The Inline-Six Engine: A Dying Breed

The inline-six cylinder engine is gradually being replaced with the more compact V-arrangement. I would not be surprised to see the inline-6 leave the petrol-engine’d passenger car arena entirely, and only be reserved for diesel work vehicles.

However, they will always hold a special place in my heart, because nothing sounds quite like a straight six. With their natural mechanical balance and great exhaust note, let’s take a minute to remember just a few of these excellent engines.

  1. TVR Speed Six
  2. BMW S50B32
  3. Nissan S20
  4. Jaguar XK6
  5. Nissan RB26DETT
  6. Toyota 1JZ-GTE
  7. Nissan L28 / OS Giken TC-24 B1


Long live the straight six!