We’re two-thirds of the way through the year and in the past 8 months we’ve seen some utterly spectacular cars take their first tentative miles out of the factory. Some have been good-looking; some have been less so. A rarefied few have even managed that perfect balance sleek, sportiness and inspired design to be called beautiful.
While we’re well aware that all this is more than a little subjective, here are the five cars of the past year that we consider the most beautiful. Disagree? Let us know in the comments. Go on, we can take it.
1. Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante
Last year the Vanquish Zagato Volante was without a doubt one of the finest-looking cars of the year. Well, why break a winning formula? This time Aston Martin have applied the combination of designer stylings and innate automotive beauty to the roofless Speedster. It has all the performance you expect from Aston in the signature ruby red of Zagato. It might not be the most practical of the range but it’s the most stunning; unfortunately, at 28 examples worldwide it’s also the rarest.
2. Ferrari 812 Superfast
As the successor to the F12 Berlinetta the 812 Superfast had some expensive Italian shoes to fill. We doubt there’s a reviewer across the globe that would disagree that it managed just that. The most powerful Ferrari ever put into unlimited production, that performance is mirrored in the elegantly-sculpted sides and low, languid silhouette. You can’t help but stare at it. Not that you notice from behind the wheel; there are far more important things to focus your attention on there.
3. Ford GT
Ford’s phenomenal GT might be one of the oldest references still in use, but like a good Californian red it just keeps getting better with age. Each edition brings yet more refinements in both beauty and engineering and it follows that therefore the 2017 is the finest yet. In this case, logic holds true. Tell someone you’re getting a Ford and see what they say. Then casually mention it can hit 217mph. The GT is as beautiful as the look on their face.
4. McLaren 720S
With the Ultimate series, McLaren laid down the insane look of equally insane performance. In the Sports series, the 570 and 650 toned that down a bit; a little too much some might say. The 720S is in our opinion the perfect balance between the two. It’s light, strong and incredibly fast (it wouldn’t be a McLaren otherwise, would it?) with a brilliant glass canopy as a centrepiece. It’s not only something to look at but is almost as incredible to look out from.
5. Porsche 911 Carrera
Given the glacial speed of evolution when it comes to the 911, it might seem a little bit odd to have the newest version of the Carrera in this list. Then again, it’s an icon for a reason and this second generation has just enough aesthetic changes to warrant its place. Granted most of them are directly due to changes underneath – rear vents for extra cooling, new aerodynamics and the like – but go on. Tell us it isn’t still a breath-taking car, especially as it shoots to 191mph.