Engine geeks everywhere mourn the decline of the inline-six engine and its inherent smoothness and sweet sound. Once a remarkably common setup, it’s been largely replaced by the more packaging-friendly V6. But now it seems that those rumors about a Mercedes-Benz inline-six revival appear to be true.
These days, everyone seems to act like the inline six-cylinder engine is the sole purview of BMW. But tons of other car companies used to make straight sixes only to abandon them for the more packageable V6, including Mercedes-Benz. According to one new report, that might change soon. More AMG straight sixes, please!
Word on the street is that the upcoming BMW M4, and presumably its sedan brother the M3, will herald a return to an inline six cylinder engine setup, only with a turbo or two this time. That's great news if you ask me.
Six pistons in a line—a wonderfully simple design that produced a well balanced, reliable and vibration free engine. Even though the modern V6 has pushed the inline six dangerously close to extinction, the configuration has been used to produce some pretty great engines in the past. What is your favorite inline six…
Here's a recipe for complete an utter hot rod victory: A flathead straight-six with a custom intake, roots-type supercharger and three carbs mounted in the breeze. This is a special kind of stupefying excellence. [JustACarGuy]
While BMW cars have spent the last two decades moving away from the inline-six that made them so famous, it looks like BMW motorcycles are soon going to adopt the configuration for a production bike.
In this series, we'd like to honor the engines that were made in vast quantities and/or remained in front-line service for decades (in addition to low-production Ass-Kickin' Engines), and the BMW "Little Six" definitely qualifies.
It’s time to say goodbye to one of the smoothest, most driver-friendly engines of all time: the E46 M3’s 3.2-liter straight-six. We’re paying our respects Jalopnik-style with a mega-gallery of straight-sex.