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V-type Engine

This is like two engines together side-by-side in a V shape, joined at the bottom with a common crankshaft.

For example, a V6 is just two three-cylinder engines joined together, but is much more compact than a straight-six (also called an inline engine).

The V is measured in degrees – for example, the usual angle for a V8 is 90 degrees.

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