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Best looking new car on sale today?

 
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marc.noordeloos marc.noordeloos
User | Posts: 174 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 07/15/08
04:49 PM

So, what is the best looking new car on sale today?

-I've always liked the Maser Quattroporte
-The Jag XF looks better every time I see one going down the road
-Aston V8 Vantage is still just stunning
-I still love the proportions of the Range Rover...for an SUV

What do you think?  

svxSTi svxSTi
New User | Posts: 17 | Joined: 06/08
Posted: 07/15/08
07:32 PM

1. Aston V8
2. Audi S8
3. Cobalt SS
4. Toyota Yaris
5. RS4 Cabriolet
6. MB CLS
7. S5
8. BMW X6
9. Civi Si
10.MB R63  

taildraggin taildraggin
User | Posts: 76 | Joined: 04/08
Posted: 07/16/08
04:58 AM

After going through the lines, you can end up with the old generalizations:

Most british or italian; same as it ever was...  

Italy has been pretty weak lately, but is fortified by the Alfa 8C.  Unfortunately, Lotus, the most brilliant British car, has japanese-like overwrought styling (cues, and handling prowess).

The only US statement in auto art is the CTS and it is hideous.  "Bold, Unique, Ugly."  Solstice provides some hope, but it is dipped in that Pontiac cheapness.

German cars to a model are clean, practical and efficient looking, but cold.  But, a sharp kitchen knife isn't 'beautiful.'  The French and Swedes have a history of cars with unique styling (cues and handling prowess), but really aren't producing 'beauty' today.  Better than most, but kind of ho hum.

Japan is hopeless.  The 09 Acura TL, for example, gets its front-end styling cues (and handling prowess) from the Grinch.

They have it in'em to produce beautiful cars, too.  Their underground custom motorcycle scene (particularly, Harleys) is - by far - producing the most captivating motorcycles, anywhere.  Someday, they may produce a bearable looking Evo.

Take your pick: Aston, Jag, or Alfa.  
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taildraggin taildraggin
User | Posts: 76 | Joined: 04/08
Posted: 07/16/08
04:59 AM

Grinch Grinch
Acura 2009 Acura Tsx Press Image001  
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Graduate, Rodan School of Automotive Design

marc.noordeloos marc.noordeloos
User | Posts: 174 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 07/16/08
07:26 AM

Interesting list svxSTI...

My comments...

-V8 Vantage -stunning, wonderful, perfect proportions
-Audi S8 -aggressive, German but I wouldn't say beautiful
-Cobalt SS -not beautiful but not bad looking
-Yaris -sorry, lost you there. 5-door version is decent
-RS4 Cab -sorry, not so good. RS4 Avant is the only really good looking RS4
-MB CLS -love the theory and the aggressive design but bad headlights
-S5 -very, very good looking car but I prefer the simple A5
-BMW X6 -really?
-Civic Si -no too much style there
-R63 -now you're just pulling my leg...  

monoblocks monoblocks
User | Posts: 73 | Joined: 06/08
Posted: 07/17/08
09:33 AM

Ooh, ooh, ooh! Here's my list! Here's my list!

Presenting the 2008 Monoblocks' Abuse of the word 'Looker' Awards:

Best looker in British Racing Green: Aston Martin Vantage V8 coupe. Distant second: Bentley Conti GT. Svelte over Brutalism.

Best looker, on a really, REALLY tight budget where "tight" is the epitome of the term 'everything's relative': Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Best looker, on a sort-of really, REALLY tight budget that means you can't see fit to do an M3: Infiniti G37

Best looker, on a really, REALLY tight budget without such snobbish qualifiers: Mitsubishi Lancer

Best looker where no sane human had really expected it to be a looker given its predecessor: Nissan Maxima

Best looker where the previous iteration set a decent enough aesthetic bar that it would be easy to expect a flub with the next version: Mazda 6

Best looker when retro is about the only thing your company has left after the unions tried to take it all: Dodge Challenger

Best looker where the previous car's styling wasn't bad (but wasn't great either): Cadillac CTS

Best looker in a Transformers theme: Nissan GT-R (yes, even this one has grown on me, in a Steath Fighter sort of way...someday, I must learn to limit my time playing Gran Turismo and Need For Speed...and stop watching old Optimus Prime cartoons and The Military Channel...also, this one should end my apparent lovefest with Nissan). Second place: Cadillac CTS

Best looker in a green theme: I'm still looking...get back to me in a year or two

Best looker, despite the threat that one or two or a hundred sundry electrical glitches that will leave you stranded by the side of the road, between the available range of cell phone towers on your network: Volkswagen GTI

Best looker after spending one too many hours on the Playstation 3: Nissan Z (okay, so I lied about the Nissan thingy earlier...so sue me)

Best looker after spending one too many hours on the Xbox 360: General Dynamics M-1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank (what can I say? Too much 'Call of Duty 4'?)

Best looker after spending one too many hours on the Nintendo Wii: well, I'm not sure of the make but that thing Mario was zipping around with in 'Mario Cart Wii' is lookin' purdy spiffy...

Best looker out of Italy, once Monica Bellucci has been disqualified: Ferrari F430 Scuderia (I admit the big Maser is an eye-catcher, but NOTHING truly says 'catch-me' more than a mid-engined fire-breathing beast from Marenello...Lambo, eat yer cuore out, even if it's got a little too much Germanic blood running through it)

Best looker out of Zuffenhausen: THERE IS NONE! Bring back the classic, taut, air-cooled lines of the 911, PLEASE! Daytime running bling? P-U-W-S-L-E-E-E-Z-Z-E! Enough with the bulbous Cayenne. Still born the Panamera. Toughen up the Cayman into a REAL gator. The Boxster? Well, at least make the profile of its BUTT look more different than its FRONT...can't tell if it's coming or going. (Okay, Porschephile rant over...it's all clear now)

Best looker with the acronym 'BMW' plastered somewhere on its flanks: I'm kidding, right? With Chris Bangle at the helm of design?

Best looker, after a couple of shots and requisite beer chasers: Mazda 3 (I was going to pick the Smart TwoFer or is it FourToo (hiccup), but then I concluded that no amount of inebriation (hiccup) is able to make that thing look...uh, smart)

That about does it for this year. I am looking forward to seeing the Rapide in the skin, and the 240SX successor (again, with that Nissan thang, but 'Silvia' is such a temptress name, doncha'll think?).  

marc.noordeloos marc.noordeloos
User | Posts: 174 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 07/17/08
11:49 AM

Wow, well done monoblocks.

-I think the Mazda 3 hatch is good looking, even when sober.

-I like the 997 911

-Yes, new Maxima looks much better than the last but I'm still not crazy about it's design. Plus, it should be rear-wheel-drive, based on the Infiniti G. It looks very front-drive.

-I've never thought of the Z06 as a looker but a crazy fast machine for the money

-Our long-term GTI was reliable though I agree with the VW reputation for reliability. My Dad's last Passat had many problems.  

monoblocks monoblocks
User | Posts: 73 | Joined: 06/08
Posted: 07/18/08
01:30 AM

Icon Quotemarc.noordeloos:
Wow, well done monoblocks.

-I think the Mazda 3 hatch is good looking, even when sober.

-I like the 997 911

-Yes, new Maxima looks much better than the last but I'm still not crazy about it's design. Plus, it should be rear-wheel-drive, based on the Infiniti G. It looks very front-drive.

-I've never thought of the Z06 as a looker but a crazy fast machine for the money

-Our long-term GTI was reliable though I agree with the VW reputation for reliability. My Dad's last Passat had many problems.


a. My wife thinks the same about the 3. I, on the other hand, think you're both nuts. Actually, as much as I adore the hotrod nature of the Speed3, I just can't hang with the cut of the c-pillar.

b. I get to look at my 993 every day, even on those days when it stays firmly planted at home (it's actually hard to avoid not looking at it, since I have to go through the garage to get to one the other cars to take to work). As much improved the 997 is over the relatively slab-sided 996, it still ain't no 993, no matter what sort of spin the marketing department back at Porsche tried to hoodwink the world with. My babe's luscious hips to the turn of her wheel arches and the timeless lay of her headlamps along with the classic haute couture profile of its greenhouse...sorry, but no water-cooled 911 since has done enough to stoke my fire in the same way (not that I would actually turn away from buying and driving a 997 GT3 at some point...someday). And c'mon, how can anyone deal with those LED running lights? Who does Porsche think that they are? Audi? It's supposed to be the other way around after assuming control of VW, isn't it? (okay...this time I'm REALLY over my rant...I'm much better now...really I am.)

c. I very much tend to agree with Cumberford's assessment on this one; the new Max is a handsome car. I like it better than the styling of the Malibu-or-is-it-yet-another-Passat/A6-offshoot-knockoff that everyone else seems to fawning over. I even prefer it over the relatively bubbly-greenhoused G35. I even like the goofy headlights; it sort of reminds me of a Northwest native depiction of a open-mouthed salmon (must be due to the rain around here). Plus I've maintained a soft spot for Maximas over the years, ever since I bought new the original 4DSC 3G version, a '92 SE. So it wasn't anything close to a sports car that allows you to slam four separate doors; but who cares? It was a pretty spiffy machine for a tail dragger. That affinity to the marque was sorely put to the test with subsequent models, with the last discontinued lump being the worst offender of all. I do take issue with Robert C's so-called copycat criticism of Nissan's use of the BMW bend at the c-piller: it's not like Nissan hasn't used the forward-turning treatment before on its Max; my old Maxima also had that turn in its c-pillar, and that's an element which is now 20 years old for the Max.

d. I'm a sucker for Vettes that has lasted to this day, ever since a neighbor one day came home with a brand new '67 Sting Ray when I was a kid all those decades ago. I had (and still have) it so bad that I can even find stylistic goodness out of those aesthetically-challenged C3s that endured throughout most of the mid to latter half of the '70s and into the early '80s (the early C3s weren't nearly such of an...er, 'eyeful' to my pair of brownies).

e. I was willing to give VW and its GTI/Golf/Rabbit/whatever the benefit of the doubt when it came to reliability, but the bloody GTI I test drove earlier this year had a gremlin in its ventilation system...shades of deja vu of the first electrical glitch we suffered at the hands of MY then newly purchased Passat from ten years ago. I really enjoy driving VeeDubs. I think the have a sense of style and fun, particularly on the small end of their lineup. But I just hate living with them and "personality" flaws. (A service manager once referred to all of our woes with the Passat as 'personality'. Initially I thought he was joking only to find out moments later that he was actually serious about the tagging, as if it's really supposed to be something good with the car.)  

david.yochum david.yochum
New User | Posts: 36 | Joined: 04/08
Posted: 07/18/08
09:39 AM

1. Maserati Granturismo
2. Audi R8
3. Aston Martin DBS
4. Maserati Quattroporte
5. Jaguar XK Coupe
6. Saturn Sky (why don't these sell more?)
7. Dodge Challenger
8. Nissan GT-R
9. Ferrari F430 (old, but still awesome to see one)
10. Volvo C30 (don't get one in dark blue)  

EverydayDriver EverydayDriver
New User | Posts: 14 | Joined: 09/07
Posted: 07/21/08
12:59 AM

Some great comments here...

But if money is no object it's gotta be the Alfa 8C.  That's just rolling pornography.  

monoblocks monoblocks
User | Posts: 73 | Joined: 06/08
Posted: 07/22/08
01:44 PM

Icon QuoteEverydayDriver:
Some great comments here...

But if money is no object it's gotta be the Alfa 8C.  That's just rolling pornography.


Nice I admit, but I actually like the styling of the more affordable Brera S coupe better. Plus, it's more in character with the mainstream aspect of marque than the 8C Competizione is.  

marc.noordeloos marc.noordeloos
User | Posts: 174 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 07/23/08
07:17 AM

I want to like the Brera but I'm always disappointed when I see one in person. I actually find the more upright, conservative Alfa GT better looking.  

Furious Furious
New User | Posts: 9 | Joined: 07/08
Posted: 07/28/08
01:53 AM

Hi guys. I think that Jaguar and Mustang cars are great ones. Guess everybody agrees to that. Well, if not.. why? Smile  

windinmyhair windinmyhair
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 07/08
Posted: 07/28/08
04:33 PM

In my opinion the new G37 Is a very nice car i have been researching it for a while i heard in  sept they might even come out with a G37 Convertible..i think it would be a really nice car..i have been working with this http://theleaseoutlet.com Lease company need some opinions on what you guys think let me know  

ddanania ddanania
New User | Posts: 6 | Joined: 07/08
Posted: 07/30/08
06:40 AM

Sedan:
Maserati Quattroporte
Coupe: (tie)
Maserati Gran Turismo, Alfa 8C, Bentley Brooklands
Convertible:
Bentley Azure
Supercar:
Bugatti Veyron
SUV:
Chevy Suburban LTZ (even the super rich buy them)  

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