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Old 04-25-2004, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default What does the V in V-6 and 8, 10, 12 stand for?

and why ppl dont say V-4?
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cause most 4 cylinders are an inline design and not in a V
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It refers to the configuration of the engine. V engines have two rows of cylinders forming a V shape. As opposed to an inline engine it takes up much less space.

There is a V4 engine in Honda motorcycles. VFR700, 750 and 800 are among some of the model that use the V4 configuration
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If you look at whatever side of the engine the drive shaft comes out of you will notice that the cylinders are arranged in a V. 4 cylinders are usually inline, meaning all four cylinders are lined up in a row. The trucks you drive are most likely inline sixes with cylinders that have a diameter of a basketball.
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and the V is the designated design of the block the cylinders are in a V formation.....like wise the Inline engines have the cylinders are in an inline formation
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yes it is for the way that the cylinders are laid out.
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There are many ways engines are laid out. V, I, F, and even W. F (Flat) engines are used in Porsches, and VW uses a W12 in some cars.
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You forgot the slant 8'*
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LOL, just think its kinda funny it took 6 replies to answer the V question..
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no kidding
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