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US:Ford GT wins Road&Track Readers' Choice Award: The Dream Car 2005

Readers' Choice Award: The Dream Car 2005

By Patrick Hong • Photos by Barry Hathaway

Undoubtedly, everyone has dreamed about winning the lottery and imagined what to do with all the money. So to keep that fantasy alive for car enthusiasts, we asked our readers to vote for their Dream Car 2005. The process follows the same qualification rules as The Best Car 2005, but we uncapped the $100,000 MSRP limit to come up with a list of five exciting candidates: the Aston Martin DB9, Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, Ford GT, Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster and Maserati MC12. The total cost of these five cars rings up more than $1.6 million at the register, and that's before options, taxes, license and insurance.

With famous nameplates like Ferrari and Lamborghini on the ballot competing for the same honor, we thought the competition was going to be tough. We were wrong. The overwhelming winner for the Dream Car 2005 is...

The Ford GT

As soon as the polls opened, the Ford GT surged ahead with more votes than any other Dream Car. It finished with nearly twice as many winning ballots as the next runner-up, the Aston Martin DB9.

Ford GT Specifications
List price $139,995
Curb weight est 3485 lb
Layout mid engine/rear drive
Transmission 6-speed manual
Engine supercharged dohc 32V V-8
Displacement 5409 cc
Horsepower (SAE) 550 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 500 lb-ft @ 3750 rpm
Brake system, f/r 14.0-in. drilled & vented discs/ 13.2-in. drilled & vented discs, ABS
Wheels 18 x 9 f, 19 x 11 1/2 r
Tires Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar; 235/45ZR-18 f, 315/40ZR-19 r
Steering type rack & pinion
Suspension, f/r upper A-arms & lower L-arms, tube shocks, coil springs, anti-roll bar/upper A-arms & lower L-arms, tube shocks, coil springs, anti-roll bar
0–60 mph 3.8 sec
0–1/4 mile 12.2 sec @ 121.6 mph
Braking, 60–0 117 ft
80–0 199 ft
Lateral accel (200-ft skidpad) 0.99g
Speed through 700-ft slalom 69.5 mph
EPA city/highway 13/21 mpg

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Road & Track Readers's Choice Award: The Dream Car 2005
Final Rankings:

1. Ford GT
2. Aston Martin DB9
3. Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster
4. Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
5. Maserati MC12

My first car was a 67 Mustang Coupe, 2nd one was a 67 Cougar XR-7, 3rd one was a 66 Mustang Coupe. Why did I get rid of these cars for ? I know why, because I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.

My next Ford.....
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