EDIT: I fully understand the advantages of an I-6 versus a V-6. What I was curious about is whether or not the F-150 EcoBoost would meet the same level of resistance if it were inline instead of v.

As I was commuting this morning I got to thinking about the F-150 Ecoboost and how it has met some (albeit minimal) resistance among pickup truck purists for having a V-6 instead of a V-8, even though the 3.5 EcoBoost V-6 makes incredible power.

While the most logical conclusion to be drawn regarding this resistance is that 6-cylinder engines are generally perceived to be inferior to their 8-cylinder counterparts, I wonder; does configuration also have something to do with it? Would the EcoBoost meet the same resistance if it were an inline instead of a V?

Ram doesn't seem to get any pushback on its Cummins I-6-equipped 3/4 and 1-ton trucks because they only have 6 cylinders while GM's Duramax and Ford's Powerstroke have 8. BMW I-6s are highly-regarded and even preferred over a V-8 in the case of the M3.

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Just a thought I had.