When I first saw it, the Mercury Racing 1350 didn't have the same kind of impact on me. It had more of a "Get out of the way or my spaceship will run you over" impact. The alignment of the turbochargers, which look like something out of the Alien or Predator movies, and all the carbon fiber makes that engine look like something mean, something nasty, from the future.
From a badass bling standpoint, a blower engine wins. But for something contemporary, something that looks like a futuristic "sleeper," the 1350 is stunning.
I actually lean toward the new look ... but love the old.