What is the difference between a V6 and V8 Engine?



V6 vs V8 – which engine is the best option for you? If you want a car like the New Jeep Wrangler from Capital Jeep that can deal with rugged road conditions, you’re going to need a powerful engine. Knowing the difference between a V6 and V8 can come in handy here. 

Both types are configured in a V shape, hence the name, with the V6 engine having six cylinders and the V8 fitting eight of them. The V8 is capable of producing more power, resulting in your car being able to accelerate much faster. The cylinder banks of the V8 engine are also positioned in a perpendicular angle to provide smoother power delivery.   

In terms of fuel economy, the V8 consumes a lot more fuel in comparison to the V6, making it uneconomical in terms of fuel efficiency if you just want to drive around in the city through the streets of Charlotte, Concord, or Rock Hill. It also has higher maintenance costs in case of any damage and overall expenditures. 

Further, the V8 engine generates a greater amount of friction in comparison to the V6 engine type. Also, the V6 doesn’t demand frequent refilling of the tank after short periods of time. 

The short packaging of the V8 engine offers great balance depending on whether it fits the cross-plane or flat plane type of crankshaft. A higher displacement is also made possible through its rigid design. Besides, V8 engines are mostly seen in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models.  

The compact V6 engine can come in either 2.0-liter or 4.0-liter variants and serves as a great mid-point between the 4-cylinder and V8 engine options. Its high power output makes it apt for use with the rear, front, and all-wheel-drive models without compromising on fuel economy. With V6 engines, you can ensure that you’re driving on an engine that runs more quietly compared to what would be possible on a V8 engine. 

Powerful engines are important for your drive; no doubt. But if you want the additional benefit of a fuel-efficient drive, V6 engines can help you meet your needs.

Capital CDJR of Indian Trail in Monroe, NC, can take a through a tour of both V6 and V8 models. Get in touch with us for more information.

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