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Mercedes Makes A Change To Inline 6s

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6-Cylinder Engine Modifications for Benz

Mercedes-Benz abandoned their inline engines back in the 90s when they made a move to consolidate their engine models with interchangeable parts for ease of production.

In the 90s V6 engines were the top of the line, but with Mercedes crack engineers they claim to get over 400 horses out of new 6 inline Mercedes engines which we expect to see entering almost every non-electric model from now on.

Fifteen years ago, Mercedes-Benz abandoned its inline-sixes in favor of V-6s.

“Half of our engine guys were sad when we switched from the inline-six to the V-6 layout,” one of Daimler’s engineers remembers. “Now it’s the other way around.” Mercedes is pulling an about-face, returning to the straight-six configuration for the same reasons that originally had it embrace the V-6.

Back then, a common parts and production strategy dictated the switch. Daimler had developed a generation of V-6 and V-8 engines with common parts. (The last remnant of that era is the loosely related 6.0-liter V-12 that sits under the hood of the 600 and AMG 65 models.) Continue Reading

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