Automotive Rear of the Year 2021
Once again, DriveTribe is blowing Miss Universe out of the water...
For the past two years, DriveTribe has been celebrating a very prestigious award known as 'Automotive Rear of the Year' and it is back for 2021. In 2019, the winner was the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and in 2020, it was the Ferrari Roma – as voted for by users.
So which car will win this year? I have put together a list of 10 cars to compete against each other but only one can claim the title. There is a poll at the end of this article where you can vote for the winner... the fate lies in your hands.
Without further ado then, and in no particular order, here are the contenders for Automotive Rear of the Year 2021:
Aston Martin Victor
The Aston Martin Victor is a true automotive masterpiece. It is a mash-up of Aston's greatest hits sitting on the platform of the well-received One-77. It is powered by a 7.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine that produces 836hp. It borrows tech from the Valkyrie and track-only Vulcan hypercar.
It also happens to have a smashing rear with a spoiler that has been sculpted to perfection from the car's widened rear haunches.
The new Range Rover (fifth generation)
This option may not be apparently obvious but when you think about it, the fifth generation of Range Rover has a splendid backend. The way the black bars frame the boot lid is really quite clever and we like how everything is symmetrical – something you don't find on many other SUVs... we're looking at you BMW.
It is just a very neat design overall and the perfect evolutionary step-up from the previous generation.
The 2021 Alpina B8 made its public UK debut in July and may just be the most beautiful thing with a BMW badge right now. What Alpina has done is take a BMW M8, whacked a new badge on it, given it a shed-load more power and changed the styling a little bit. The result, well, it's staggering.
Lamborghini Huracan STO
It would be hard to make a list of good looking cars and not include a Lamborghini on the list. The Huracan STO is the most hardcore version of the Huracan there is before you enter the track-only stuff. It is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine that produces a mighty 630hp and is often described as being the 'pinnacle of Lamborghini's V10 supercar'.
There's also a smashing rear wing out the back of it too.
Porsche 911 (992) GT3 Touring
Another brand that was always going to make an appearance on this list is Porsche, but more specifically, the new GT3 Touring.
This is a car that time on time again doesn't fail to amuse us. Its ethos is to strip a 911 back to basics but with much better performance than a standard Carrera. But what we like most about it, is how it looks. Porsche has made the Touring look so subtle which is a great contrast when put up against its full-fat GT3 twin.
Its widened rear ties everything together in a knot at the exhausts – it's truly special.
Audi e-tron GT
There are just two electric vehicles on this list and this is the first. What you're looking at here is one of the best things Audi has made in a long time. It is called the Audi e-tron GT and it is the brand's flagship sports EV.
It is a very handsome four-door electric vehicle that produces a whopping 637hp – making it the most powerful car Audi has ever made for the road. It also looks fantastic. It is one of the few EVs that actually looks like a normal vehicle and not some spaceship from the planet Zorg.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
The second EV to make it onto this list is the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo and it is one of the best-looking estate cars out there, especially considering it is electric therefore doesn't have to be conventionally good looking. Sure, looks are subjective, but who doesn't like the look of a wagon?
This wagon is sat on one of the best EV platforms out there and thanks to Porsche, it will be constantly developed to become even better and move with the fast-paced, ever-changing infrastructure.
Surprise, surprise – yet another supercar on this list, but come on, it's allowed. This is the McLaren Artura and it looks phenomenal. It's powered by a newly designed twin-turbocharged V6 fitted with hybrid assistance and therefore produces an impressive 671hp and has a top speed of 205mph.
We like the rear of this one because of how smooth and tapered it looks compared to other current McLarens. It's not too sharp or brash – it's just right.
Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4
One of the most controversial cars on this list is probably this – the reborn Countach, or to give it its full name – the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4.
This is a very sleek-looking modern-day interpretation of the brand's most popular and most recognisable cars. We think this should be on the list because of its smooth angles and bold looks. When a brand brings back a car, you rarely expect it to be right, but there's something special about this one.
Ferrari Daytona SP3
Another car that has made some purists throw their toys out of the pram is the all-new, limited edition Ferrari Daytona SP3. This is a homage to a whole range of past Ferraris, but more notably, race cars from the 60s.
Just 599 examples will be made, each costing an eye-watering £1.68m. It is also Ferrari's most powerful pure-combustion engined car as it has the V12 engine from the 812 Competizione but uprated horsepower to 829hp.
We chose this because those slats look so much like the back of a vacuum cleaner – we love it! It is also beautiful in a functional way.