Whats the difference between I6, v6 ect

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  1. aan310

    aan310 Notebook Virtuoso

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    So yea...
    Until subforum I never heard of "I4" and "I6" engines...

    Whats the difference between those and V4 and V6?
     
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    It is how the cylinder are arranged in the engine.
     
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    What are the differences in actually driving it and preformance?
     
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    inline, v, boxer, and wankel/rotary are just a few of the more popular engine set ups. just do a quick search in google or wikipedia and u will find the info u'r lookin for.

    like clutch said, they're just different cylinder arrangements. they are all capable of producing similar performance numbers. it's just technology applied to different applications. the only real difference i can think of between different engine set ups are the exhaust notes they produce.
     
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    bamaster Notebook Consultant

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    Yup. An "I6" is an inline 6... the six cylinders are lined up in a single row.

    Pic of a straight six.

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    A "V6" is where you have two rows of three cylinders in a V shape.

    Here's a pic of a V6

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    bamaster Notebook Consultant

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    There are space limitations, too. I've never seen an I8, for example. That would be a long motor. But they do exist in some old cars.

    But I have seen a V12! :leghump:
     
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    And to add some fun into the mix, here is a VR6

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    Yep, most 'died' shortly after WWII, but straight 8s were around for a while.

    Let's add the interesting VW-built "W12" to the mix. Based on two of VWs narrow angle VR6 motors and used by Bentley, Spyker, and the VW Pheaton (sic) I believe. (Also the W16 in the Bugatti!...I think there was a W18 as well..need reference)

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    A unusual engine is in the Acura RL because it has a V6 at 90 degrees.
     
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    Colton Also Proudly American

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    There are many reasons to why car companies use specific engines in different models of cars. For example. an I4 may cause un-acceptable vibrations in a Ford truck chassis but may be the smoothest engine in a Toyota. It all depends on the space, how efficient the engine is for what situation.
     
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