You have to love the inline six. It has been built in an amazing array of displacements, styles, and for applications ranging from fire trucks to economy cars. They have been muscle car engines in places like Australia and they have been unkillable leaning towers of power here in the US of A. I have owned straight sixes in big trucks and while you aren’t going to get anywhere in a hurry, you’re going to get there, no matter how hard you try to kill the engine. BMW used the engine for ages in their cars which are some of the most highly regarded road going sedans ever.
Austin Healey was famed for their 3.0L inliner back in the 1960s and GM’s Atlas LL8 was produced for seven years from 2002-2009. Ford has their own legendary inliners with the tough as nails 300ci engine being produced in the million of examples. Hell, it was so ballsy the thing was used as the primary motivation for UPS trucks for a long time. If that isn’t a testament to their yeoman-like strength we’re not sure what is. There was the Twin H Hudson six that dominated NASCAR, the inline six Cummins diesel that in its various forms has powered trucks of all sizes, and the multitude of flathead sixes as well….like the one that was run in turbo form at Indy. Are we forgetting Jaguar and the 3.8L engine that powered the E-Type cars and lots of others over the years?!
Sooooooo many options.
I could go on forever like Bubba in Forrest Gump, but I won’t. Instead I am going to put this question into YOUR hands and we’re pretty sure this will turn into a bloody straight six slugfest before too long. Jimmy Six? Hemi six? Cummins diesel? 144ci Ford? (If you vote for that one, you have a mental illness) Ford/Dodge/Stude flathead six? Hudson six? . Get after it!
BangShift Question Of The Day: Which Engine Is The King Of The Inline Six World?