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Byline: Victoria T. Vizcarra
Larger motors may be coming close to extinction as present-day consumer tastes give the four-banger movement more momentum.
The compact 4-cylinder has various applications, but when outfitted for automobiles, the mechanism will be connected to the car's crankshaft in either of two configurations: an inline engine, with the cylinders mounted on a straight line; and a flat-4 model, in which two sets of cylinders are arranged on either side of the central crankcase.
Ulysses K. Ang, founding editor of MotionCars.Com, says the 4-cylinder system's strongest suit is the simplicity of its design. "It is the smallest engine in which a …