2012’s Cutest Sports Cars: Intro
The term cute, when applied to cars, typically always conveys an effeminate component. Because of this, and because the auto industry is essentially male dominated, the sports car market typically does not reward cars which can be considered cute. The school of thought goes you can sell a masculine car to women, but you can’t sell an effeminate to car to men. So car designers typically try to stay on the manly side of the cute line as much as possible.
Still, there are a number of sports cars, which can legitimately be referred to as cute.
For those of you wondering just what exactly we mean by “cute”, one of the best general definitions we’ve seen goes as follows; Cute= innocence, baby faced, naïve-looking, pure.
For a more formal definition, searching the Dictionary.com Website returns the following:
Adjective, cut·er, cut·est.
1. Attractive, especially in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty: a cute child; a cute little apartment.
2. Appealing and delightful; charming: What a cute toy!
3. Affectedly or mincingly pretty or clever; precious: The child has acquired some intolerably cute mannerisms.
4. Mentally keen; clever; shrewd.
When it comes to cars, there’s a size component involved in there as well. While an Aston Martin, a Ferrari, or a Jaguar XK can be referred to as pretty, beautiful—or even lovely—all are too big to be labeled cute. Applied to a sports car, we believe the term cute fits a smaller, adorably sized model, which delights the eye and brings a smile to one’s lips.
We’re talking cute sports cars such as the…