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9 Finest Rear Ends

Motor Magazine logo Motor Magazine 20/03/2017

You’ll completely miss the green light sitting behind one of these.


It looks spookily like a Porsche 911 from some angles, but that’s not necessarily a criticism, as while the AMG GT houses its engine in the front, it shares the Porker’s voluptuous rear hips, while beautifully integrating the gaping exhaust tips. 

Audi R8 V10 Plus © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Audi R8 V10 Plus 2. AUDI R8 V10 PLUS

Even if it looked like a chewed Mintie, the R8’s rear-end would be worthy of inclusion purely for the noise it emits. The soft curves of its predecessor are replaced by harder, squarer lines and the Plus’s fixed carbon rear wing is a thing of beauty.

HSV GTSR W1 © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd HSV GTSR W1 3. HSV GTSR W1

This is no mere Commodore rear end. The new trapezoidal exhausts and rear vents mark it out as a GTSR, while the sexy carbonfibre wing and guard-filling 295mm-wide Pirelli Trofeo R tyres tell those in the know that you’re steering the mighty W1.

Mercedes-AMG CLS63 Shooting Brake © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Mercedes-AMG CLS63 Shooting Brake 4. MERCEDES-AMG CLS63 SHOOTING BRAKE

It’s sadly no longer sold in Australia, but we’ll make an exception for the CLS63 Shooting Brake as its perfect combination of sexiness and practicality makes it definite marriage material. 

BMW M3 Competition © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd BMW M3 Competition 5. BMW M3 COMPETITION

Whereas the M4’s bulbous panels cover its wider rear track with curves, the M3’s four-door bodyshell liposuctions the hind quarters and pumps the rear guards to give it real – what’s the word? – stance, with a bee’s whatsit between body and tyre. 

Jaguar F-Type © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Jaguar F-Type 6. JAGUAR F-TYPE COUPE 

Designer Ian Callum has a certain way with a set of crayons. With the likes of the Escort RS Cosworth, Nissan R390 and Aston DB7 on his resume, picking a highlight is hard, but the F-Type R’s pert rear has to be right up there.

Alfa Romeo Giulia © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Alfa Romeo Giulia 7. ALFA ROMEO GIULIA QV

From tip to tail the Alfa Giulia interjects some supercar sex factor into the fast sedan segment. That gaping rear diffuser isn’t just window dressing when the Ferrari-derived 375kW twin-turbo V6 can push it through the air at 307km/h.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Porsche 911 GT3 RS 8. PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS

Porsche’s 911 has always been known for its booty (it houses an engine after all) but the GT3 RS’s is fuller than most, using the wider Turbo bodyshell in an attempt to house the enormous 21 by 12.5-inch wheels, the same size as the 918 Spyder.

Ferrari 488 GTB © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Ferrari 488 GTB 9. FERRARI 488 GTB

The wind is clearly something of an aesthete as the 488 GTB’s divine derriere is largely shaped by aerodynamics. Nonetheless, designer Flavio Manzoni has artfully melded form and function to avoid the need for extrovert wings. 

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