Defining exactly what a dream car is is a difficult task since the yardstick will invariably be different. For some, a BMW M3 would be considered sufficient, while for others, only the most rarified Bugatti Chiron will do. However, we think five essential qualifications can be slightly more generically applied to all the possible candidates.

Updated April 2023: While many aspire to own their dream car someday, there's no doubt that some eventually will. There's nothing wrong with dreaming about it, and the internet is the perfect place to go to be able to express their aspirations of one day owning one. We've updated this article to include more dream rides enthusiasts on the internet are obsessing about in 2023.

First, the price is irrelevant. It doesn't matter if you'll have to work hard to afford it or never even afford it. Second, it should be cool. Although everyone's definition of cool differs, a dream car must be the coolest thing in your world. Third, it either evokes good memories or emotions.Whether you loved it as a kid or it's a car your father owned, a dream car just sticks with you.

Fourth, it should qualify for the list of some of the most unique cars ever made. It could be because of its tire-shredding performance, sportiness, and driving manners, or because it is the most luxurious or one of the most beautiful cars of all time. We understand this is subjective, so there is some wiggle room there. Lastly, it should be fun. There's no point in having a dream car that doesn't bring you joy and happiness. A dream car doesn't have to meet all the above requirements, but they're a good blueprint for where to start.

Despite those supercars and hypercars that were sold out before release undoubtedly featuring in many people's lists, even way more attainable performance sports cars feature among the online favorites today. These status-symbol vehicles scream success and demonstrate that sometimes, a car doesn't need to be a part of the world's most luxurious and expensive cars to provide style, luxury, and comfort while interacting with cutting-edge technology. Who wouldn’t want that? Whether you're a true car enthusiast or simply love admiring cars, get ready to drool over some of the internet's most popular dream cars.

10 Volkswagen Golf R

2022 VW Golf R

For a generation used to instant gratification, the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R represents a dream that can come true without waiting for an entire lifetime. This German hot hatch doesn't demand significant sums of money, making it more attainable than some of the other dream vehicles on this list. Being a pure driver's car that was designed purely to be fun has made the VW Golf R a very popular choice among the younger demographic.

Affordable is relative, but what you get for around $45,000 makes the VW Golf R an awesome deal. It has fantastic handling and offers a healthy daily dose of 315 hp horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. The punch is enough to allow it to sprint from 0-60 mph in a claimed 3.7 seconds, making the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R the ultimate one-car solution.

9 Tesla Model S

Blue 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid driven on the road. 

Tesla is the EV automaker that transformed the image of fully electric cars from small, sluggish, and boring machines that were targeted at eco-conscious buyers to stylish road rockets with impressive performance and range. Due to this, Tesla has developed a devoted following beyond the traditional auto enthusiast audience. It’s not a surprise, many on the internet lust for the Tesla Model S. We also think this Tesla Model S Cabriolet render is an open-air automotive masterpiece.

And EV aficionados will likely choose the Plaid variant – the fastest production sedan on the market. According to Tesla, the Model S Plaid can reach the 60 mph mark from a standstill in a supersonic 1.9 seconds, before dispatching the quarter-mile in 9.23 seconds. That is nothing short of mind-blowing. The exceptional performance is because of the all-wheel drive system, in addition to the Tesla Model S Plaid's tri-motor electric powertrain which develops 1,020 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque.

8 Nissan GT-R

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Front Quarter

A real-life Godzilla attack may be the stuff of nightmares to most, but the 2022 Nissan GT-R Nismo Special Edition is the ultimate Godzilla that automotive enthusiasts certainly won't mind having to tackle. Many Americans have dreamed of a Skyline GT-R, from the R32 to the R34. But since the Nissan Skyline GT-R was illegal in America, people had to wait for the R35 to be officially released before they could experience the promised land.

When you buy the Nissan R35 GT-R, you don't only get a genuine high-speed sports car, but you also get one with the fantastic reliability of a Japanese car. When the first GT-Rs came to the market, it stunned people with its capabilities, becoming one of the most influential cars of the 21st century. American cars are powerful, but they lack a finesse that was previously only available in vehicles from Europe. Finally, there was an option for those who wanted something different but could still keep up with the pack.

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7 Audi R8

2023 Audi R8 GT - Front Quarter

There's just something about the ruthless efficiency, build quality and performance of a German car that makes it the perfect all-around package. Audi made its name building fast sedans, wagons, and even rally cars for quite some time, but it had never produced a mid-engine layout supercar with a design as striking as the R8. Finally, with access to parts available from the entire Volkswagen group, it had what it needed to build a real showstopper without starting from scratch. Not only is the Audi R8 one of the top dream cars on the internet, but it's also a dream come true for Audi.

Besides its looks, the Audi R8 also shares parts with the Lamborghini Huracan, which gives it a real performance pedigree. Motivating the base 2023 Audi R8 is an enchanting 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 screaming to 8,700 rpm while putting out 562 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission and the famous Quattro all-wheel drive system, it can snap a sub-three-second 0-60 mph time en route to a top speed of over 200 mph. Many would choose the 2023 Audi R8 over the 2023 Porsche 911, and that's saying something serious about the soon-to-be retiree.

6 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport


Even though Volkswagen lost $1.6 billion with the Bugatti Veyron, there's no doubt that its mark will be felt for decades to come. The Chiron then took up the successor's mantle, and the Chiron Super Sport is one of the hypercar's most recent and celebrated variants. Not only is it extremely expensive and made in limited numbers, its performance means you aren't just going for a drive; you're going for an experience. At legal speeds, of course.

Unless you're in Monaco or another insanely wealthy location, the chances you'll see one in real life are about the same as your chances of seeing a unicorn. It is literally a car you can only dream of. The good news is that there are plenty of videos online that you can watch, sit back, and let the others pay for the gas as they accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.3 seconds or try to hit its top speed. If you need a reminder of just how absurd it is, watch the Bugatti Chiron break through the magic 300 mph barrier to make history.

5 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon

Mercedes G-Wagon Green Front Quarter

What was once a vehicle designed for military use has now turned into a dream car. The G-Wagon, short for Geländewagen, used to transport soldiers, but now you're more likely to see wealthy individuals and celebrities driving it. Its distinct shape makes it unique among other SUVs and lets people know this is no ordinary SUV.

Mercedes redesigned the G-Wagon in 2018, emphasizing interior comfort, safety, and technology, before giving it a six-figure price tag to match. The G-Wagon currently ranks near the top of the luxury SUV segment, and due to great demand, used G-Wagons are selling for between 150 and 200 percent of their original sticker price, with some even fetching higher prices. That perfectly explains why the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon is the most badass luxury SUV of recent times.

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4 Porsche 911 GT3 RS


Some kids dream of becoming race car drivers, but that dream will likely stay just that for most. It's not every day that you find yourself having access to the massively expensive R&D of a professional racing team, but without having an F1 team of its own (yet), Porsche hands you the keys to the closest thing to a race car they build: the 911 GT3 RS.

When Porsche puts a GT3 badge on a 911, you know you're getting its most extreme stripped-down, high-performance product, with aerodynamic touches more commonly found on race cars. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS features a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine with a 9,000 rpm redline, making otherworldly notes while providing owners with a 502 hp output. Among the things making people covet the Porsche 911 GT3 RS as their dream car include its blazing 2.7-second 0-60 mph acceleration, telepathic steering, and spectacular handling. It’s a truly sensational machine, and we thought we'd take this opportunity to help you understand just why the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS flat-six engine is pure bliss.

3 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Orange 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The Ford Mustang is the true American icon for many, and even though it has blessed the streets of the world for well over 60 years now, it's only becoming more versatile with age. Dearly loved and cherished, it's a dream car for many and among the internet's most longed-for vehicles. And that includes legendary classic Mustangs such as the Shelby GT350, GT500 Cobra Jet, and the Boss 429, all of which enabled this fabled nameplate to gain a cult following among muscle car enthusiasts.

With the advent of EVs threatening pure muscle cars, HotCars' best muscle car of 2021, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, occupies a special place in the hearts of many. With 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque on tap from a hand-built 5.2-liter supercharged V8, the Shelby GT500 Mustang has become so good that it can hang with Europe's best and destroy lots of imports. It will recalibrate your organs with a sub-three-second 0-60 mph sprint, and can actually hold a candle to the best that Europe has to offer when the going gets twisty. For the price, is there a better used car to buy than a 1,300-mile 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500? We're doubtful.

2 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat


Introduced in 1970, the Dodge Challenger is another offering that has long kept the V8-powered muscle car alive. According to research from Stress-Free Car Rental, the Dodge Challenger was the most often tagged with the hashtag #DreamCar on Instagram in 2021, making it the most popular car on the social media site. Impressing most is the modern SRT Hellcat Challenger, sporting its trademark muscular look and using the highly rated Hellcat engine.

The first Dodge Hellcat-powered muscle car arrived in 2015, packing a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 pushing out a bonkers 707 horsepower and 656 lb-ft of torque. Dodge has introduced more Challenger SRT Hellcats since. The Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye makes 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque, helping it knock out a 0-60 mph run in 3.4 seconds and on to a limited 203 mph top speed. The even meaner SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak edition develops 807 horsepower – an insane output for any adrenaline junky. We've also listed 10 reasons why every gearhead should drive the 2022 Challenger Hellcat Jailbreak Edition, in case you actually needed an excuse for it.

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1 Lamborghini Aventador


Many people had Lamborghini posters plastered on their bedroom walls when growing up and used to tell themselves, "Maybe someday I'll have enough money to buy one". The astonishing Lamborghini Aventador is one of the modern models from the Italian carmaker that has captured the imagination of car lovers on the internet. Named after a famous bull, it indeed charges into the hearts of many, and unsurprisingly, it secured the second spot on Instagram posts using the #dreamcar hashtag.

The Aventador boasts wild, exotic looks thanks to its sharp lines and aggressive styling. While it isn’t easy to park, isn't fuel-efficient, and can only carry one passenger, dream cars don't need to be practical and shouldn't be, for that matter. Its raucous 769-hp V12 engine, incredible 0–60 mph 2.7-second acceleration, and 221 mph top speed surely make for the few downsides. No wonder we're sad about the end of the Aventador era since Lamborghini hypercars will never be the same again.