The other day me and a friend of mine (he is a somewhat of a car guy, me: not so much), and in discussing our different engines he seemed to give the impression that an inline-4 engine was always and absolutely superior to V6's. The argument/discussion focused more on power/acceleration, and while I'm sure his focus SVT is faster than my mercury milan, he argued that an I4 would always beat a V6, in the majority of scenarios. Since this I've done some research myself and have of course discovered for myself things like V6 engines having higher torque and horsepower at lower RPMs, and also the obvious fact that a wide range of variables (make, model, engine size, etc) come into play in terms of overall performance. My friend is a bit strong-headed, so I wanted to ask actual car people about his claim that I4s are unilaterally superior to V6s. Thank you.
Also: I tried searching for a thread similar to this and didn't find one, so I apologize if this is a common topic here.