Hooniverse Asks- What's The Best Looking Modern Engine?


According to the Bard, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Of course it’s most likely that Shakespeare made that claim because he didn’t meet Elizabethan era standards for attractiveness. I mean, I’ve seen the block prints.

Aside from his questionable aesthetic attributes, Shakespeare had other issues of note, one of which is that he never wrote anything about cool cars or their engines. Now an automobile’s engine should first and foremost champion form over function, but that doesn’t mean they can’t look good corralling all those ponies, after all, beauty doth of itself persuade.

Because of this need for both power and presentation, a number of engine bays have become glorious playgrounds of aesthetic expression. The question for today is, when you pop that hood, aesthetically speaking, what would you most like to find waiting? 

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40 responses to “Hooniverse Asks- What's The Best Looking Modern Engine?”

  1. Maymar Avatar

    <img src="http://0.tqn.com/d/cars/1/0/_/v/08_c63amg_engine.jpg&quot; width=500 /img>
    I mean, it's one of the few that immediately comes to mind that isn't hidden behind a square metre of plastic.

  2. muthalovin Avatar

    Hooniverse Asks- What is the best looking piece of plastic covering what we care most about?

  3. LTDScott Avatar

    I like the new Ford Coyote 5.0. While it does have some plastic cladding, the real intake manifold runners are proudly displayed at the top of the engine. Kinda reminds me of a Porsche 928 V8.
    <img src="http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/attachments/2005-2009-mustang-talk/86619d1262019072-new-coyote-5-0-photo-5.0.jpeg&quot; width=650>

    1. JayP2112 Avatar

      My answer too… Camilo Pardo worked on that cover.
      Roush has take-offs for $80. I thought about getting one to mock up a nice display in the living room.

    2. CABEZAGRANDE Avatar

      The Coyote is my vote too, although I specifically like the Boss version of the engine (without the covers). The intake manifold reminds me of the old 60's high rise intakes 🙂
      <img src="http://image.hotrod.com/f/techarticles/engine/hrdp_1205_new_boss_302_intake_test/37306567+w640/hrdp_1205_000_the_new_boss_302_intake_.jpg&quot; width="600">

  4. rennsport964 Avatar

    How could anyone possibly know? Just about every engine these days is obscured by stupid plastic cladding.

  5. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    The new 6 inline from the BMW K1600 GT looks kind of sexy. (should not be covered in fairings)
    <img src="http://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/crop/201007/bmw-k-1600-gt-and-bm-2_1600x0w.jpg&quot; width="600">

    1. IronBallsMcG Avatar

      Yes, yes, yes!
      OK, I'm biased. but you should still hear one through a full Remus system with the baffles out.

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      The Horex VR6 is very disappointed by your choice.
      <img src="http://www.motorradonline.de/sixcms/media.php/11/thumbnails/Horex-VR6_3078.jpg.2220537.jpg&quot; height="512">

      1. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

        Horex? weren't they dead since th sixties?

        1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
          Peter Tanshanomi

          Yes, they were, but the name is back on an all new bike.

  6. Kogashiwa Avatar

    This is really difficult. Most engine bays can't actually be seen but there's good reason for that – so many accessory parts go around a modern engine it'd be just a cluttered mess. Still better than '70s vacuum hose nightmare though. So … R8 V10 perhaps?
    <img src="http://downloads.xdesktopwallpapers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/2010-Audi-R8-Gt-V10-Engine.jpg&quot; width="600">

  7. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    I also can appreciate the old school looks of the aircooled CB1100
    <img src="http://www.iamabiker.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2013-honda-cb1100-06.jpg&quot; width="600">

  8. CeRuLeaNBLu Avatar

    <img src="http://media.emercedesbenz.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/amg_05.jpg&quot; width="600">
    I'll take the AMG mill in the Pagani Huayra please.
    Big linkie: <a href="http://i.imgur.com/Qq73X8P.jpg” target=”_blank”>http://i.imgur.com/Qq73X8P.jpg

  9. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    Oh I forgot this one the Hartley H1 of the Atom 500, trumpets FTW
    <img src="http://cdn.24.co.za/files/Cms/General/d/172/91a85fa42e5b48f1ae3b042db0c5e383.jpg&quot; width="600">

  10. engineerd Avatar

    I'm going to go with some low hanging fruit and pick the 8-litre W16 with four (4!!) turbochargers.
    <img width=500 src="http://imagesci.com/img/2013/04/bugatti-veyron-164-engine-5122-hd-wallpapers.jpg"&gt;
    Image from imagesci.com.

  11. Devin Avatar

    The Maserati GranTurismo might have a ton of wires scattered about, but it's still highlighting the beating heart.
    <img src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2012/07/lead5-2013-maserati-granturismo-sport-fd.jpg"&gt;

    1. sc296 Avatar

      looks like an ls1

    1. Tiller188 Avatar

      Came here to post WRX as the everyman-attainable answer (yes, I drive one and am therefore biased…but I immediately loved it when I first saw it and popped the hood to see no pointless plastic cladding), leaving happy. Not to be too nitpicky, by the way, but that looks like a WRX engine bay rather than STi; the STi is, admittedly, probably prettier thanks to a crackle-red-finish metal intake manifold, rather than the black plastic.

  12. john365 Avatar

    Define modern first.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      After WWII.

  13. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    I'm going to go off the beaten path and say the BRP/Rotax turbo supercharged triple.
    <img src="http://www.boattest.com/images-gallery/photos/sea-doo_210sp_RotaxEngines.jpg"&gt;

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      I dunno, I'd have to give the edge to Russell Sutton's Honda RFVC radial, even if it is going in an airboat.
      <img src="http://thekneeslider.com/images/2010/04/xr600-radial-gears.jpg"&gt;


    I like the 2013 GT500's 5.8. Minimal clutter or covers, great looking valve covers, and a pretty roots blower, uncovered for the world to see. I wish the intake didn't obscure so much of the engine, but that's a small complaint and one that's easily fixed with an aftermarket carbon fiber intake.
    <img src="http://mustangsdaily.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/2013-shelby-gt500-engine.jpg&quot; width="600">

  15. Preludacris Avatar

    Under hood aesthetic expression usually comes from a tuner, not the manufacturer. That being said, here is a really nice Prelude bay that happens to be not quite finished yet – the artist is known on forums as 4ws Ryan.
    <img src="http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f121/blahblah3113/20130617_173410_zps43492d38.jpg&quot; width="600">
    (What did you expect from me, some sort of V8?)

  16. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar
    Scandinavian Flick ★

    For the current run of cars, I kinda dig the Ferrari 599 engine bay. It has minimal plastic cladding, and what there is of that is mostly there for air directing purposes.
    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/YTGcDWd.jpg"&gt;

  17. PushrodRWD Avatar

    Is that a trick question….
    If not
    <img src="http://www.allbestwallpapers.com/wallpaper/ferrari/image/ferrari_f430_engine.jpg"&gt;

  18. Josh_Howard Avatar

    This modern enough? The Z32 still has a sexy engine… damn if it doesn't suck to do a plenum pull though.
    <img src="http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff102/bobbywinter_photo/IMG_0714.jpg"width="600"&gt;

    1. CABEZAGRANDE Avatar

      It's why my Z32 TT had leaky valve cover gaskets for it's whole tenure with me, lol. Any other car, 20 minute job. Z32? 2 hours of rage at Nissans packaging engineers.

      1. Josh_Howard Avatar

        You gotta admit though, it all fits…. even if it's just barely able to. I could deal without seeing so many wires and hoses but overall they're pretty clean. I'm just not sure if it counts as modern enough. It did have variable valve timing.

  19. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar
    Scandinavian Flick ★

    New answer… Not sure how I didn't think of this before.
    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/0zEONYe.jpg&quot; width="500">
    I actually saw one of these on the road recently.
    <img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-rLEsg_skycw/UflVyCB8AqI/AAAAAAAAB8A/S7GyAR_BHjM/s500/IMG_20130705_123746.jpg"&gt;

  20. Number_Six Avatar

    I'm stretching it here by adding the look of the engine to the engine placement, but the Moto Guzzi Griso 8V nails it:
    <img src="http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gallery%20C/Moto%20Guzzi%20Griso%201200%208v%20%2008.jpg&quot; width="500" />

  21. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    If you mean "modern" as in "produced recently" and not technological sophistication, Honda's evergreen little 250 Rebel/CB250 motor still manages to be very pleasant to look at. Something about the shapes of the cylinder and head and the detailing on the valve cover make it feel exquisitely proportioned.
    <img src="http://image.motorcyclecruiser.com/f/29066287/250s_lg 2003_honda_rebel engine_view.jpeg" width="320">

    1. Maymar Avatar

      Did it even count as modern 30 years ago? Effective and reliable though.

  22. jeepjeff Avatar

    [youtube zkpDuqPStKw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkpDuqPStKw youtube]
    5.7L HEMI with old-school carb style intake and most of the plastic crap ripped off.

  23. Zzoott Zzootticus Avatar
    Zzoott Zzootticus

    Is the Cadillac Sixteen recent enough, or does this have to be produciton-only? <img src="http://bit.ly/11xfOvS"&gt;

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