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It actually something very close to the Cross Turismo according to a survey of 2,000 participants:

Listen up, carmakers of the world. Research surveying 2,000 people has resulted in a scientific calculation of the world’s ultimate car. And it’s good news if you’re Aston Martin or Audi, because you’re responsible for pretty much half of it.

Yes, the public’s ultimate fantasy car would have the front half of an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, the practical backside of an Audi RS6, wide arches and, weirdly enough, 18-inch six-spoke alloys wheels.

It should be painted black, and powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain so it’s quick but also green enough ‘to be driven through London without having to pay the congestion charge’.

That’s a bit of an ask, given the rules for the congestion charge decree that “only vehicles which emit no more than 75g/km of CO2 and have a minimum 20 mile zero emission capable range” can dodge the tax. Better than a big battery back there.

It’s been brought to life here by Top Gear magazine illustrator Chris Rathbone, while our Chris Harris said of the concoction: “Aston DBS meets Audi RS6 all garnished with some Porsche 993 GT2 bolt on arches - it’s my perfect car!”

While the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera had the most desirable front, respondents also liked the Range Rover Velar, Ferrari Roma, Jaguar F-Type, Bugatti Chiron and wait for it… the Volkswagen ID.3. The public’s a funny ol’ bunch, eh?

So, while we’ve got you, does anyone fancy submitting their own recipe for the ultimate dream car in the comments below?

The Top Gear Motors, Mischief & Mayhem DVD - the first release to feature the current presenting line-up of Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris - is out now

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