The Differences Between V6 and Straight-Six Engines

Six-cylinder engines have nestled within some of the greatest cars of all time, so how does the V-format compare to the in-line alternative?
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  • Inline sixes are light, simple, balanced, and have the best sound. Inline six is the best engine for sure

    Henri SHenri SAcum 5 ani
  • Here's the main difference.

    jacplac97jacplac97Acum 3 ani
  • From an engineering standpoint, I think the "balance" part of inline 6's are misunderstood. As he said, the forces balance each other out. This is mainly important for bearing life. This was much more important in the early days of cars but now, we've figured out how to balance forces in almost any engine configuration and also how to make better bearings. The inline 6 configuration does still make balancing a lot simpler. There's no need for balance shafts or counterweights which makes them much less complicated and lighter. Because if this, you can squeeze a few more horses out of an inline 6 because there's less mass to rotate. This also makes them lighter along with the fact that the block design requires less material and you only need one head. So from a driving standpoint, you aren't going to notice much of a difference between a v6 or an i6. The i6 may seem to rev a little easier due to the lessened oscillating masses but that's about it. The smoothness from an engine is only dependant on number of cylinders and firing order and not really the configuration.

    Matthew KlingerMatthew KlingerAcum an
  • Inline six is the most reliable engine configuration by a mile...

    Bruno BegicBruno BegicAcum 2 ani
  • Unlike the V-6, an inline 6 can use easily accommodate a sequential turbo charger.

    tcorristcorrisAcum 2 ani
  • I always liked the I6 engines. Smooth, simple, made the engine compartment look so clean. Seems like they would be perfect for pick up trucks...

    two beertwo beerAcum 4 ani
  • I would love to see the Inline 6 make a come back

    Jordan ScheurerJordan ScheurerAcum 5 ani
  • BMW still sticks to the inline 6 cylinder engines and I love the 3.0 I6 motor of my M2. Great sound, much torque and a smooth ride.

    ///M-Thusiast///M-ThusiastAcum 5 ani
  • 6 in a row, ready tow.

    Leo SypherLeo SypherAcum 3 ani
  • "I6 engines are making a comeback"

    Dean JohnsonDean JohnsonAcum 2 ani
  • The first engine I built with my dad was an inline 6 so it has a soft spot in my heart. Such a wonderful piece of machinery! I'm glad it is making a comeback!

    Austin L. W. MooreAustin L. W. MooreAcum 5 ani
  • Nice car at the start there

    Jimmy BroadbentJimmy BroadbentAcum 2 ani
  • You should do this with a v12 and w12 also.

    Anthony DeLucaAnthony DeLucaAcum 5 ani
  • Nothing beats the Busso designed Alfa V6. It's based on an inline 6 configuration and uses the inline 6 firing order but takes advantage of the V6 positives making it such a sweet engine. Nothing beats it.

    Jason NeilJason NeilAcum 5 ani
  • I have a V6 now but I rather the straight 6 to me they feel more stabil and run better. I've had 3 I6 engines in my lifetime. They all ran smooth.

    Wati25Wati25Acum 4 ani
  • Times have changed in 2019. BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, and Mazda are all developing or have modern straight 6 engines.

    TheObiwantobyTheObiwantobyAcum 3 ani
  • I've always been a fan of inline engines. I'd love to see manufacturers produce them again!

    flintlightsflintlightsAcum 5 ani
  • My choice was the inline 6 cylinder engine, because it's more balanced and more importantly, mechanic friendly. While a V6 engine might be more compact, it's more complex than it's inline brother...

    LGZ22LGZ22Acum an
  • I've always been under the impression that I6 had more torque and durability than V6! Not sure how accurate that is.

    T RitchieT RitchieAcum 5 ani
  • This is one of the best videos I've ever seen in ROburn. Amazing animations and well putted together footages. Very informative and easy to understand.

    rasecoaojrasecoaojAcum 5 ani