The 10 Most Beautiful Cars on Sale Today

The 10 Most Beautiful Cars on Sale Today

Similar to Jimmy Kimmel’s Handsome Men’s Club, we like to imagine all the really good-looking cars occasionally gather together to affirm each other’s hotness. Yet until autonomous cars imbued with artificial intelligence—and egos—arrive, the task of sorting the 10 most beautiful cars on sale today falls to us. Before your fingers hit that keyboard to post angry comments because your Toyota Yaris didn’t make the list, let us point out that, while aesthetics are subjective, these cars were chosen by our staffers based on a definition of “beauty” that includes not just attractiveness but also cohesiveness and purity of design. Okay, now you can ream us in the comments section.

10. Audi R8

2014 Audi R8 Plus

The aging, soon-to-be-replaced R8 among today’s most beautiful cars? Probably controversial. But the R8 remains every bit the design icon it was when it debuted nearly a decade ago. It’s telling that the car still looks like nothing else out there, with a semi-rounded surface theme that would probably look ridiculous on anything else. Paired with Audi’s delicate headlights and taillights, simple grillework, and that roofline, though, it makes for a gorgeous retiree.

9. Land Rover Range Rover

2014 Land Rover Range Rover

The Range Rover makes this list because of its pure surfaces. The previous-gen Range Rover was a rectilinear ode to the T-square, but, while it was quite handsome, the new one makes it look blocky and cheap by comparison. We like the way Land Rover introduced a subtle curve to the door sections, not to mention the body’s more pronounced rearward taper. The more dynamic surfacing elevates the classic “square” look to a new, even classier level.

8. Porsche 911

2014 Porsche 911 4S

Even as the latest Porsche 911 has grown and pushed even farther upmarket, there’s no denying the current model looks better for it. Already a pretty car, the 911’s longer wheelbase and re-contoured tail lend it a wonderful stance, and the overall proportions still work well with Porsche’s classically curvy styling language and the 911’s unique, tail-heavy profile. And we can’t talk about the 911 without mentioning those hips—they practically beg you to grab hold and . . . okay, we’ll stop.

7. Cadillac ELR

2014 Cadillac ELR

The ELR plug-in’s non-traditional path to beauty—it possesses far more straight lines than curved—landed it on our list. In spite of its cab-forward, front-drive proportions, the ELR wears perhaps the most finely tuned iteration of Cadillac’s crisp Art & Science design language. And the shape, classicism be damned, is dramatic, while the jeweled detailing and trim exude class, wealth, and style.

6. Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4

2014 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4

We can practically hear your fingers hovering over those keyboards—yes, the Huracán isn’t as outrageous as bulls past, but that’s why it’s on this list. Even ignoring the badge on the stubby hood, this is an exceptionally clean yet exotic shape. Call it the High-Art Doorstop or Subtle Surfacing Perfected—either way, it’s a wonderful thing to behold. And with a massaged 5.2-liter V-10 making 601 horsepower, it should be a wonderful thing to drive, too.

5. Aston Martin V8 Vantage

2014 Aston Martin Vantage and DB9 Carbon

Wheels pushed to the absolute corners; classic long-hood, short-deck proportions; and clean, graceful sheetmetal: We can only be talking about Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage, a proper sports car through and through. This fifth-place showing comes as Aston continues to introduce special-edition models, which typically signify a car’s impending doom. But as with Jennifer Aniston, this hot car shows age is just a number.

4. Mercedes-Benz S-class Coupe

2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

In the ultra-luxury realm, size matters—and it’s one of the reasons why the 2015 S-class coupe places so highly in our beauty rankings. This plus-size pinup’s use of proportion and its pervasive tapering arc design theme accentuate both its size and grace. The hood seems unbelievably long (a neat visual trick, courtesy of the upright and forward grille), and the three body-side lines add length and catch light like Tinker Bell scooping fairy dust. Did Germans really design this thing?

3. Ferrari 458 Italia

2014 Ferrari 458 Italia

We like the 458 Italia because it’s everything a Ferrari should be: Race-car tech wrapped in stunning sheetmetal. In this case, the Pininfarina-penned mid-engine sports car’s aggressive and almost brutally low body suits its knife-edged personality perfectly. We could spend hours poring over the 458’s numerous and carefully designed details—and we have.

Instrumented Test: 2014 Audi R8 V-10 Plus
Instrumented Test: 2014 Porsche 911 GT3
Instrumented Test: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged

2. Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

Sure, few Alfa Romeos are born ugly, but the mid-engine 4C sprung into this world like an 18-year-old Kate Upton: fully formed and capable of holding your eyeballs in a vice grip. Just stare at its curves, taut lines, and athletic posture, and before long you’ll be mentally transported to a twisty road somewhere in northern Italy. Bellissima. The Spider’s better-resolved, less-arachnidan headlight units give it the nod here, but the same pieces will soon be offered on the coupe, so you can’t really go wrong either way.

1. Jaguar F-type Coupe

2015 Jaguar F-type V6 S coupe

Whether you begin with the Jaguar F-type coupe’s proportions, its muscular shape, or its amazingly purposeful stance, it is a seriously pretty kitty. What about the roadster, you say? It, too, is gorgeous, but the coupe’s plunging roofline and more-defined rear haunches give it the edge. And the experience isn’t merely visual—the F-type R Coupe’s supercharged V-8 soundtrack is pure aural ecstasy.

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