The editors at cars.com decided it’s time to relax, lean back and… see some amazing tail ends of today’s great rides. Yes, design has its oddities – and every element, even the traditional exhaust pipe – needs to be carefully crafted to become enticing.
While not all automakers defer to our judgment, there’s enough of them that know people could also be attracted to a tail pipe by its form and appearance, besides the usual – “wow, that exhaust sounds great!” judgment call.
So, without further ado, here are some exquisite ends that have been carefully selected by the editors from cars.com. We’ll also reserve this time the right to judge them in our own words.
5. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – A masterfully crafted piece of automotive prowess in its entirety, the Vette’ also opted to marry the center-mounted/ quad pipes scenario – so we have a string of four center-mounted tips. If it’s not love at first sight, you don’t belong here!
4. 2015 Lexus RC F – Surrounded by more potent options – both in terms of raw power and price, the affordable sports car from the luxury Japanese automaker gets the thumbs up for its four pipes arranged in an offset layout. Not overly exotic, but strange enough to surely catch anyone’s attention.
3. 2015 Nissan Nismo GT-R – The Japanese supercar is a true “ninja” warrior, with its menacing looks augmented by the Nismo treatment. When it comes to our tail pipes, the bland-looking separate circle duo on each side is transformed into an exquisite single, split oval.
2. 2015 Dodge Viper – The great American supercar that once had a truck engine keeps true to its tradition no matter what: the reinvented beast keeps the subtle pipes on either side of the car. We don’t care if the doorsills still heat up, the idea of them rumbling next to your ears is really enticing.
1. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder – We’re a little off here, in the way that 918’s pipes are not really in the back. Instead we have the highly unusual case of “top pipes”, mounted just above the engine (the gasoline munching one, the duo of electric motors are in the front and back). There’s a perfectly logical, German explanation: engineers put them there because the hot gases travel the shortest way out. No matter how they take it, the “wow” factor must have been on their list too, right?