The most beautiful cars of 2013

High Gear Media

Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin DB9

What makes a car beautiful?

Sometimes it's undeniable--a lissome look, a crushworthy stance, a peerless cabin. In other cases, it's a purity of form that's as close to ideal as possible, given the chosen duty.

We define it both ways at The Car Connection. As we review more than 250 new vehicles every year, we rate them all across six categories, including styling. Among those new and continuing models, we give only a handful a perfect score of 10 for styling.

This year, the list cars that earn those perfect scores covers some of the most exquisite machinery on the road from Aston Martin, Audi, Maserati, MINI, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Porsche and SRT (nee Dodge). Beautiful? Each one earns the tag, even if some shapes aren't as hormonal or as naturally elegant as other body styles.

According to The Car Connection's editors, these are most beautiful vehicles of 2013:

2013 Aston Martin DB9

It's been around since 2004, but there's not a line that looks dated on the Aston DB9. The details are the essence of good taste, and it's gorgeous either as a coupe or as a Volante convertible.

The Aston Martin DBS is muscular but evocative, the hallmark of a timeless shape. It projects every aspect of bespoke, old-world charm--seen through a modern lens, of course.

2013 Audi A7

The A7's mix of flowing, smooth sheetmetal and chiseled details is graceful and refreshingly different. It's classy and cohesive, and it's among the most beautiful designs on the market.

2013 Jaguar XK

Sinewy and gorgeous, the Jaguar XK hardly looks like it's been on the road seven years already. It's one stunning curve after another, with barely an extraneous line to be found, and still, full of emotion.

2013 Lamborghini Aventador

The Aventador's body is raw an exotic, a crescendo of angles and intakes that's matched inside, where a jet fighter-like cockpit continues the sheer extremity of every aspect of its design.

2013 Lamborghini Gallardo

Scissor doors have been excised, but the Gallardo's dramatic wedge shape, eye-popping factory colors, and flight-inspired details all turn heads and draw eyes.

2013 Maserati GranTurismo

The Maserati GranTurismo isn't just good-looking--it's bewitching. Yes, it's full of stereotypical curves and lissome lines, and they're perfectly balanced and voluptuous. It's a standout piece of styling that's as exciting as it is enduring.

2013 Mini Cooper

There are few, if any, other new cars that do modern-classic styling quite like the Mini Cooper, and the entire family of retro-styled small cars it's spawned. It has just the right mix of modern and retro.

2013 Porsche 911

Still without doubt a Porsche 911 at first glance, the styling of the latest model is very different from its predecessor--just subtly so. There's a reason its an icon, and it's all in the roofline.

2013 Porsche Boxster

The latest Boxster has a fresh look that's more dramatic, more masculine, and still, all Porsche. It stands out, even next to its BMW and Benz compatriots.

2013 SRT Viper

The Viper's reborn, recast shape is part new, part evolution. The former Dodge Viper's sheetmetal is now SRT smooth and curvaceous, not creased, though it stands by the very low snout and upkicked tail of the original--as well as some of the same distinctive bulbous look.
View Comments (630)

Recommended for You

  • The future look of Volkswagen? The Sport Coupe Concept GTE

    The Volkswagen Sport Concept Coupe GTE has five doors and a plug-in hybrid power system — but it's the exterior design that's most likely to see production.

  • World's fastest car? Koenigsegg Regera makes an 1,800-hp case

    For $1.9 million, the Swedish supercar builder will sell you a machine that's capable of hitting 248 mph — in just 20 seconds.

  • Bentley's surprise sports-car concept aims a fist at Jaguar, Porsche

    The stately British luxury carmaker unveils a concept for a two-seat ultra-expensive sports car

  • Driving the Lamborghini LM002, Rambo's SUV

    The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is, at the moment, about the most exotic truck you can buy, a juiced-up former military vehicle that packs 536 horsepower and price tag deep in the six figures. Its reign will be short, for soon Mercedes will unveil the G65 AMG, with a twin-turbo V12 and a price that…

  • For $10,700, This 1960 Nash Metropolitan Will Steal Your Heart

    For a long time, I’ve been a fan of microcars. They’re just so adorable with their tiny little bodies and cute little engines. And after some late night browsing, this 1960 Nash Metropolitan is the latest object of my affection. With an all black getup, this example has 49,000 miles on the odometer…

  • A Naked Hoonicorn Is A Beautiful Thing To Behold: Video

    Ken Block’s ridiculous all-wheel-drive classic Mustang is one of the beastliest automotive creations of the decade, and its tire-roasting magic doesn’t depend on the badass bodywork or Monster Energy Drink livery. This is the proof.

  • Red Bull Explains What Skijoring Is In The Best Way Possible

    The venerable Wikipedia defines skijoring as a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, a dog (or dogs) or a motor vehicle. Red Bull has been kind enough to give us a prime example of the awesome sport—and boy, do we want to see this in the
  • Ford Mustang Drifts The Abandoned City Of Ordos: Video

    If you’re like us, you’re not exactly up on your animal-based calendars. Fortunately, Ford is—and it’s the Year of the Horse. Naturally, that’s a perfect fit for the Mustang—new again this year.

  • Check Out Harley-Davidson’s Electric Motorcycle in the New ‘Avengers’ Trailer

    The latest trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron is here, and it’s full of all the glorious superhero antics one would expect. There are crazy stunts, massive amounts of property destruction, and one very cool looking Harley-Davidson. This particular Harley belongs to Black Widow and it’s not any old…

  • You Can Get Your Ford Encrusted With Diamonds In The UK

    Great Britain isn’t exactly known for the most tasteless of vehicular productions. In fact, it’s rather well-known for the opposite—despite what some buyers may commission from the likes of Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, and Bentley. But here we have an example worthy of the worst of America, Russia,…

  • Bold Ride’s 5 Favorite Cars From the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

    The Koenigsegg Regera hybrid megacar won the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. If you say otherwise, just do everybody a favor and stop trying to be different for the sake of being different. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about everything else that was at the show. Because…

  • This is Indian Motorcycle's "Mark Wahlberg Collection" Clothing Line

    The former Marky Mark is the typical Boston tough guy and above all, a motorcycling enthusiast, so it's no wonder Indian Motorcycles chose him as their brand ambassador. The Pain and Gain star is now leading the new Indian Motorcycles clothing line campaign
  • Ferrari Sergio Debuts At 2015 Geneva Motor Show

    It was at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show that Italian design legend Pininfarina rolled out the Sergio concept car (shown below) honoring its fallen patriarch Sergio Pininfarina who passed away one year prior. The concept proved so popular that Pininfarina, together with Ferrari whose 458 Spider was…

  • This Life-sized Motorcycle Model Kit Should Be on Your Wishlist

    If you're looking for a cool motorcycle model to occupy your time, then look no further than Full Size Kits . As the name suggests, the UK-based company’s motorcycles are plastic, to-scale models. The company, which is headed by Peter Manning, sells the kits
  • Will Oil Price Collapse Because We're Out Of Room To Store It?

    Oil prices have dropped precipitously over the past few months, and while that's led to lower gas prices, it's also creating a somewhat unusual problem.

    Green Car Reports
  • 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Electric Car Gets Less Expensive Trim Level

    When pricing for the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf electric car was announced last August, only one trim level was available, a lavishly equipped top-of-the-range package. Now VW has supplemented that SEL Premium version of the e-Golf with a new, less expensive model called the Limited Edition, at a…

    Green Car Reports
  • New Power Wheels Porsche 911 GT3 is Almost as Good as the Real Thing

    The Porsche 911 GT3 is the kind of car a lot of people wish they could buy, but can’t afford. Those who have kids likely also face the challenge of not being able to make that Porsche work for ferrying the kids around town. But even if you can’t buy one to drive yourself, your