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I hate to appear ignorant, but I have difficulty understanding the following. For $1000,000 we can buy a Bugatti Veyron. It has a 8.0 liter W16 engine. What kind of cylinder configuration is a W?

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The only W motor I know of is the VW W8. It has three rows of cylinders that are only about 15 degrees apart and uses a common head. I thought they invented the W. Next thing you're going to tell me is that Chysler invented the minivan.

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Tin is correct except that the sports version will cost an additional 200k and have 1100hp.

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Hell, I thought he was talking about some antique Buggati. That W18 is a VW motor, because VW owns Buggati. You can see a miniture version in the W8 Passat.One head covers all three rows of cylinders, and the rows actually are staggered to shorten the block.

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I don't know what the new Bugatti W engine looks like, but I can tell you what the W engine looked like that Harry Miller built in the 1920's. If you looked at the engine from the front there are three banks of cylinders. The real cool part was the connecting rod that connected to three pistons! Try to picture a normal connecting rod with a boss above both rod bolts,this had a wrist pin and a foked end rod that went to the outboard piston. Libety aircraft engines used he same design. Back in the 1920's Bugatti built a "U" 16 that was two straigt engines on a common crankcase with the two crankshafts geared together.

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Back in the old days Rolls Royce (I believe) built an aircraft engine in a "W" configuration. It might have been called a lion but I can't find it in my reference materials right now. a "W" configuration has a vertical set of cylinders between the V. I has never been very popular???

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You can also see a W motor in a six cylinder version by VW. VW calls the 6 a "VR" six, its a 15 degree motor with one head that covers both cylinder banks. VW puts it in Jettas and New Beetles.

A "W" motor version from what I understand is available in the Toureg in 8 cylinder and will be expanded to a ten cylinder turbo diesel.

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