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Straight-Six Engine

Similar to the inline-four only with two added cylinders, the straight-six is most popular in BMW vehicles. This type of engine usually sits parallel to the car in the engine compartment, as opposed to being perpendicular like the inline-four. Aside from the German manufacturer, the straight-six platform can be found as the layout for the legendary 2JZ-GTE engine found in the Toyota Supra and the RB26 in the Nissan GT-R. The way the firing order works with the straight cylinders makes for a great balance while being capable of having a large displacement. The straight-six layout is similarly easy to work on to its younger sibling the inline-four.

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