Different Types of Car Engines Explained

When shopping for a car and researching your options, you’ll come across terms specific to the engine. This includes “four-cylinder,” “twin-turbo,” and “V6.” For those not versed in car specifications, those terms can be confusing, which is why our Florida FIAT dealers put together a quick reference guide.

Let’s begin with a V engine. Terms like “V6” and “V8” are common. What exactly does the “V” stand for? It refers to the engine shape. When you view the engine from the front, the cylinders are positioned at the side and split away at a 60-degree angle, giving it a V appearance. Cars with this engine type include SUVs, pickups, and premium vehicles. The number after the letter indicates the number of cylinders.

You may also have heard of an inline engine. The cylinders are placed side-by-side and upright over the engine’s bay. Other components like the battery, radiator, and cooling system are fitted just outside. You will find inline engines on smaller vehicles, such as compact sedans and hatchbacks.

So far, we talked a lot about cylinders. Does this mean more cylinders in a car is better? Is a four-cylinder engine better than a three-cylinder engine? The number of cylinders can range anywhere from three to 12. While more cylinders do translate into more horsepower, it also typically means poorer fuel efficiency. Plus, with modern advents, such as turbocharged engines, fewer cylinders can have just as much power output.

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