Optima Batteries is a monster in the aftermarket battery sector, and its impressive booth space and cars at PRI definitely stand out from the crowd. While we already saw and shot the Optima Bimmerworld BMW E36 Hillclimb build of racer James Clay, we were once-again stunned with its presence and tech running an Optima battery anyone can buy.
While there, we checked in with Optima reps on new product releases. It looks like the company timed its latest DIN group form factor for more modern domestics and high-performance imports at just the right time.
“We have the H6 and H7 form factors here at the PRI Show to fill a void in the market that we noticed,” said an Optima representative. “We did a soft release at SEMA, and realized there were many show cars there that required and H6 DIN group battery but were using an OEM cell since there was nothing available.”
Every year, the Optima Batteries team scouts the SEMA Show halls to find vehicles that aren’t running Optima batteries and ask them if they want to switch. While some SEMA show cars might already have sponsorships in place, those that don’t aren’t going to refuse a free battery, especially a premium Optima Yellowtop spiral cell. This past SEMA, the Optima team was armed with a handful of H6 and H7 DIN-group batteries and noted around 33-percent of the SEMA Show cars that needed a battery were H6, and they were also running OEM since there were no aftermarket options for them.
The H6 is an 800 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) Yellowtop battery that fits popular domestics and many premium European sportscars. The H6 weighs 54 pounds and is 10.94-inches long, 7.48-inches tall, and 6.89-inches wide for a direct-fit in dozens of vehicles. While this is a marginal weight savings over OEM, keep in mind this is a very large battery under the heavy demand of modern high-performance cars.
A few of the H6 applications include Porsche 911, 928, Carrera GT, and Boxster, along with Ferrari 488 and 458. There is also a pile of BMWs, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi products, too.
The Optima H7 Yellowtop DIN-group form factor is more rare and challenging to find in stock at stores. Since it had a more limited application, the H7 DIN-group size was largely passed over by Optima but released due to consumer demands. The Optima Batteries H7 Yellowtop is a large battery with dimensions of 12.4 x 6.88 x 7.48-inches. The H7 Yellowtop produces an impressive 880 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) and tips the scales at 60.5 pounds.
Optima Batteries H6 Yellowtop Fitments:
|BMW 128i||Hyundai Sonata||Mercedes-Benz GLC300, GLC43 AMG|
|BMW 135i, 135is||Jaguar XJS||Mercedes-Benz GLK250|
|BMW 320i, 320i XDrive||Kia Forte & Forte5||Mercedes-Benz Maybach S550, S600|
|BMW 323i||Lotus Exige||Mercedes-Benz Metris|
|BMW 325, 325e, 325es, 325i, 325is, 325xi||Maserati Coupe||Mercedes-Benz R350|
|BMW 328i, 328d including xDrive, 328xi||Maserati GranSport||Mercedes-Benz S400|
|BMW 330i, 330e, 330xi including xDrive||Maserati GranTurismo||Mercedes-Benz S550e|
|BMW 335d, 335i, including xDrive, 335is, 335xi||Maserati Quattroporte||Mercedes-Benz S600|
|BMW 340i including xDrive||Maserati Spyder||Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG|
|BMW 528e||Mercedes-Benz AMG GT||Mercedes-Benz SL500, SL55 AMG, SL550, SL600, SL63 AMG, SL65 AMG|
|BMW 530i including xDrive||Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S||Mercedes-Benz SLC300, SLC43 AMG|
|BMW 540i including xDrive||Mercedes-Benz C250||Mercedes-Benz SLK230, SLK250, SLK280, SLK300, SLK32 AMG, SLK320, SLK350, SLK55 AMG|
|BMW 535i||Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG||Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG|
|BMW 735i||Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG||Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500, 3500|
|BMW 750iL||Mercedes-Benz 190D, 190E||Mini Cooper including Clubman, Countryman & Paceman|
|BMW L6||Mercedes-Benz 220||Porsche 911|
|BMW L7||Mercedes-Benz 230||Porsche 928|
|BMW M3||Mercedes-Benz 250, 250C||Porsche Boxster|
|BMW X1, X3, X6||Mercedes-Benz 260E||Porsche Carrera GT|
|BMW Z3, Z4||Mercedes-Benz 280, 280C, 280S, 280SE, 280SEL, 280SL||Saab 9-3, 9-3X, 9-4X, 9-5|
|Buick Verano||Mercedes-Benz 300CE, 300E, 300SE, 300SEL, 300TE||Volkswagen Beetle|
|Cadillac ATS||Mercedes-Benz 350SL||Volkswagen Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf R, Golf Sportwagen|
|Cadillac CTS||Mercedes-Benz 380SE, 380SEC, 380SEL||Volkswagen GTI|
|Chevrolet Corvette||Mercedes-Benz 420SEL||Volkswagen Jetta|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 including Classic & HD||Mercedes-Benz 450SEL||Volkswagen Passat, Passat CC|
|Chevrolet Silverado 2500 including the HD & HD Classic||Mercedes-Benz 500SEC, 500SEL||Volvo 240|
|Chevrolet Silverado 3500 including Classic & HD||Mercedes-Benz C300||Volvo 740, 745, 760, 780|
|Chevrolet SS||Mercedes-Benz C400||Volvo 940, 960|
|Chevrolet Suburban 1500 & 2500||Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG||Volvo C70|
|Chevrolet Tahoe||Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG S||Volvo S40, S60, S60 Cross Country, S70, S80, S90|
|Chevrolet Traverse||Mercedes-Benz CLA250, CLA45 AMG||Volvo V40, V60, V60 Cross Country, V70, V90|
|Chrysler 200||Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG|