The greatest car can be ruined by an ungainly snout. These are the ten cars you thought possessed the soul of a champion — and the face of a failure.
This is Answers of the Day — a feature where we take the best ten responses from the previous day's Question of the Day and shine it up to show off. It's by you and for you, the Jalopnik readers. Enjoy!
Want to see this gallery in one slow-to-load page? Click here.
10. Mitsubishi Evo X
Suggested By: Jonee
What's So Ugly: Always a ridiculously fast car, Evo has evolved into something that appears to be missing its lower jaw. The big, black expanse of plastic looks like nothing so much as a huge hole in the front bumper. Combine that with the angry headlights, and the car just looks like it's had a bad day.
9. Bentley Mulsanne
Suggested By: PanchoVilleneuve
What's So Ugly: The Mulsanne just looks goofy. No, wait — it looks like Goofy. The big, silly grin spread across the front, the big-eyed headlight treatment, the snout of a grill, and floppy-eared side mirrors all combine to give Bentley's flagship a decidedly canine countenance. Wanna go play fetch?
8. Lamborghini Reventon
Suggested By: tonyola
What's So Ugly: The Reventon was a tough call. It's a good car based on a neat concept, but it just came out wrong. The front end looks more like a pair of horny leaf blowers than the air intakes on a stealth fighter. Its stubby little nose is more cute than killer. And don't even get me started on the slats over the engine bay.
7. Gumpert Apollo
Suggested By: PotbellyJoe
What's So Ugly: Wow. This one's... special. I really hope this is one of those "form follows function" moments, because if there's a designer out there who sketched this and said "Yeah, that looks good. Let's go with that," then the guy needs a serious talking-to.
6. Nissan NISMO 350Z
Suggested By: tonyola
What's So Ugly: What happens when you combine the puffy, undefined punum of the ordinary 350Z with a horrible chin spoiler? You get a scaredy-Z. This car looks absolutely terrified. The 370Z may look like a catfish, but at least it's an angry, mean-looking catfish. Its older brother looks like it's about to tuck its tail between its legs and run away.
Photo credit: RSportscars.com
5. Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Suggested By: M44Power
What's So Ugly: Sure, it's Hyundai's pretty-darn-good sports car. Good for them. But as M44Power points out, did they have to make it look like it's sucking a lemon? The car kind of looks uncomfortable. "Am I allowed to be here?" It asks, uncertain. "Do they know I'm a Hyundai? Is this OK? I'm good, I swear! Don't throw me out with your five-year-old Elantra! I'm better than that!"
It's OK, Genesis. We believe you. Just relax, and put the lemon down.
4. Morgan Aero 8
Suggested By: humjaba
What's So Ugly: Who at Morgan thought it would be a great idea to send their first modern sports car out into the world cross-eyed? And to top it off, instead of the light, sporty look of every single clamshell-fendered car that came before it, the Aero 8 has big, bulbous, pontoon-like fenders. It's a shame that such a good car has to be looked at from the front wheels back.
3. Hyundai Genesis PM580
Suggested By: CSphotography
What's So Ugly: I'm sure Hyundai and Rhys Millen spent hours testing and refining the shape of this thing in a wind tunnel somewhere, and this is the result. And while we know it's going to be scary quick, it should take some time off to get its nose done. The car looks like a cross between Pinocchio and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
2. Mazda Mazdaspeed 3
Suggested By: BrtStInd
What's So Ugly: The Mazdaspeed 3 presents a monologue: "Hi guys! I'm so happy to be here! Let's go driving! Can we go fast? I love going fast! What, you do too? Great! Oh. You like going fast so people can't see my face? Why? You say it's too silly for a car of my stature? That's almost a nice thing to say! Thanks! Let's go!"
1. Weber Faster One
Suggested By: ShibbyUTman
What's So Ugly: Faster than what? Its reflection? If you ever see one of these in real life anywhere, I want you to walk up to the owner and ask them if they looked at the car before buying it. Surely there was a better-looking option that offered similar performance at a similar price point that didn't look half as horrendous. This is the stuff of nightmares, folks. Please, someone take this thing out back and shoot it.