxon lasts and car runs perfectly !!! Sunoco makes the check engine light come on "vap code" and it dissapates rapidly due to ethynol !!!! We don't have Shell in our zip code so I can't say I used it !!!

  37. If your car is ment to run on 87 that is all you should use. If your car, like mine, is ment to run on 93 you had better not go with 87. 93 octane is a slower burning gas that creates more heat, more heat over a longer burn time gives more power during the combustion stoke. Only high performance cars need 93 octane and using it in a car that only requires 87 is a waste of money.

  38. I own a 2010 Camaro and have tried at least 10 different gas manufacturers (over the last 9+ years) on my car: Costco, Mobile, 76, Shell…you name it.
    I notice a MASSIVE increase in performance and power (and even exhaust tones) EVERY time with Shell (using Super for all manufacturers).
    Unfortunately gas mileage suffers as much as 5 mpg in the city vs the other brands. (Note: one doesn't buy a sports car for fuel economy, but that's what I've noticed over the years).

  39. So, a little work experience to add. I’m just a truck driver but I have been hauling gas for 4 years. Ethanol is added right before the product is loaddd on the trailer. In my 4 years I have had multiple instances where the ethanol loading failed in some way. The computer rejects the load and no bills of laden are printed. It’s called a broken load. To fix this if it’s short on ethanol the tech at the rack will compute how much ethanol needs to be added if it’s short. Then he adds straight ethanol to the compartment that is short. If by chance the load has too much ethanol, has not happened to me, the fuel is taken to a refinery or sold short to a place that will use it for non-road use. Reason is it’s easier to add a like 5 gallons of ethanol to 1000 gallons of gas than it is to add gas to balance out an over supply of ethanol. Point is, they do monitor this stuff very accurately and take action when it falls outside epa standards.

  40. I use the Shell V-Power premium myself. Though many won't believe me but I could feel a clear difference from the regular lower octane cheaper gas.

    I've been told I'm throwing money away but it's still my decision. I'm also moving from Mobil1 to AMSOIL tomorrow.

    I love my car and I'm going to be modifying it in the future. I think I'm making the best choices.

  41. For not having a scientific degree this man really brings you the information because if you did have a degree and you want to get certain big companies they would make sure you wouldn't work again

  42. Here the price differential between the V power and normal fuel amounts to nealy £10 for a 50 liter tank, with some more moder tanks it can be about £15 more expensive to use this. We already have some of the worlds most expensive fuel prices! So people instinticually on all the other expenditure and with VAT or your GST running at 20% will opt for the lowest price fuel, to the point dedicated websites are set up for where may purchase the cheapest fuel. On top of that most Petrol Stations have closed and sold out to Eastern European car Washes, or sold off for housing constuction as that is now more profitable and with E.U laws on Gas stations it means it is prohibitvely too costy to make the changes to meet the EU requirements, that said often V power here is not sold very often so you get stale fuel anyway!

  43. Just avoid going to gas stations that hardly have traffic, as the gas sits in those tanks collecting sediment. With a high volume gas station the gas tanks get replenished often and you get fresh fuel. Some older hole in the wall stations get "second rate" gas from the refineries after the big names get the good batches first.

  44. Pardon- I was thinking, have you ever tried to conduct test on the critical level of oil loss? How low can it get before damage – due to prolonged oil change intervals and oil burn off

  45. You’ve done a oil brand show down, what about branded gas show down? Preferably involving your main brands of gasoline including Kirkland.

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