Unless you’ve been locked away in a cage, on an island, or some other deserted place without internet access, chances are you’ve already seen the 2016 Ford GT and know that it’s powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine spitting out roughly 600 horsepower. The hit of the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the new Ford GT has received praise and applause from all over, the latest of which is the official EyesOn Design award for the “Best Designed Production Vehicle.”
The award honors the most significant automotive design earmarked for production making its worldwide debut at NAIAS. And in the case of the Ford GT, it was cited as “capturing the original GT40 in a modern interpretation… and the optimism it showcases for both the Ford brand and the industry.” In receiving the award, the Ford GT beat out the Acura NSX as well as the Mercedes Benz GLE-Class Coupe.
Eligible to win the award are new debuts, with the winners “selected by active and retired design heads of automotive manufacturers and transportation design chairs from top art schools” including such luminaries as Jack Telnack, Wayne Cherry, and Ralph Gilles. The EyesOn Design organization also conducts a very neat concours d’elegance at the Edsel Ford Estate every May.