In the early days of automotive design, tailpipes were probably an afterthought. That hasn’t been the case for awhile and automakers flaunt them as an indication of how powerful their vehicles are.
That trend continues today, but seeing shouldn’t necessarily result in believing. Case in point is this Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S. A quick look at the bumper shows what appears to be a four-tailpipe exhaust system, but a closer inspection reveals these are fakes which cover a dual exhaust.
Mercedes doesn’t just ‘lie’ in one direction either as a quick look at the AMG GT R Roadster suggests it has one massive central exhaust. However, a closer inspection reveals there are two additional exhaust tips on either side.
Of course, there are worse examples out there including the VW Golf Variant which has a faux dual exhaust system which is effectively black plastic surrounded by metallic trim. While it might look convincing at a distance, the actual exhaust is all on the driver’s and simply points down at the ground.
The downward facing exhaust is common on many VW models as it can be seen on the Arteon, Passat Variant and Tiguan Allspace. Even the Audi Q5 hasn’t been spared from the fakery.
While deceptive exhausts are hardly new, they might become less common in the future. A number of automakers are working on electric vehicles and these models won’t need an exhaust either real or fake.
Take a look below at all the cheesy exhaust holes our photographers nabbed in Geneva this year.