A flat engine *is* a "V", with an included angle of 180degrees. And it's the only kind of "V" engine without unwanted torsional stresses.
A flat six is not a V6. That's why it's called a "flat six" and not a "V6".
The original commenter raised a valid point: any 911 owner who describes the unique, whirring lump at the back of his car as a V6 is clearly not a Porsche owner at all...
Many owners of cars like Porsche are just buying it for show, they may not know too much technical detail of the cars they own.
Just bought a 1995 993 in silver -
I picked it up in Brussels for around 23K - it was supplied by a specialist dealer that do Porsche & Ferrari only.
This was a bargain - 78K KM's on the clock - FAULTS - clutch slipped after a couple of weeks - got it back now and drives like a dream. Had an Impreza turbo before - I thought that was quick - the 993 is something else & for the price of a 3 series beemer!!
I recommend this car to any lover of fine cars!! - Dave, age 27.
The flat 'boxer' engine is what made PORSCHE, it's the only thing that hasn't changed in 30 years.
It's the same as a Subaru Impreza engine, but with two more cylinders. So a flat 6 not a flat 4.
Imagine the D's and C's are the pistons, and the = are the con rods, and | represents the crank, there are two cylinder heads, one for each half of the engines.
This type of engine (a flat layout) is often called a Boxer engine, because of the movement of the pistons like boxing..!!!
Could you please give a web address of that company. I presume it was LHD? Also I would intend to replace my 328 e36, is the porsche OK to commute in, does it rattle? I am a fussy bugger, wish I wasn't but no ones perfect.