Plastic Engine Bay - 2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350: Plastic Engine Bay

July 16, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350

Is the engine ugly because Lexus uses an engine cover or does Lexus use an engine cover because the engine is ugly?

2013 Lexus GS 350

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ about 19,300 miles


  • alex4515 alex4515 Posts:

    Option A - engine is ugly because the cover hides it. Why put un-necessary effort and expense into something that 98% of the owners will never see?

  • alex4515 alex4515 Posts:

    Adding to my post above - I don't agree that this is the best option - I'd rather see a nice looking engine without a plastic cover on top - but what I wrote above is how I imagine Lexus looking at it. "Making this crappy plastic cover is cheap and easy, and that way we don't have to engineer the engine to look half-decent!"

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    The plumbing and wiring is just utilitarian and ugly. I guess that is a small price to pay for the efficiency and performance we enjoy these days.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    The only carmaker we've seen with a nice engine bay are the Audis. Nobody else really does it, and with emissions equipment and such poking all over the place, do you blame them? The plastic cover itself is there for heat and NVH control (at least for the newer direct injected lumps- take a cover off any N20 BMW and marvel at the giant brick of foam under the cover).

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Ford does a good job with their engine bays too.

  • Is the spare tire area in a car ugly because there is a cover or is there a cover because it is ugly?

  • I prefer function over aesthetics. It's an engine. I don't care if it looks pretty, it should be designed to be easily serviceable. It's something you don't have to worry about when you have a new car, but on an old one it becomes an issue if you have to take off a million things to change a simple part.

  • skinnyg skinnyg Posts:

    this is ugly without the cover....the 1st generation LS400 had a beautiful engine from the top at least.....

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    I think the cover is to stop nervous types screaming "SNAKE!!" whenever the hood his opened. :)

  • I actually don't mind engine covers as I like my engine bay to look tidy. My new GS 350 F-Sport's plastic cover is pretty plain looking though especially compared to its competition. Oh well, at least the car competes well in the areas that really count (like handling and acceleration). I really feel like Lexus hit, if not a HR with the new GS, at least a solid triple.

  • tsdriver27 tsdriver27 Posts:

    NVH, DI is noisy.

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