The McLaren Speedtail tops my list as the most beautiful car released this year. This model acts as a road biased, Grand Touring counterpart to the track focused McLaren Senna, with a focus on straight-line speed rather than lap times.
It has long been recognised that the teardrop is one of the most streamlined shapes possible, with the lowest coefficient of drag. The Speedtail’s long, flowing tail continues a historic lineage of teardrop shaped vehicles aiming to achieve very high speeds:
From top to bottom: 1938 Mercedes-Benz W125 Rekordwagen, 1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech, 1992 Jaguar XJ220, 2014 Volkswagen XL1. Except for the XL1, of these cars used a streamlined, teardrop shape to achieve an extreme top speed (the XL1, in contrast, used its shape to optimise fuel economy).
Perhaps more significantly, the Speedtail’s three seat layout marks it as a spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1.