Last evening at a cruise-in a discussion came up about inline six cylinder engines (like the Chevy 292 and Ford 300) having a reputation for being "torque monsters". It was also noted that inline sixes were often the engine of choice for big trucks because of their torque characteristics. So here's my question: is the higher torque attributed to inline sixes due to the fact that their generally vertical configuration allowes for a longer stroke? Or is there some other factor inherent in the design (such as degrees of crankshaft rotation between cylinder firing, breathing characteristics, or something else that encourages higher torque? It's been said that Henry Ford hated six cylinder engines. Anybody know if there was a rational (i.e. engineering) reason for this? Personally I just think they're cool. Anyway, all things being equal, does the number of cylinders and the engine configuration ,in itself, have a significant effect on engine torque? Thanks for sheding some light on this.