Lots of new cars have engines that are great to look at. Here are some of the best.
Whether you choose V-8 or V-12, you can't go wrong with the engine in the DB11. Both are treated to a smattering of finely detailed trim pieces, like metal oil fill caps, badges, and a massive triangular crossbar. Plus, if you opt for the AMG-sourced eight-cylinder, the turbos are mounted at the top, in plain view.
BMW uses a fair bit of plastic to shroud its engine bays, but it usually does right by its high-performance M cars. The M3 (and M2 Competition) sport the brand's signature "M Power" slogan and this wild carbon fiber strut bar that protrudes out towards the bumper.
The supercharged LT5 engine in the new ZR1 is so big, it couldn't fit under the hood. Instead of making a big bulge for it to nest under, engineers simply slapped some carbon fiber on top of the supercharger, and cut a hole in the hood. It makes everything look that much cooler.
Believe it or not, Maserati still sells the GranTurismo coupe, which first debuted in 2007. It uses a Ferrari-derived naturally aspirated V-8 with red-painted heads and a sweet intake manifold sporting a trident badge.
The GT350's engine bay might not be beautiful, but it's a whole lot more honest than every other Mustang in the lineup. There's no plastic shroud or big badges blocking you from seeing everything. The intake manifold and massive funnel air filter are nice touches.
Pagani is famous for its focus on making sure every single part used to build its cars is of the greatest quality. That mindset spreads to the engine, where the viewer is greeted with a wonderful array of finely crafted metal and carbon fiber parts.
Lamborghini has never been shy about showing off its powertrains, mainly because it makes some of the greatest new car engines out today. The 6.5-liter V12 stuck in the middle of the Aventador S sits prominently on display.
The Regera's engine is revealed via a massive clamshell opening, and clad in acres and acres of perfectly woven carbon fiber panels.
The quad-turbo W16 engine you see here is actually a scale model, recreated with perfect precision detailing every little piece used to build the Chiron's power source. It's a perfect way to show off just how cool the 1500-horsepower behemoth is.
Singer Vehicle Design doesn't mess around with looks. The Williams-developed engine in its new Dynamics and Lightweighting Study is a stunner, from intake to exhaust.
Though much of the 4.0-liter V8 is hidden from view thanks to its positioning far back in the chassis, the two turbos situated in the V of the engine are plainly visible, and cool to look at.
The V12 found in the 812 Superfast is an evolution of the engine used in F12, massaged to astronomical power numbers. It's a looker, that's for sure.
Nissan's VR38DETT twin-turbo V6 is known for being able to take on a lot of power. It also looks good doing it.
Intake plenums and carbon fiber are cool and all, but nothing beats seeing a massive supercharger bolted onto an engine. The Hemi V8 in the Hellcat twins provide.
The engine in the BRZ-86 twins isn't necessarily cool because of its looks—it's cool because it's so simple and easy to access everything. There aren't mounds of plastic covers and countless screws to dig through to reach parts, which makes it a lot easier to work on and modify.