I agree Catherine, no retro themes please. Some nice retro details, so long as they are not too hammy or obvious. And RWD please!!
Well, styling is very subjective and this is just my opinion, but few cars are truely beautiful. It's a word that's used so lightly and often without thought. My friend has an M5, which he thinks looks beautiful. Ok, fine, each to their own; while it is indeed a handsome, mean looking car, no 5 series is ever going to 'beautiful'.
I would argue that 'good-looking' cars fall into a number of broad categories:
Cute/Trendy/modern - Ford Puma, MINI, Audi TT
Stylish - Audi A3, 147
Handsome - 156, Audi A4
Elegant/classy - Merc S-Class, 166
Stunning - GTV, Ferrari Modena
Beautiful - Spider
Except the beautiful category, all the other cars require an element of 'forced' styling to make them fit into their style categories (that's not a criticism, by the way) ie. the M5 with its mean skirts, the Audis with their very clinical styling, the GTV with the tiny lights and deep cut in the waste. The Audi TT is not beautiful at all; it is stunning for having such bold details and odd proportions, but never, ever 'gorgeous' or beautiful.
A beautiful car, is the purest looking, with the best proportions and ratios, the best balance to its look and style. It is the most difficult to achieve (which is why so few do); Alfa has it with the Spider; if they can do it again with the new one, then they will be unique in having a beautiful car in the truest sense of the word.
Now am I full of cack today, or what? [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img])