As much as I enjoyed the refit-E's aesthetic, that was something I had issue with.
OTOH, a "refit" usually is an ugly thing, built of compromise atop compromise...
Oh, it isn't ugly by any means. In fact, I think that it LOOKS great. I think the word is brazen
. Having the torp bays out like that just screamed, excuse the expression, "look at THESE guns" or if you prefer, "we come in peace: shoot to kill." It's as if they took the general smooth aesthetic of the TOS enterprise, but got it backward.
In TOS, all the phaser emitters and torpedo ports were recessed and possibly covered, while navigational sensor / deflector dish protruded. In the movies, the sensors and deflectors were recessed, and the weapons were what protruded.
I am sure there are reasons for this both in universe and production wise, but ironically these changes happened under Roddenberry's watch, before Bennett and Meyer were ever involved.
Sorry to get so far off topic.