Why do european hot hatches use inline four engines rather than a v6.?

13 Answers

  • zipper
    Lv 6
    4 months ago

    The price of gas in Europe is twice what we pay here, in some countries it is higher than that even. Plus they do not drive all that much con-paired to us crazy Americans!

  • 5 months ago

    There is a point at which torque steer becomes a problem! I suggest this because I owned a 1989 SHO with a V6 that pumped out stock 220 HP. Off the line torque steer presented some problems. The Front end could jump to the left. Getting hard on the throttle in a turn could produce unpredictable results.

    To control torque steer AWD and traction control is needed. This is a lot of added cost and weight.

    Car companies do a lot of research on what car buyers want and if there was a need for such a car in sufficient quantities to justify production, such a car would be on the market. But there is not enough of a market to justify product development. There are plenty of V6 FWD cars on the market, so it is not a difficulty with fitting the engine in. They are shorter in length then a 4 and do not take up that much room.

    I am sure part of the problem is also added cost for the consumer for insurance. Such a car would be more accident prone and that dictates higher insurance costs.

  • In
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Smaller, lighter cars do not need a bigger engine.

  • 5 months ago

    1. V6 engines won't fit easily in a short front wheel drive platform

    2. Cost of fuel

    3. Cost of insurance

    4. Cost to manufacture/buy

    5. Cost to service/maintain/repair

    6. Handling - a big v6 hanging out front in a FWD platform is nose heavy

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  • 5 months ago

    Power to weight ratio

    They go faster and can also corner like you would not believe.

  • F
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    Because you (USA) get much cheaper gas than we do. UK prices are twice USA and some countries (Mostly Scandinavia) are more than that. The UK gets an exceptionally bad deal, because diesel is far cheaper than gas in most of Europe, but we pay far more.

    • alex5 months agoReport

      Im not american, I live in the UK lol

  • 5 months ago

    its the other way around ..why does america use such large engines ..the majority of v6 models driven in america have a 4 cylinder model in europe ..and they are faster ..more economic and last just as long ..nowadays over here a lot of manufacturers recommended service every two years ..or 19.000 miles ....whereas its every 3.000 miles for you lot ..waste of money ..again we are not recommended to rotate wheels ..its no problem for manufacturers to get up to 200 bhp per litre ..no american motor comes close ..over here we moan if the car wont do 50mpg`...time you caught us up

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Better fuel economy and lower license tax. Road taxes are high and the greater the engine displacement the greater the tax

  • 5 months ago

    Most compact-car platforms aren't designed to be able to house a V6 in the engine bay at all, at least not without extensive and very expensive modifications to the basic chassis architecture. So when making a hot hatch out of compact cars, the designers are usually limited to using an engine that fits in the engine bay (a 4cyl) without extensive modifications for financial reasons more than anything else.

    The manufacturer still has to make money on the sale of the hot hatch once it's complete after all, and if they had to tack the cost of modifying the chassis architecture to house a V6 onto the sale price of the resulting V6 hot hatch, very few buyers would be willing to pay that extra cost necessary to profit on the sale of the car because it would be a substantial increase in price to say the least.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Primarily for fuel economy. Gasoline is quite expensive in Europe.

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