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Old 24 Mar 2016, 09:08 (Ref:3626614)   #1
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Future of the Inline 6?

On the one hand it's a long engine, not suited to front drive, transverse cars. On the other for improved emissions and economy turbo modular inline sixes are replacing V8s in some cars (BMW), and these engines can be made into inline 4s and 3s!. So will the inline six stay in trucks, or make a comeback with cars?

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Old 24 Mar 2016, 12:54 (Ref:3626725)   #2
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What's wrong with a V6 or a V4 ? also the same tooling at the push of a few buttons and a shorter and lower frontal area.
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Old 24 Mar 2016, 13:32 (Ref:3626744)   #3
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As an E46 owner, I love my straight 6. I do however, think that small capacity vees are going to be the mainstay of the industry for a while to come.
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I love straight sixes but theyre dead. Theyre not compact enough for modern cars when you can get the same performance out of a V6 or a turbo I-4 and have something much more compact.
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Old 24 Mar 2016, 16:58 (Ref:3626824)   #5
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What's wrong with a V6 or a V4 ? also the same tooling at the push of a few buttons and a shorter and lower frontal area.
Hola!

Trouble with the V4 is it is basically out of balance: indeed the Ford V4 was so appalling it needed a jack shaft for balancing out the node harmonics.

Why not use a flat opposed six? Even lower frontal area.

In any case, whilst the present trend is to make cars squat (and bloody ugly!), the good old straight six enjoys excellent smooth delivery of torque. As did the old long stroke straight fours: e.g. Citroen IDs and DSs; Volvo two Litre and the engines lasted for ever...

Whereas the modern oversquare high revving high temp-lean burn lumps are noisier, particularly with ally blocks.

Same as Ginger, I very much enjoy my Beema six.

The Volvo V70 FWD works rather well: five pot and the lump sideways.
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Old 25 Mar 2016, 09:59 (Ref:3627033)   #6
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Having driven straight sixes since the 1970s, I say long may they continue. I have had them in Toyotas, Mercs, Jags, Vauxhalls and Volvos, and apart from being somewhat thirsty when being driven hard, they are the bee's knees. And being under stressed, they can (like me usually) go on and on and on..........
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I love straight sixes but theyre dead. Theyre not compact enough for modern cars when you can get the same performance out of a V6 or a turbo I-4 and have something much more compact.
Yup, straight sixes (and V12s, since it's literally a double-straight six) used to be superior in terms of balance and smoothness, but that's not the case anymore. There are ways to make l4s and V6s run smoothly.
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Mercedes proposing the return of the straight six.

https://www.carsguide.com.au/car-new...in_cpc_desktop


Mercedes-Benz M256 inline-six engine.

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