Bigger engine less cylinders vs smaller engine and more cylinders.

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Crazy*******1997
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Typically bigger engines usually have more cylinders but that’s not the case anymore. Some 1.5/1.6 engines only have 3 cylinders where some 1.2 engines have 4 cylinders, despite the larger engine missing a cylinder the piston size are larger than smaller 4 cylinder engine, So would the larger engine work less harder and be more refined?
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(Original post by CrazyBast*rd1997)
Typically bigger engines usually have more cylinders but that’s not the case anymore. Some 1.5/1.6 engines only have 3 cylinders where some 1.2 engines have 4 cylinders, despite the larger engine missing a cylinder the piston size are larger than smaller 4 cylinder engine, So would the larger engine work less harder and be more refined?
You’re in a grey area here wherein a 3 cylinder engine would probably have more harmonic resonance issues and be less refined when it is running, due to having an uneven firing pattern and a longer stroke, however they are good at balancing this now so it is negligible in some engines. I don’t think the amount of cylinders would really change how hard it works as much as the displacement and additions such as turbocharger does.
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