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As the saying goes, beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, and while some cars are universally agreed upon to be the delightful to the eye, many others are considered to be as visually appealing as the prospect of spending six months in Orange Is The New Black’s SHU. Here’s the amazing part though, in so many cases it can be the exact same cars. What’s beautiful to you might be markedly less so to someone else.
And, of course, vice versa.
In other words, we know this is one of those things it’s going to be hard to get everyone to agree upon. And that’s all right. It’s what makes the world such a wonderful place. If you look long enough and diligently enough at any group of objects, you really can find something for everyone—no matter how poor his or her taste is compared to yours.
Alfa Romeo 4C
The human eye loves to trace a curve, and gracefully bent lines are something the Alfa Romeo 4C possesses in tremendous abundance. From the voluptuous swells of its fenders, to the graceful arc of its roofline, the 4C’s splendid display of radii is fodder for hours and hours of long lingering looks. Further, they way they all converge to produce an outline at once powerful with just a hint of femininity further entices the eye. The first night you take an Alfa 4C home you’ll spend a good hour and a half in the garage just staring at it.
The Aston V8 Vantage’s look features just the right amount of muscularity to counterpoint its long, low, and sleek profile. What’s more, while the design is perfectly cohesive, walking around the car you see a broad variety of details If the penning of this car had been left to a less talented individual, the design could well have emerged as a collection of disjunctive automotive clichés, as a number of familiar styling devices are employed. What makes it masterful is the way each device is employed just enough to achieve perfection in its role. No more—and no less.
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
The flowing arc of the “chopped” roofline nicely accentuates the arrow-like profile of the lower body of the car to produce a design the eye loves to linger upon. What more, the car looks good from every angle, dead-on, front 3.4, rear ¾, profiles, going away, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is simply a very attractive car. Factor in the sculpted sides and prominent character lines, all of which work hand-in-hand with the overall design and you’ve got a serious looker on your hands.
Ferrari La Ferrari
How can you possibly assemble a list of the most beautiful cars and leave Ferrari off the list? Sexy siren-esque good looks are part and parcel of what the marque is all about. Most people will, in all probability never see the Ferrari LaFerrari, limited to a run of just 499 cars, on the street. And that’s a shame. The low and lean profile of the car, punctuated by its massive side scoops, blacked out canopy, and oversized tires and wheels just flat screams sex appeal—exactly as you would expect an exotic sport car of its nature to do.
Despite having been around for some 12 years now, the Jaguar XK remains one of the most beautiful cars on the road. Proving age ain’t nuthin’ but a number, the XK’s enduring good looks come from its classic proportions, large wheels pushed out to the absolute edges of it body work, and its delicately thin A pillars. This car says powerful and graceful simultaneously, which is exactly what a Jaguar is supposed to be about. Few designs speak so well to the personality of the cars they envelope.
Jaguar F-Type Coupe
The Jaguar F-Type Coupe’s rear fenders make the car look as if it is just waiting to burst into motion. Further, the design proffers another wonderful illusion. Seen in profile, the F-Type Coupe almost appears to have no rear deck at all. It’s like the arch of the roof goes straight to the tail of the car. This further enhances that look of pent up energy, hinting at explosive acceleration, as well as tremendous roadholding capability—both of which the car offers in abundance. The design mirrors exactly what the car will do, and you have to love that.
Mercedes-Benz S Class Coupe
In a time when there are so many governing regulations affecting the way new cars look, for Mercedes to come up with something this distinctive for its new flagship coupe is a considerable achievement. Another wonderful aspect of the design of this car is how well it disguises the actual size and heft of the automobile. The way all of the weight of the car is massed around the rear wheels in the profile view imparts a sense of tremendous power. Easily the loveliest Mercedes in quite some time, the design of the S-Class Coupe is a rousing success.
Instantly recognizable as a Porsche 911, yet altogether different from so many of the models preceding it, the look of the current 911 Porsche is simultaneously planted and yet agile—light on is feet even. Regardless of the angle from which it is viewed, there are eye-pleasing details to behold on the 911. The rippling curves of the rear fenders, the broad, yet delicate expanse of the tail of the car, the way it hunkers down over those huge wheels, the 911 makes you almost salivate as you eye the sensuous landscape of its bodywork.
Like the Alfa 4C with which this list began, what makes the current Cayman work so well is the abundance of the flowing arcs which characterize its appearance. Interestingly, the styling of first generation of the Cayman doesn’t work nearly as well as the contemporary version of the mid-engined Porsche coupe. The additional heft afforded the rear fenders, and the way the roofline gracefully descends to the tail of the car makes for a much more cohesive look overall, and in our opinion readily qualifies the entry-level Porsche model for this list of the most beautiful cars for 2015.
By Lyndon Bell