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Cars are more than just a means to get from point A to point B. They can be works of rolling automotive art. Legendary car designers such as Marcello Gandini, Giorgetto Giugiaro, and, more recently, Ian Callum are artistic geniuses as much as they’re “car guys.”
While beauty is without a doubt purely in the eye of the beholder, there are certain cars whose sleek lines, luscious curves, or sheer aggression make them universally loved. Well, at least universally loved here at Business Insider.
Two years ago, we assembled a list that contained what we consider to be the ultimate collection of automotive elegance available at dealerships or from the manufacturer at the time.
For 2018, we’ve updated our list to reflect the latest and greatest from the world’s automakers:
10. Mazda MX-5: Over the past quarter century, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has become the best-selling sports car of all time.
Although earlier generations have not been known as style icons, the current fourth-generation model is a different story. The current MX-5 conveys the car’s sporting heritage in a charismatic and aesthetically pleasing package.
9. Range Rover Velar: For decades, Land Rover and its posher Range Rover sub-brand have been the vehicles of choice for the landed gentry. The Range has always been interesting and attractive, but never really beautiful — until now. The new Velar is truly stunning.
The Range Rover Velar is the latest handiwork of Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern. Over the past few years, McGovern has injected a steady dose of cosmopolitan chic to Land Rover/Range Rover’s rugged off-roaders. And the Velar is the latest embodiment of this strategy.
8. Jaguar F-PACE: For the first time, not one, but two of the most beautiful cars in the world are SUVs! And they are corporate cousins from Jaguar Land Rover.
Jaguar design boss Sir Ian Callum (he hasn’t been knighted yet, but he should be) expertly translated the brand’s athletic look into SUV form.
7. Lexus LC 500: Over the past few years, Lexus and its spindle grille have polarised the automotive community. However, the luxury brand’s new LC 500 coupe is a whole different story. I think we can all agree it’s simply gorgeous.
The LC’s striking looks begin with the most successful implementation of the spindle grille to date. In addition, the car’s flowing silhouette and chiselled edges make for a truly eye-catching ride.
6. Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta: For many, Ferraris are worth idolizing for their beauty simply because they are Ferraris. But the reality is that, over the past 15 years, the company has had its fair share of misses. Fortunately for Ferrari, its flagship LaFerrari Aperta isn’t one of them.
Designed in-house at Ferrari, the drop-top LaFerrari is a bold melange of classic elements from Maranello’s supercars of yore. Its lines are sleek, evocative of a space-ship, yielding the ultimate Ferrari hypercar.
5. Lamborghini Huracán: Critics of Lamborghini’s entry-level model say its design is just too plain. I disagree. Instead, I think the Huracán is tastefully restrained for a Lamborghini and strikes a contrast to the Aventador’s stealth-fighter looks.
The baby-Lambo is sleek and stylish, yet it also effectively conveys the menacing personality of a raging bull without the embellishments that plagued many of the Huracán’s predecessors.
4. Aston Martin DB11: In past Aston Martins, the words “Power, Beauty, and Soul” would appear on the dashboard when you went to start the car. While these words no longer appear in the DB11, they offer a perfect summation of everything this car stands for.
The DB11 is the first time Aston designer Marek Reichman has had the opportunity to go all out on an all-new production model. And what a job he’s done. Reichman’s DB11 is a modern and seductive interpretation of what an Aston should be. It also moves away from the design language set by predecessor Sir Ian Callum’s DB7 that has guided the company for more than two decades.
3. Pagani Huayra: The 230-mph Huayra is the second all-new model to emerge from the Italian workshop of Horacio Pagani. It serves as the successor to the widely praised Zonda.
In may ways, Horacio Pagani is an automotive Steve Jobs. No detail, no matter how minor, is overlooked. Everything from the design of the car’s active aerodynamics to the “ding” sound the shifter makes is carefully and deliberately crafted.
The result is a hypercar with a rocket-ship body and a sort of steampunk interior — utterly original!
2. Ford GT: Ladies and gentleman, the ultimate American supercar. Few cars on the road today are as pleasing to the eye as the Ford GT.
Aesthetically, it’s a wonderfully executed balance between racing-dictated aerodynamics and eye-catching beauty.
For the GT, Ford design boss Moray Callum (Sir Ian’s younger brother) managed to get the car’s functional flying buttresses into its signature design features.
1. Jaguar F-Type: Sir Ian Callum once told me a Jaguar design must possess beauty, simplicity, and a sense of visual prowess.
With the F-Type, Sir Ian has checked all of those boxes — and then some.
The F-Type’s feline curves and muscular stance means this cat from Coventry is ready to pounce. Three years after its introduction, the Jag remains the most balanced and beautiful car in the world. For that reason, Sir Ian’s F-Type manages to stave off a spirited challenge from brother Moray’s stunning Ford GT.
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