Did you know that many car designers begin drawing up a car from the rear? While the front of a vehicle is iconic and recognizable, the back is the part that people spend most of their time looking at and judging. The back of a car is a major part of its aerodynamics and performance, as well as its perception. This is where the blinkers and brake lights do their thing. It’s a chance for a car to become iconic like the solid brake light bar that’s become associated with America’s Dodge Charger police cars.
By a similar standard, Audi and Ford have played with the effects of signaling, both with very favorable feedback just because of the moving lights such as on the RS5 or Mustang GT. The back of a car is really an amazing opportunity to add different facets and features to distinguish it from some super-boring sedans. There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as walking away from your car I need to turn and look at the back of it and be impressed. if you own one of these 10 supercars you’re 100% going to fall in love with it every single time you look back at it!
9 Audi R8
The Audi R8 never got a major facelift since it came out in the early 2000s, and even though it is sadly discontinued it managed to keep a relevant and attractive backside of the entire time. And it’s twilight years it was particularly impressive. The taillights are clean and stylish and the air vents with the honeycomb are entirely functional. The diffuser is large but also partially disguised and the entire thing is very well balanced.
If you drove behind this thing you would definitely know that it was an Audi but there would also be no doubt in your mind that it was a very fast car, the fastest Audi. The wing is a different color and there are vortex generators going down the edges of the rear window which are subtle and that’s not noticed but cool if you know where to look. The uninitiated might mistake the car for it its fast coop counterpart, the Audi TT unless, of course, they saw it from behind.
8 Lamborghini Aventador
Lamborghini Aventador is somewhat a recent car even though it is no longer in production. People didn’t always love the transformer-looking design of the body it’s self but the car’s performance was admirable and it has certainly developed the following, and every single follower agrees that the back of this car is completely timeless and sensational!
First of all, there is no wing (usually). It might start a fight saying that that’s better than having a wing, but Lamborghini’s goals were pretty clear: a clean and refined look with a certain focus and ferocity about it. You could say it was heavily fighter-jet inspired. The lines are sharp and intentional, the taillights are obvious without being ugly and the tailpipes come together in a sort of trapezoid tip add to the hexagonal look very nicely.
7 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
For the 2022 year, Porsche gave its 911 GT3 a redesign and it is very impressive. While Porsche has always been slow to modify the design of their cars very much, the 2022 take a bigger step in most Porsche generations in progressing… and in our opinion, it works! Unlike the Kia Stingers full-length tail light, Porche’s full-length taillight will not be mistaken for a Dodge Charger anytime soon. It’s thin and clean and yet highly visible creating a fine midpoint for the overall view of the back of the car.
Clean diffusers and other aerodynamic lines aren’t obvious or overdone like some sort of Lamborghini Veneno. Everything we love about Porsche is still there with one major addition… The wing has gone a major upgrade. Now the wing pillars extend to above the wing to create vortex-generating extensions. While this is for aerodynamics mostly, it also is a landmark of the 2022 design that sets owners apart and really sells the entire car.
6 Ford GT
If you’ve ever stared at a modern Ford GT for more than a minute you would have noticed that the cockpit seems to be separate from the fenders and body that extend the wheel like some sort of F1 car. This is best pointed out looking from the back, as you can see he creates a futuristic airplane look with big holes to channel pockets of air. The back then seems to fan out to the very wide tires that make it capable of going 216 mph with the help of its active-aero wing that folds flat with the body when not in use.
The two circular back tail lights are suggestive of the Ferrari LaFerrari some might say, but the two-dot lights actually extend further than that and are shared with other Italian cars, reminiscent of old race cars. The entire back of the Ford GT is incredibly and impressively simple, and yet very obviously a car capable of extreme performance. While it is unique it would be very very difficult to find someone who would say that it is ugly.
5 Bugatti Chiron
You are probably familiar with all the fun statistics of the Bugatti Chiron, most of them getting around 1,500 hp from its W-16 engine, some even more. Many are excited by its facelift from the Bugatti Veyron, the air vents on the side that blend with the body panel which stretches from the roof to the bottom of the car. Not many take the chance to stop and admire the back, we are giving you that chance now.
While you’re looking at it let’s just point out the fact that it has a very well-hidden vent system that seems to be the focus, like a massive hole in the entire rear end. From there, things seem to stick out like the active-aero wing that closes flat with the body and the single-line tail light with subtle brimming signal lights on either side. A very readable Chiron logo is visible from fairly far away, and the four exhaust tips actually vary between different Chiron sport frequently come out in trapezoidal tips that are supposed to be better for sound, and we believe it!
4 Hennessey Venom F5
The entirety of the Hennessey Venom seems to be a combination of hard edges and soft lines that clearly dictate where the air should flow and what part of the car serves what purpose. Somehow this American-made supercar was able to one-up the Bugatti (in some books), having a better wing with very clean, thin, and simple lines. The combination of it makes it look sharp, creased, and ready to slice with precision through the wind!
The diffuser has a middle section that is color the same as the car to keep up some consistency while on either side is a large and more functional diffuser that creates a balanced look. Air ducts exit out the back and you probably wouldn’t even have noticed them if we didn’t tell you, because they are blended in with the black but as you get to the sides near the wheel wells, you might be able to see that it gets slightly darker, a hole leading up to the engine as well as the rear tires to help cool off the brakes. The overall character is very similar to the Ford GT and becoming a trademark of America’s fastest cars: fast and technical but not overly complicated by any means.
3 McLaren P1
The McLaren P1 came fairly after the era of roundedness, it came in the middle of an era when cars looked more impressive with fighter jet geometric lines and yet it broke that dogma wide open by sticking to its classic rounded looks. We say classic, but what we really mean is that the entire car is recognizable and timeless. If you can’t tell already we are absolutely suckers for the active aerodynamics, so the massive wing that folds flat to the wild curves of the back of the McLaren is incredibly impressive.
Exhaust tips are disguised in one trapezoidal tip mounted right in the middle of the entire backside leaving room for gadgets on the bottom and sides. The back vents are encapsulated as they flare out to meet the wheel wells, and the whole thing is a step in the right direction from its sluggish-looking predecessor, the center-seated McLaren F1.
2 Pagani Huayra Roadster
The focus of your attention is immediately the four exhaust tips arranged in a square formation at the very back of the car, a center point for the rest of what is essentially the Mona Lisa of car butts. A view from behind could only be described as a futuristic billboard for carbon fiber. The fact that every single Pagani Huayra Roadster was built differently means that it’s never exactly the same view twice. One thing is for sure, it looks a heck of a lot better without any license plate.
Wing or not, the back of the car looks great and timeless. The three-dot LED taillights on either side might leave a little bit of room for debate but the functional vents and massive diffuser detract from that and the way the space is carved out with beautiful arcing lines on top and sharp functional vents below make it look like a true work of art.
1 Rimac Nevera
The Czech Republic isn’t necessarily known for very much of anything so when the electric car company, Rimac, emerged and began immediately dominating the car world it was a surprise to everyone. The Prodigy who founded Rimac Automobili, Mate Rimac, had a good amount of sway in how the final design turned out, and a first glance it is impressive. The lines are bold and simple and to the point with the functionality coming first and then design perfectly disguising any ugliness that might have once been.
A closer look shows that the entire thing is made of exposed woven carbon fiber, and if you look at the tail light you’ll see that they are openings for events that create the illusion of a deep black look even in broad daylight. The active-aero wing looks like something that should be on a future airplane, not on a car, and the diffuser that goes all the way across the back also includes active aerodynamics which looked good both at full speed and parked. If you spotted this thing from a mile away you would already have the notion that it might be possible for it to go 258 mph which of course, it does.
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Wyatt is from Utah and likes to bike, ski, and drive too fast. He’s written articles on motorcycles and cars for years, and especially likes Japanese cars and off-road vehicles. He has been featured in DriveTribe more than once and some of his content has had over 6.5 million views. He loves Formula 1, Formula Drift, the Baja 1000, and World Rally Cross!