Neither of the questions are particularly easy to answer. The first often opens up a can of worms of questions about budget, segment preference, family life, dog size, etc.
The second is even tougher because, well, there are a lot of awesome cars out there. We love cars. We think about them while we eat and before we go to bed. Often, we find ourselves at a loss for an answer.
In spite of this difficulty, we're going to give it a shot. We recently asked the AOL Autos and Autoblog editors to come up with the one car that they would absolutely have to own if they had all the money in the world and came up with this rather eclectic master list.
Here are the dream cars of people who dream about cars for a living. Click through to see what we would drive, and make sure to let us know what you would pick, too.
John Neff (Editor-in-Chief, Autoblog): Audi RS7
My lottery-winning fantasies tend to base themselves in reality, which is why I'd choose the Audi RS7 as my dream car. I can park it in my middle-class suburban, driveway and remain somewhat conspicuous, and the A7 on which it's based is both gorgeous and surprisingly practical with its rear hatchback. And being the RS7 model, I'd have enough power to embarrass most sports cars on the road.
Steve Ewing (Senior Editor, Autoblog): 2007-08 Audi RS4
I am not an extravagant man. To me, a "dream car" is the sort of automobile that I would want to drive every day in every situation. I want to be able to carve canyons one minute, and pack it full of groceries the next. It needs to be fun and functional all year 'round, and because of that, exotic supercars don't make the list. Oh sure, they're a riot to drive, but imagine slogging to the supermarket in a snowstorm behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458. Bummer.
The Audi RS4, however, checks every one of my boxes. Sold from 2006 to 2008 in the US, the RS4 was a darling little sport sedan, packing 420 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque from a high-revving 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 – one of my favorite engines of all time. It could hit 60 miles per hour in under five seconds, only came with a six-speed manual transmission and sent its power to the ground via Audi's remarkable Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Regardless of weather or road conditions, the RS4 was simply a blast to drive, with excellent steering, tons of power on demand and just endless amounts of grip. But it was also comfortable, refined and packed to the gills with luxurious amenities. The RS4 was simply one of the most perfect cars I've ever encountered, and to this day, I still dream about putting a Sprint Blue example in my garage.
Michael Zak (Consumer Editor, AOL Autos): Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
If I had access to unlimited money, the car I would buy is undoubtedly the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. I've put a lot of thought into why this vehicle resonates so deeply with me, and I've come to the conclusion that it's simply because it embodies everything I am not. This car is loud, ostentatious, expensive, burly, utterly impractical and, in short, just plain awesome. For me, owning this car would be a classic case of compensating, and I'm perfectly OK with that.
Just look at those gull-wing doors. That ginormous front end. That insane grille complete with a Mercedes badge the size of beach ball. The design of the SLS AMG is the craziest combination of sleekness and brutishness on the road today. And I can't get enough of it.
The best thing about the SLS AMG, though, is how it combines its wonderfully absurd design with great performance. The supercar's 6.2L V8 engine produces, in addition to a savage roar, 583 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, which translates to a 3.7 second 0-60 mph sprint. Wow.
Chris Paukert (Executive Editor, Autoblog): Ariel Atom 3
It's not rational, it's not practical, it's not refined ... it's not even weatherproof. Starting at $56,480, it's not cheap, either. What it is, however, is singularly focused on driving enjoyment and straightening out the corners of a canyon road or roadcourse. It's light – just 1,350 pounds – which means that even with its modest Honda-sourced 230-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, it has enough power to hit 60 mph in under 3 seconds. That's just quick enough to change your life and contemplate bankrupting your child's college fund. It is the joy of driving distilled to its purest essence – it is the Ariel Atom.
Erin Marquis (Programming Manager, AOL Autos): Ferrari GT 250 California Spyder
I was introduced to this car, as was the case for so many of my generation, by the film 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'. Since then I've dreamed of snubbing my nose at authority figures and speeding from adventure to adventure in this racy convertible.
This car is so sexy it's easy to forget that it's fast too. The Spyder comes equipped with the same engine as a 250 Tour de France racing car. That's 230 hp packed into a slick aluminum body. Only 50 were ever made and they routinely sell for millions of dollars today. The price and rarity of the 250 GT California Spyder makes it a true fantasy car. A girl can dream, though.
Pete Bigelow (Associate Editor, AOL Autos): 1968 Cadillac Fleetwood
Some people will inevitably pick the fastest car on the road as their dream car. Some people will pick the most powerful. I’ll take the biggest, or something close.
The heyday of America’s love affair with big sedans may have arrived in 1968. On television, Steve McGarrett screeched around every corner in Honolulu driving Ford sedans on Hawaii Five-0. In showrooms, Cadillac sold the exquisite ’68 Cadillac Fleetwood.
In my book, there’s no more perfect car. There’s not necessarily rhyme or reason to this. Just a gut feeling. With a polished black exterior and perfect white-wall tires, it looks near presidential.
Two years later, the Fleetwood would lose some of its luster when Cadillac did away with the stacked-headlight grille in favor of the side-by-side lights. In 1973, the first oil crisis would start spelling the end of the great sedan. For sedans, there was never another year like 1968.