Inline Engines vs V Engines

Inline Engines

In Inline Engines, the cylinders are placed in a single bank.  This type of engine design is used when the number of cylinder is less, such as 8 or 10.


  • Vibrations are lesser 
  • No balancing shafts are required
  • Only one set of cams are required
  • Cheaper to manufacture
  • Can be naturally balanced. No balancing weights are required


  • Difficult to design engines with more number of cylinders.
  • Larger in size.
V Engines

In V engines, the cylinders are placed in two banks, the banks are usually at an angle of 60 degrees. The V engine design is used for engines of large capacity.  

  • Design is complex. 
  • Large engines can be designed using the V design

  • Not naturally balanced
  • Two sets of cam shafts are required
  • Higher vibration than inline engines