• Jan 19th 2006 at 7:00PM
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The new Alfa Brera has been crowned the "Most Beautiful Car in the World" at the 21st annual International Automobile Festival, beating out three other finalists: the Peugeot 407 Coupe, Chrysler 300C Touring and Lexus IS 250.
Other awards went to the Citroen C6 for Best Interior, the Bugatti Veyron for Supercar of the Year, and the Mazda Senku for Concept Car of the Year. Italdesign's Giorgetto Giugiaro (who penned the Brera) was awarded the Grand Prize for Art.

Since its debut as a concept car, the Brera has won numerous awards, including Best of Show at the 2002 Geneva Auto Show, and "One of the most elegant in the world" at the 2002 Challenge Bibendum.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Virginia Graves
      • 9 Years Ago
      This car is nice but the most beautiful car ever made was the 1955 Chevy Bel Air. Grams G
      • 9 Years Ago
      Most beautiful car in the world, my butt. That car doesn't hold a candle to an Aston Martin, a Ferrari F430, or even a Bentley Continental GT. In fact, I find it rather ugly.
      • 9 Years Ago
      You all have it wrong, the most beautiful has to be the Ford Shelby 1964 Cobra 427 S/C. Style, Power, Looks It has been and well always be the most beautiful car of the world period
      • 9 Years Ago
      Thank you for your input Martin, now go back to your playstation and be nice.

      I'm not sure about the most beautful in the world, but the pictures show really nice rounded shape and outstanding perportions. Like an A3 that has grown up and gotten lovely.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I have to agree with Mark, the Bentley Continental GT is gorgeous, and this Alfa is ok at best. Looks like something that Isuzu built.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Tom Design- I think you're being a little overly pretentious. Yes, there are some nice theoretical design factors at play here (especially after looking at it from other angles), but it is possible for someone to actually pick up on those elements and STILL not like them. Taste can't be quantified, and calling those who disagree with you "brainwashed" is just pedantic.

      I think the biggest validation of this car's design is that it seems to evoke a strong emotional reaction on both sides of the line for a large percentage of the people who see it. Personally, all except for the pinched-off, overly triangular fascia, I like it, though I'm not sure I'd be comfortable calling anything "most beautiful" given how subjective the term is.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Adrian - You do do you? Well I thought I sounded hyperbole and overstated, but not pretentious and pedantic. LOL! Not my intention at all, my apologies.
      Do try to click on the link in my prior post, and then look at two pictures, click them to blow up: 1) the Front Left Drivers'Fender angled side shot, and, the Left Rear angled side shot down the page. But blow them up. These are classy subtle cues that look striking larger, and I must assume even wonderful in full scale.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The recent alfas are really beautiful. If you've seen them in person (the 159 especially, and before that the 156 hatchback), they are beautiful, clean designs with great interiors. I especially like the blood-red leather option on the seats.
      But most beautiful in the world?!? It surprises me that the Aston DB9 didn't win, or the Ferrari Scaglietti (which I know not many people like), or the Aston Vanquish.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The front end makes her look like an angry cat ready to bite you. OUCH! If you find that sexy, well...ask for what must be optional whips and chains! It's decidedly not my idea of sexy. I've seen better: The BMW Z, Porsche Boxter, Ferrarri, etc., etc., but not this thing. One wonders about journalists and designers who go gaga over something like this. One redeaeming feature: I like the way the doors open.
      • 9 Years Ago
      To be honest, you need more than just a few pictures on the internet.
      I have been driving Alfa Romeo for years now, and there is more than the just looks, it's a grin-creating experience, every time again. The handling, the sound, the pureness. But that's not what this price was about.
      But I agree with "Tom Design", it is not -and will not- be a car for the masses. Art-wise it is a fantastic car.
      I like the retro aspect, the nose looks more like the older alfa's.

      I currently drive it's older brother, the 3.0V6 GTV (see www.alfagtv.nl). No compromise between style and practicallity there ;-)

      But in the end, isn't all just a matter of taste ;)

      Jan Bolhuis
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Brera is the best looking of a fairly odd bunch. I've seen it in the metal and it looks quite hunched from some angles. How the slab-sided 300C, overly fussy Lexus and in-need-of rhinoplasty Peugeot made it above the DB9, F430 or TT raises serious questions about whether the panel were up to the job...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Not sure why the Chrysler was shortlisted--typical American boxy design--my experience of living in the States is that American's love the over-the-top boxy designs that are more akin to an amoured personnel carrier than an example of good design--just look no further than the new Cadillacs. I'm an Alfa fan and appreciate Alfa's history of design excellence. Although, I have to confess Peugeot's designs of late have been superlative--I always rent Peugeot's when I'm in the UK--fantastic design; great engineering. I agree with some of the other folks on Ferrari etc--beautiful design and great engineering but not really a competitor to Alfa (right now--see the 8C).
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