V6 vs. Inline 4?

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Anonymous Visitor
Re: V6 vs. Inline 4?
We're not talking about turbocharged engine here... we are comparing I4 and V6. And we should not!!! Compare an orange with an orange and an apple with an apple. So to compare 2 engines, they should have the same amount of cylinders. Comparing an I6 with a V6.. so yes, the I6 would produce more torque than the V6. The only reason why they created the V shape engine is to increase the size of motors without increasing the width of the car, because the problem with inline engines is the size. To put an inline engine on a FWD car, you cannot go above 4 or 5 cylinders, because the front space is limited on width. It's much more easier to fit an I6 on a RWD car or truck. But to compare an I6 with a V6.. or an I4 with a V4... the inline engine is always more powerful.
Nitro_mudder
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Well this engine will be in a hand made tube frame rail buggy. It is built for the woods not the sand so turbos tend to suck for us. Poor bottom end out of a creek bead then lets loose about halfway up the hill with a big power jump. Not something you want in a rail you steer with brakes as the front tires are off the ground on hills steeper then 45 deg. Super chargers work well based on the powerband, but turbos act like two strokes and are not a good fit. I need something in the 300hp range if I can that is a good combo of lightness, cheapness, and reliability. I like the honda 3.7v6 but would rather an engine from the big three if I can find one that works. I will also need to make it run on a stand alone engine harness and ECU. Right now I have a Quad4 2.3l HO that does great in my 2 seater, but it weights a ton.
Anonymous Visitor
Re: V6 vs. Inline 4?
I think it depends on Size of the car, What type of trannie and the make of the car and motor and so on.
Nitro
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Looking for a good engine for a heavier 4 seat rail buggy. Not a fan of AC VW's due to cost to get to 200HP and reliability. Trying to find something in the 300hp range in stock form for long life. But I dont want a ton of weight or $10k to mod it out. Been looking at some northstar cadi engines, light for the size, but I know there has to be better out there.
Anonymous Visitor
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A Mistubish Evo is a 2.0 l 4 banger that does 0 to 60 in about 5 seconds. To answer your question yes a v6 will definitely beat it .. not. Bigger is not better. Smarter is better, the engineering, placement, and even the Exhaust all play TOGETHER to determine the efficiency and quality of a car. EVEN WEIGHT look at the lightweight Lotus Eli I believe 0 to 60 in 5.5 and it only has I think 170 the late earlier models. AND like the guy said in a previous comment any generic inline engine will produce more torque. period. mind you Im not hateing on v6 or anything because generally a naturally aspirated v6 is faster then a i4 I mean not that hard to thik about it 4 or 6. it gets more fuel but a 4 can be compensated with pressing down on the gas pedal harder.
Anonymous Visitor
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V6 is defidefinitely better, I4 will never be faster that it's V6 counterpart. V6 cars are superior, reason why they cost more, better built. Heavier engine means better body/frame support. Better suspension better brakes, simply better everything. Power is always higher in a V6 than an I4. "My four banger has a turbo" so what put a turbo on a V6 and your back where you were before. "But fuel economy". Lol what a joke, it's called variable cylinder management do some research. Basically you pay more because you get more don't be cheap.
Anonymous Visitor
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Good Morning,

It has been a great discussion over V6 vs I4, got a-lot of information.

Honda introduced "Honda Odyssey J" with 2.4 I4 FWD/CVT/Power 173 / Torque 225 and another Honda Odyssey 3.5 V6 FWD 6A/Power 250/ Torque 339.

I can see the difference in spec but would like to know which one will be better in-terms of daily usage without having carrying much load.

Garrow
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The svt model of the focus has a v6 in it the engine was also put into a ford contour this is why it was considered a sleeper because it was faster then the ford mustang because the svt stands for "special vehicle team" but you need to put the factors in that a I4 or a regular 4 could take down a v6 because they're very lightweight that is why if you take a civic and gut it and turbo it and put lots of work into it it will take down Camaros (with the v6 or v8 and supercharge)

acb123
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Race his I4 Focus against a V6 Infiniti or GT-R. Then ask him which is better...LOL

Wrekcin
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I prefer an I4 than a V6 any day no actually I prefer an I6.

V6s are annoying to work on and usually need double of everything: cams, rocker covers, gaskets, etc. Manufacturers went with this method because since V engines are taller and not as long and heavy as inline engines, they can reduce the size of the chassis and make it easier for labour.

In the end of the day, its all about weight, chassis structure, engine capability and running gear. There's plenty of I4s that have been rebuilt and placed into extremely light weight chassis'. There's a fully built SR20 stripped to the core S15 that does 6.3 at the quarter mile, There's an evo with an 4G63 does 6.1.

If i wanted to pick an NA engine for reliability and cost effective, I4. For smoothness, low down torque and towing shit, V6. For reliability, smoothness, low down torque, towing shit, I6.

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