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Old 08-12-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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Default The Most Beautiful Cars Of 2011

Jaguar XKR-S


Last week in Water Mill, N.Y., more than 100 Ferrari owners gathered to celebrate their passion for the brand.

They parked their Scagliettis and Testarossas on the lush green lawn of a 50-acre estate with polo fields and an azure pool filled with Moet-branded life preservers. Then they drove on a 36-mile loop around the poshest of Hamptons neighborhoods before returning for an evening polo match, Brazilian music and hors d’oeuvres. Invited guests milled the grounds drinking champagne and drooling over the vehicles.

It was all part of Nathaniel Christian’s third-annual Hamptons Ferrari Rally, an event the real-estate developer formed to bring together “gear heads and nice people.” Suffice it to say, beauty—whether in the cars or in the women—was not in short supply.

“I love Ferraris, and this was the best way I could get a lot of them in one place,” Christian says. He declined to say exactly how much he spent on the party, though he did say he could have bought a new Ferrari with what it cost.

Looks Do Matter


Ferrarj 599 GTO

It’s easy to see the appeal. Like the Audi R8 GT Spyder and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, the Ferrari 599 GTO made this year’s list of the most beautiful new cars.

The cars on the list are the latest installment of beauties to hit the market. Last year we reviewed the most beautiful new cars of 2010, and in 2009 we rounded up some beautiful vintage head turners, so for the latest graduating class of stunners we considered 2012 models and/or those available only for the first time in 2011.

Just being new and expensive wasn’t enough to make this list—the angular Pagani Hyuara and Ferrari FF, for instance, didn’t make the cut.

Audi A7

Tim Philippo, a product manager for Jaguar, says he respects what Ferrari did with the FF–it’s the first four-wheel-drive from the iconic brand and tops a whole new segment of supercars. But its looks can be polarizing.

“Some people think the Ferrari FF is really funny looking,” Philippo says. “I think if you buy the Ferrari FF, half of your friends are going to be interested and the other half are going to be like, why?”

Easy for him to say—he works for Jaguar. But it is tough to deny the shocking good looks of something like the Aston Martin Virage Volante. The hand-assembled 6.0-litre V12 is combined with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters with 490 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque from a mid-mounted engine situated far enough back in the chassis to give an advantage in both ride and handling. Zero to 50 mph in the Volante is 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 186 mph. Price: More than $210,000, which is what the coupe version costs. Aston has yet to release the MSRP for its new convertible.

It’s the kind of car you’d expect would carry its value. In fact, David Gooding, founder and president of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Gooding & Company, says beauty is essential in determining a car’s worth at auction.

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid

“Beauty first and foremost is the No. 1 factor in evaluating a car,” he says. “There are many cars that are super rare, super historical important cars, but they just aren’t as beautiful as a comparable car. I have been on the other end of trying to sell those cars sometimes, and [it’s difficult]. But if it is beautiful, it always captivates people. Always.”

The same goes for the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid. The plug-in coupe combines a 500 horsepower V8 engine with two electric motors that add the equivalent of 218 horsepower. The engine is based on the Porsche RS Spyder racing engine, with a rear-wheel-drive, seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) double-clutch gearbox.

Porsche says the car will go zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, with a top speed of 199 mph. Top speed on electric power alone will be 94 mph–within limited distances, of course.

Audi R8 GT Spyder

But is there any objective factor in determining what makes a car like the Jaguar XKR-S so attractive? Yes, and a lot of it has to do with proportion. Jae Min, a chief designer for Volkswagen Group, says the correct balance between height, length and width plays a significant role in just how beautiful–or unbeautiful–a car appears.

“There is a fundamental value in good proportion even if you look at buildings or even people,” Min says. “That is something that we all share in terms of what is beautiful–we start by using those references.”

The real challenge to making a beautiful car, he says, is to create a design that has relevance without cliché, and then balance it with timelessness and functionality. Audi’s new A7, though less flashy than its counterparts on this list, is a perfect example.

Full List: The Most Beautiful Cars Of 2011

Aston Martin V12 Zagato


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Old 08-12-2011, 02:07 PM   #2
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I'm probably in the minority but I think the Aston Martin V12 Zagato looks MUCH worse than a stock Aston. It's a typical Forbes circle jerk list to make rich people feel better about dumping tons of money on a car they will never drive as it should be driven.
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:12 PM   #3
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I'm probably in the minority but I think the Aston Martin V12 Zagato looks MUCH worse than a stock Aston.
I'm with you. Something about it just looks... off.
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:14 PM   #4
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The Jag is not a nice looking car, imho.
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:25 PM   #5
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The Jag is not a nice looking car, imho.
nor is the a7.
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:32 PM   #6
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Disagree with pretty much everything on that list. Aston Martin yeah but not those particular models, and way too many convertibles in general. I think the coupe version of any model generally looks better too, with a couple historic exceptions. I do like the 599 but man are they huge in person, and I don't think they compare to the older stuff like the 275 GTB/4 (yeah yeah 2011 whatever, progress should be forward.)
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:37 PM   #7
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A7 and R8, most definitely. Others, not really.

I don't understand why people don't like the A7. It really looks nice in person.
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A7 and R8, most definitely. Others, not really.

I don't understand why people don't like the A7. It really looks nice in person.
While I'm a big fan of the A4 and A5, the A7 has some visual cues that just don't work for me, like the way the hood/headlight integration is done; there's something that seems off proportionally (like the grille of the A8, which I think is just so massively oversized with those odd, droopy looking headlights on the side). The back end of the A7 also - almost illusion-like - looks really long. I could certainly see how impressions would be different seeing it in person... problem is that most of the pictures I've seen - which are the *best* shots from Audi themselves and other pro photogs - just don't look all that great, so I don't feel compelled to seek it out.

The A5/S5 is just perfection to me in the current Audi lineup in terms of aesthetics. But that's the thing w/ looks... it's all pretty much subjective.

Edit: Wow, I thought that Jag was some kind of Hyundai at first!
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nor is the a7.
I think the A7 is quite nice looking. The Jag looks like a riced out Taurus from the 90's.
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The title should have read,"The Most Beautiful Cars Of 2011 that most of us can not afford."
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:27 PM   #11
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Saw an A7 on the road yesterday and thought it looked quite nice. Very elegant.

But then, I occasionally find certain angles of the Panamera (Turbo) attractive, so clearly I've lost it.
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I am shocked they did not say the volt was the most beautiful...


Because its beauty is on the inside...

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^^ your such a Leaf harda har.. I agree with JC..
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The title should have read,"The Most Beautiful Cars Of 2011 that most of us can not afford."


the point is to find the most beautiful cars, period. if you want to exclude cars of a certain price, make your own list and call it "the most beautiful cars under XXk."
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the point is to find the most beautiful cars, period. if you want to exclude cars of a certain price, make your own list and call it "the most beautiful cars under XXk."
Actually its pointless... beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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I'll vote for my 2005 Impreza again; seventh year running (since I bought it in June 04)!
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A7 looks MUCH better in person, than pictures let on. Very wide, and very low.

R8 and 918 Spyder are of course, stunners.

Vantage Zagato is good, but V12 Vantage stock, is better. Virage is better.

599 might qualify for this year, but I still don't think it is beautiful in the classic sense, and 550/575 was a purer aesthetic.

And the Jag XKR is gorgeous with the new headlights, but the XKR-S is too much. Too many slots and scoops for the grace part of "Grace, Space, and Pace."
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The A7s lines flow wonderfully, unlike the boaty turd that BWM produced and failed on.

The 918 is sure sexo.
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I'm with you. Something about it just looks... off.
Yep, 370Z with a body kit.......

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The Jag is not a nice looking car, imho.
Bite me The Jags hawt.
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Still as beautiful as day one.
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I'm not familiar with GT-R parts pricing... but that is some steep ****...
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I thought Nissan filled that car with so many electronics it wouldn't start if you put different valve caps on the tires...
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I thought Nissan filled that car with so many electronics it wouldn't start if you put different valve caps on the tires...
Apparently that theory is out the window now.
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I'm not familiar with GT-R parts pricing... but that is some steep ****...
And that doesn't even include the cost of a new transmission one you wrap the one you have
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Still as beautiful as day one.
I can't fap to this.
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