What Are The Best Sounding Inline-Six Cars Of All Time?

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A V6 isn't the only way to arrange six-cylinders.

Everyone seems to have their own preference on what is the best sounding engine type. We've covered the rarefied five-cylinder engine as well as the much more common V6 engine. There have been some very special V6 engines over the years, but what about the engines that have all six cylinders in a row? The inline-six engine has many applications from sports cars to big trucks, but we wanted to focus on the former and list our five favorite sounding inline-six engines. Let us know your favorites in the comments.


The E46 generation BMW M3 with a 3.2-liter naturally aspirated inline-six. In the hardcore CSL version, this engine produced 360 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The S54 sounds even better than its turbocharged descendants that currently power BMW M cars.

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One of the reasons why the R32-R34 Nissan Skyline GT-Rs were so special was the RB26DETT engine. This 2.6-liter inline-six produced around 276 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, but was highly underrated to comply with Japan's gentleman's agreement on horsepower in the 1990s.

The original Jaguar E-Type was called the most beautiful car in the world by Enzo Ferrari himself. The car also had a very special sounding triple SU carbureted 3.8-liter inline-six engine. This engine was later increased to 4.2-liters with 265 hp.

The Toyota Supra is one of the most legendary tuner cars of all time. The stock Supra Turbo was powered by a 3.2-liter 2JZ-GTE inline-six with two turbos. The car produced 320 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque in the US version, but what really makes this engine special is its ability to be tuned and its amazing turbo sound.

The original Nissan Skyline GT-R came out in 1971. The car was powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC S20 inline-six with 160 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque. This tiny inline-six engine has one of the most unique engine sounds that you will ever hear.

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