what is the difference between v12 and w12 engine?


Asked by Apr 20, 2011 at 02:32 AM

Question type: Car Customization

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A V12 is a typical V engine w/ 6 inline cylinders per side. A W12 has two configurations. The original had 3 cylinder banks w/ each having 4 cylinders. It was the Napier Lion airplane engine developed in 1917, later used in speed boats and race cars. The VW W12 has 2 banks of 6 cylinders, but the cylinders are staggered to allow for a shorter, but wider block.

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basically a v12 is just a normal v engine with 12 cylinders in the sense that a v6 or a v8 is a normal v engine with that many cylinders whereas a w12 (or a w16 in the bugatti's case) is kind of like two v6 engines next to each other (the bugatti having two v8 engines next to each other)

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In depends on the scene of the car as for example the bugatti veyron 16.4 ss has v12 engine but has 16 cylinders not 12 and now many v6 don't have 6 cylinders some can have just 4 and a weird engine is the audi quattro it has a v8 with just 5 cylinders and a single turbo

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Excuse me Doperapper but WTF are you saying? The acid by you must be killer! 8*)_~~

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