V6

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A term for an internal-combustion piston engine with six cylinders in a "V" configuration.

Straight-six engines were historically more common than V6's, mainly because the length of such engines was not such a concern in rear-drive vehicles but also because V6's (unlike the 90-degree V8) were somewhat difficult to make smooth-running. The widespread use of front-wheel-drive and "east-west" engine configurations saw that the shorter engine length of the V6 became highly desirable, and these days most six-cylinder engines are made in the V configuration (in fact, the Australian Ford Falcon remains one of the very few straight sixes still in use in contemporary passenger vehicles (oh, and some Mercedes and BMWs)).

see also V12