Friday Photo #16 – Alfa Romeo 4C

Beauty is, apparently, in the eye of the beholder. So what exactly does that mean for the winner of the ‘Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2013’ award? Who knows, but Alfa Romeo are obviously pleased that their new sportscar picked up this award. 

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C 001

There is no denying that, apart from the rather geeky looking headlights – wrapped in carbon fibre they may be, but they’re still weird – the 4C is a genuinely pretty car. So pretty in fact that the judges at the 29th International Automobile Festival decided it was the best looking car to be launched last year, beating a short-list of the BMW 4-Series Coupé, Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Mazda 3. No, we’re not really sure how that last one sneaked on there either, but then the long-list also included the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Lexus IS300h! So actually, there was only one real contender which probably explains why the 4C took 41% of the votes.

How much weight you put in the jury of the International Automobile Festival’s decision making is somewhat questionable, when you take a look back through some of the previous winners. Compare the Peugeot 406 Coupé (1997’s winner) to the Renault Safrane (1992) and you do wonder just how much the prize is really worth. Oh, and don’t forget the winner of the 1996 title; the Mitsubishi Carisma! We’re not kidding, check it out on the website if you need proof.

So whether the prize of ‘Most Beautiful Car of the Year’ is really ‘all that’ is pretty much up for debate. At least the 4C has the power and performance to back up those looks, something we’re fairly sure the Carisma never did. Well, unless it’s this one.

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