The engine is secured under the hood of the car, it usually looks like a huge deceptive mess of wires, tubes and metal. So that car can run smoothly. After all, this is what converts all energy into mechanical form, which can make your car run. The car’s engines come in a variety with different characteristics, but with the same purpose. If you own a car or are thinking of buying one, it is necessary to familiarize yourself with different types of car engines.

Let’s look further at how you can really discern these engines as soon as you see them.

Car Engines Types

Here you can discover the automobile engine type of your car, just by knowing about the cylinders:


Rebuilt, Used, New and Remanufactured Engines are different from them. 



You will see all the cylinders systematize in a line. They will be facing upwards which is usually perpendicular to the car. Such endowment can be seen in engines in a broad category of little and hatchback cars. In these engines, the cylinder arrangement is simply straight.

2.VR and W

Modified by the Volkswagen Group, it uses a similar law for all those V engines. There is a very narrow space between the cylinder of the VR and W engines. And, the space is so narrow that these cylinders are squit together in a block. It is on this basis that the W configuration joins the two banks of the VR engine. Manufacturers rarely use this engine and configuration in modern cars. Cars like the Bentley Mulsanne, however, use it.


The boxer is also known as the flat. These use horizontally opposite engine cylinders that are simply placed on their sides in two banks. But, the two cylinders do not face each other, in fact, they point away from each other. Well, it allows gravity to remain at a low level, which only adds to the benefits of handling. Brands like Porsche use this type of arrangement of cylinders in their vehicles.



When looking at the engine from the front, this arrangement alphabetized. Each cylinder will be outward and will be running a common crankshaft at the base. Expect this type of engine in all those premium and high-performance cars, as it allows for more cylinders to be squeezed into. Also, the space consumed by cylinders is quite compact compared to other engines.


Looking at the order of the cylinder in this engine, you will see that the position is made parallel to the car. All premium cars like BMW use such cylinder engines with such cylinder positioning.



It is also known as the Wankel engine, the rotary is an engine that has no piston. This engine uses rotors instead of pistons. The rotary engine is designed to be compact and small; In addition, it has a curved, inner shape. The central rotor of this engine turns in only one direction, producing all 4 OTTO strokes with intake, compression, power and exhaust running efficiently.

Today, there are a limited number of cars with rotary engine design. You can find the Mazda RX-8 and its predecessor – the Mazda RX – and the rotary engine in the model. The rotary engine is not popular because it has a design limitation that is the reason for the low torque level.

These are some of the types of cylinder arrangement in different cars, which can help you identify the correct engine inside. Yes, all of these require different types of maintenance, which you can discuss with a professional mechanic as well.

In addition, cylinders typically come in various configurations, which can span from twin-cylinder, three-cylinder, four-cylinder, five-cylinder to six to eight and even ten-cylinder engines. These car engine types are some of the common engine types used to drive vehicles these days.

There are two kinds of engines:

  1. External Combustion Engine
  2. Internal Combustion Engine

External Combustion Engine

This type of engine allows fuel combustion outside the engine. The burning of fuel generates heat, which then mutates water or other liquid into steam. Once it becomes high-pressure steam, it causes the turbine to rotate. In this type of engine, fuel can be anything from fuel and fluid to gas. You can see these engines working in ships, driving locomotives, and even in places where electricity is produced.

There are some benefits of using this engine including cheaper fuel usage with solid fuel, more flexible and higher starting torque.

Internal Combustion Engine

An engine where fuel combustion takes place inside the engine is an internal combustion engine. High pressure and temperature is generated inside the engine cylinder with the burning of fuel. This high pressure then propagates on the piston, which is responsible for the rotation of the wheels. When your car’s engine type is this, we use highly volatile fuels such as diesel and petrol in addition to gases only. You can use these types of car engines in places where electric power is used and also the automobile industry.

Counting its advantages, this engine has overall higher efficiency over external combustion engines. Furthermore, this engine is quite compact and takes up comparatively little space. Even the initial cost is low and you will be able to start this engine easily in those chilling days, as it uses only highly volatile fuel. There are many online sources, where you can find simple and effective ways to increase engine power. Eventually, it would be better to update yourself first about the future problem.

In upper lines in the note we talked little about new, rebuilt, used and remanufactured engines these are different because they are manufacturing and repairing process of the engines.