Detroit News readers name Ford GT Best of Show

Ian Thibodeau
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co.’s Ford GT supercar earned top honors in The Detroit News annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

One hundred judges selected from the public voted the sleek supercar as Best of Show and Best Dream Machine at the Detroit auto show.

The $450,000-plus car previously was voted Best of Show in 2015, when it was unveiled at the auto show that year. The GT is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine, the same engine that debuted in Ford’s Taurus SHO and is under the hood of the 2015 F-150 pickup — but the GT engine kicks it up several notches with custom pistons, rods, turbos and cams that help it get more than 600 horsepower.

“The Readers’ Choice honors are the only auto show awards selected by the people who will be actually buying and driving the vehicles on display,” said Jonathan Wolman, editor and publisher of The Detroit News. “Our readers give an excellent perspective on the models most likely to have an impact on the market in the coming year.”

Ford also nabbed honors for Baddest Off Road Vehicle with the Raptor, and Coolest Technology with the swanky Lincoln Continental, which was 2016’s Readers’ Choice Best of Show.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Chrysler brand won two awards: Best Road-Trip Ride and Best Family Fun Finder for the Pacifica minivan. The Pacifica won the Best Family Fun Finder award last year.

General Motors Co. won two awards: Best Future Concept for its Cadillac Escala, and Most Eco-Friendly for the Chevy Bolt.

Toyota picked up the Most for your Money award for the Camry, and Fisker Karma won the Most Amazing Mobility award for the Karma Revero.

The announcements were made Tuesday at a Detroit Economic Club annual luncheon.

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