The 2012 GT Awards Finalists Category Winners Announced

November 1st, 2012 by Jordan Greer

Kazunori Yamauchi toured the show floor at SEMA in Las Vegas today, visiting all of the individual category winners in this year’s Gran Turismo Awards. They are:

  • Best European Import: 2013 Volkswagen Turbo Beetle ( 2013 Super Beetle Project)
  • Best Truck or SUV: Antron Brown’s Family Dragster Toyota Sequoia
  • Best Hot Rod: Eckerts Ford Mach Forty
  • Best Domestic Automobile:2014 Ford Mustang GT RTR Spec 3
  • Best Asian Import: 2013 Scion FR-S Evasive Motorsports

One of these cars will be chosen for inclusion in a future Gran Turismo title. The “best in show” winner will be announced tonight at the RAIN Nightclub at the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, where Snoop Dogg/Lion will also be performing.

I will be representing GTPlanet at the awards and will update this post to confirm the winner as soon as it is announced at the event. Good luck to all of the finalists!

Update: …and the winner is, Eckert’s Ford Mach Forty! Stay tuned for more info on the car in a full wrap up on the event soon.

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  1. Nov. 2, 9:51am

    I really wanted that 500hp awd beetle!

  2. Nov. 2, 9:21am

    Kaz made a great choice. Looking forward to driving a MR Mustang.

    • Nov. 2, 10:46am

      Agreed, that was a really good choice Kaz made.

  3. Nov. 2, 9:11am

    So glad that Mustang didn’t win. That is the stupidest looking Mustang i have ever seen. RTR BIG FAIL.

    Happy to see the Mach Forty won. Crazy but unique design.

  4. Nov. 2, 8:00am

    Cool ’69 ‘Stang. Really unfortunate hubcaps though. They stuck the engine in the back? Yikes, that’s gonna be a bit tail happy.

  5. Nov. 2, 7:39am

    Bleh, ugliest car won :(.

  6. Nov. 2, 7:33am

    Ford Mustang please!!

  7. Nov. 2, 7:21am

    I wanted the Camry or the FR-S to win :(

    • Nov. 2, 7:21am

      Edit: The toyota Seqouia.

    • Nov. 2, 10:48am

      Don’t worry bud. Maybe with the FR-S, we can create our own in GT6 hopefully. :)

  8. Nov. 2, 7:21am

    Shelby mustang fast back

  9. Nov. 2, 6:41am

    VW Beetle or Mustang, others are so ugly (as other SEMA Winners which are in GT5 now.

  10. Nov. 2, 6:36am

    That Ford Mach looks amazing! I’d love to see it in GT6.

    • Nov. 2, 6:37am

      Oh, it did win. Brilliant. :)

  11. Nov. 2, 6:26am
    SVT Cobra GT

    The first thing I’d do to that Mach Forty when it comes to GT is change those horrible wheels! They’re hideous!

  12. Nov. 2, 6:12am
    GT HP Nut

    I want the FR-S to win so badly.
    If not, the Mustang RTR and Beetle would do too.

  13. Nov. 2, 6:00am

    That mustang has to be one of the best looking cars ever made!

    • Nov. 2, 7:52am

      It’s soo smooth.

  14. Nov. 2, 5:46am

    Yay Old Mustang, Best looking model too.
    Wouldn’t of minded turbo beetle, would of been a 911 Turbo in disguise lol

  15. Nov. 2, 5:23am

    Yay, the Ford Mach Forty (Mc40?) won! I wanted that, or the Beetle or the Scion.

  16. Nov. 2, 5:22am


  17. Nov. 2, 5:17am

    Just put them all in, that would make a nice DLC pack and I’m sure loads of people would buy it, including me.

  18. Nov. 2, 4:47am

    That MR mustang looks good. I hope it will handle just like the Ford GT.

  19. Nov. 2, 4:25am

    I wanted the Ford Mustang 2013 RTR to win just so we could have a current Mustang in GT, I had a feeling the Ford Mach Forty would win going by previous winners anf kaz’s tastes. I just hope GT6 will have a current Mustang model.

  20. Nov. 2, 3:36am

    Not ANOTHER 86 type please!! lol

    I’ll take a Beetle though.

  21. Nov. 2, 3:33am

    the beetle. rest of those are worthless…

  22. Nov. 2, 3:14am

    The Scion looks great, but I would rather go for the Ford Mustang

  23. Nov. 2, 3:14am

    scion is the one. cuz they already got the licence right thing..

  24. Nov. 2, 2:43am

    Oh yeah, i know think will sure 2012 GT awards add cars on GT6 or GT5 DLC list:

    -VW Beatle 2013
    -Ford Mustang 2013 RTR
    -Scion GT-86 (Look great)


  25. Nov. 2, 2:43am

    Ford Wins!!
    Thats cool, its hard to judge in between categories.
    My pick was the FR-S
    Any cars was overdone or bad colors choice unfortunately.

  26. Nov. 2, 2:40am

    Figures that the one car I didn’t want to win.. won.

  27. Nov. 2, 2:34am

    lol guys take a look at the update, the Mach Forty won

    • Nov. 2, 2:46am

      Holy crap you’re right!

    • Nov. 2, 2:49am

      where do you go to see?

  28. Nov. 2, 2:18am

    Old or new stang

  29. Nov. 2, 1:58am

    still no announcement?

  30. Nov. 2, 1:51am

    2013 Mustang GT RTR…yes, nice looking….
    Toyota Sequoia Dragster….it a drag car, if win, he will need a drag racing track…..
    Mach Forty…look funny….if win, it will been three old Mustang in the row…no need get other one……
    Evasive Motorsports FR-S…yes, also nice looking, I like this car……
    Super Beetle….wow look good hp, new model and we don’t have new Beetle in the game….why not….

    So I like three out of five…..the Mustang GTR, FR-S and Super Beetle

  31. Nov. 2, 1:46am


  32. Nov. 2, 1:45am

    I’m trying to like the Mach Forty… but I just can’t. Either the FR-S or the Super Beetle please. Having followed the Super Beetle project on VWVortex, I’m excited that it got the award for Best European car. For APR, VWVortex and VW, I’d love to see that Beetle make it.

    • Nov. 2, 6:07am

      I bet my two cents it will be the Scion. It will be easier to implement in GT6, ’cause they already modeled it…

  33. Nov. 2, 1:38am

    Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. ;)

  34. Nov. 2, 1:22am

    Screw that, include all the category winners, they all look freaking sweet.

  35. Nov. 2, 12:58am

    If Kaz is going to continue his trends of picking old fashion muscle cars, then its definitely going to be the Eckerts Ford Mach Forty

    • Nov. 2, 1:01am

      Yea but he’s picked them 3 years running. I think he needs a change of pace, such as the Sequoia or Super Beetle.

  36. Nov. 2, 12:50am

    I hope the dragster Toyota wagon wins. Closest thing to the Renault Espace F1 from GT2 . :D

    • Nov. 2, 12:58am

      & It might mean we could have a drag strip for it too, since it’s technically a pro stock truck.

  37. Nov. 2, 12:46am

    Ok, all of these choices are great in my eyes, but how long are we going to be waiting on them? We’ve still got all of these plus the NSX on the waiting list…

    Considering that we don’t have any of the 2010 winners yet, I’m just going to assume their being held for GT6.

    *Not a complaint, just speculation, to make that perfectly clear.*

  38. Nov. 2, 12:37am

    both mach 40 and fr-s look good. but i can see the vw in the game too, just because there aren’t many honerable production vws

  39. Nov. 2, 12:26am
    Pit Crew

    Have a Blast Jordan.

    My Winner: Eckerts Ford Mach Forty

    Kazs Winner: 2013 Scion FR-S Evasive Motorsports


    • Nov. 2, 2:41am

      Irony inbound

  40. Nov. 2, 12:24am

    The Mothers Mustang is a proper Mustang; they didn’t over do it in the power and gave it the right part to keep it glued to the road and the track. I would love to have a Flat Black Stang like that.

  41. Nov. 1, 11:40pm

    GT Academy is on Spike

  42. Nov. 1, 11:14pm

    My favorites are the BRZ and the 2013 Mustang. I think the truck is a bit over-done and I don’t really like the Beatle, tuned or not.

    • Nov. 2, 12:35am

      BRZ? I think you mean FR-S…

  43. Nov. 1, 11:12pm

    The Beetle is a must have. Out of all these it doesn’t have overdone bodykit and its specs speak of a true racecar rather than trailer queen. We already have a SEMA Mustang, we don’t need yet another one.

  44. Nov. 1, 11:08pm

    At the risk of sounding cynical, the way Polyphony keeps adding in GTRs and FR-Ss, it’s probably going to be the FR-S.

  45. Nov. 1, 11:06pm

    I love Kaz’s choices. There were so many cars to choice from. How can you how can you narrow it down?

  46. Nov. 1, 10:53pm

    My Diagnosis on each car:
    Mustang GT RTR: Very nice, probably a great road car, but I’m not a big Ford guy.
    Mach Forty: Amazing power output, good balance, but not a real looker.
    Toyota Sequoia Dragster: Probably amazing on a drag strip, but terrible on a road course.
    VWVortex Super Beetle: 500hp, AWD, Probably handles good.
    Evasive Motorsports FR-S: Like the FR-S, good drift car, but alittle ordinary and not sure of the hp.

    My vote would have to go with ethier the Sequoia, as long as it comes with a real 1/4 mile drag strip, or the Super Beetle, but I’m a VW Guy so my opinion is alittle biased

  47. Nov. 1, 10:50pm

    The cars last year were way better.

  48. Nov. 1, 10:42pm

    Make it the Beetle or that FR-S. That Beetle looks incredible/

  49. Nov. 1, 10:42pm

    Not really liking any of the choices this time.

  50. Nov. 1, 10:28pm

    one thing’s certain, Kaz has horrible taste in cars.

    • Nov. 2, 12:30am

      haha…i was thinking the same thing. i never like the ones he picks at SEMA. i think there was something at Pebble Beach he was involved with, and thought his choices sucked too!

    • Nov. 2, 1:43am

      The category winning cars are not selected by Kaz, but by a group of judges. Yamauchi then picks from the five cars that are presented to him.

  51. Nov. 1, 10:13pm

    Eckerts Ford Mach Forty & or Antron Brown’s Family Dragster Toyota Sequoia

  52. Nov. 1, 10:11pm

    I really hope the Mazda MX-5 Super 25 could win this

  53. Nov. 1, 10:07pm

    I’d really like to see the regular 2013 Beetle actually. Not sure if I like this particular one as I don’t quite like the wheels.

    The Old Mustang would be nice, but a Mustang won before so I’m not sure how likely that is.

    I’m not super interested in the FR-S in general but this one looks incredible; I would love to have it in the game.

    And of course, who doesn’t want the Sequoia?

    Looks like Kaz has his work cut out to have to choose one of these.

  54. Nov. 1, 9:56pm

    I hope its the Sequoia, but realistically its probably going to be the Scion.

  55. Nov. 1, 9:55pm

    I put money on the fact that he will pick the Old Mustang. Past few years he picks old cars from the 60s/70s because that’s when he grew up

    I would pick FR-S but they’re not releasing the amount of horsepower. I’ve tried finding it on the internet and that seems shady to me. It’s great looking and I like the aero package but if the horsepowers low what’s the point.

    The SUV would be cool because it would be the most unique addition to GT

    The Mach 40 is just ugly, those rims are HIDEOUS, same with the beetle. The beetle is already an ugly car but with those rims it’s even worse.

  56. Nov. 1, 9:53pm

    Mach Forty or the FR-S please

  57. Nov. 1, 9:48pm

    Meh… I would like to have something that you don’t see on the road…. (As in a better euro import… Seriously, a bug?) somthing more along the lines of a merk or Aston Martin…..

    • Nov. 1, 9:54pm

      You see 500hp AWD Beetles on the road?

  58. Nov. 1, 9:47pm

    Hummmm here’s what I am stuck on.
    1. I like the RTR Mustangs. But the one in pictures and yes the red one. It has to be the worst one i have ever seen. Those fender flares are ugly. I know it is supposed to be a race car but they should have at least painted them. Do I need to say anything about the rims? RTR what and why?
    2. The Toyota. Ok cool it is a drag car. I say no to it if there isn’t a proper drag strip in GT6 (proper drag strip as in at least a 1/4 mile strip with a tree with working lights. So no more ghosting bull crap)
    3. The VW Beatle. It is cool and a pretty normal car. It would be ok.
    4. The FR-S. Ok cool to put that in. But GT6 needs to have the right classes and regulations for it.
    5. The Mach Forty. That thing is pretty cool. Great beautiful creation.

    I am between the Beatle and the Mach Forty

  59. Nov. 1, 9:43pm

    MACH FORTY!!!!!!!!

  60. Nov. 1, 9:34pm

    If the Toyota wins, we might be able to get our dragstrip.

  61. Nov. 1, 9:30pm

    My god I want that Sequoia to be I GT6.

  62. Nov. 1, 9:25pm

    Surprised at the number of people rooting for the Scion, considering all the GTP tantrums about BR-Z / FT-86 / FR-S being the same car and how we need more variety. Yeah, yeah… but it’s a tuner! Maybe I missed a meeting.

    Just give us all of them. DLC. Now. Shut up and take my money.

    • Nov. 1, 9:57pm

      Well it’s because it’s a great looking car and probably the best handling car there.

  63. Nov. 1, 9:25pm

    The red Mustang!:)

  64. Nov. 1, 9:24pm

    sure I would kinda like to have the RSR or the Mach or the FRS But all these arent that good….disappointed. Some should tune a Porsche, so that KAz can put it in GT. Or something like the DTM C 63 or BMW M3 GT3.

  65. Nov. 1, 9:24pm

    I want the Mustang.

  66. Nov. 1, 9:21pm

    Please please please choose both the Scion and Beetle Turbo, and even the rest along with the dragster if possible. Either choose the Scion or Beetle Turbo, I’ll forgive you Kaz. I Promise. :)

    I think I read somewhere about that tuned Scion FR-S may compete at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. *.*

  67. Nov. 1, 9:19pm

    Nahh ford mustang cobra jet 8 sec TT v8 beast!

  68. Nov. 1, 9:16pm

    I want the Scion FR-S.

  69. Nov. 1, 9:14pm

    Great Job Snoop Dogg!(for all the haters) ; )
    2013 Volkswagen Turbo Beetle ( 2013 Super Beetle Project) <— This please
    Kaz you are awesome!
    Thank you

  70. Nov. 1, 9:13pm

    Best Asian Import: 2013 Scion FR-S Evasive Motorsports

    Called it.

  71. Nov. 1, 9:09pm

    ALL OF THEM !!!!!!

  72. Nov. 1, 9:09pm

    Can all of them be in the game.

  73. Nov. 1, 9:07pm

    The Mustang is nice but it has to be the FR-S Evasive.

  74. Nov. 1, 9:06pm

    Rooting for that Mustang RTR, we really need the newer version in GT and also the VW Beetle because it looks like a 911 GT3

  75. Nov. 1, 9:04pm

    im guessing the 2013 mustang is going to win

  76. Nov. 1, 9:01pm

    Hi Jordan,

    Do you think you will get a chance to interview Kaz during the event?

  77. Nov. 1, 9:01pm

    VW Turbo Beetle. Cause it’s the closest looking to a 911.

  78. Nov. 1, 9:01pm

    The scion would be good to use in custom class races like the ones I do with my online buddies… Like using the tuned HKS Evo in Super GT 300..

    That Scion could be added to the grid easily!

  79. Nov. 1, 8:59pm

    2013 Volkswagen Turbo Beetle, i want this car in the game since i sat in it at the Philadelphia auto show last year

  80. Nov. 1, 8:58pm


  81. Nov. 1, 8:56pm
    Both Barrels

    RTR Mustang all day.

  82. Nov. 1, 8:56pm

    I cant really decide on any specific car, however the idea of an MR mustang is quite appealing.

  83. Nov. 1, 8:50pm

    I’ll take anything except the Beetle and Sequoia. Really love the Mustang and FR-S though.

  84. Nov. 1, 8:50pm

    I want the Scion.

  85. Nov. 1, 8:48pm

    Well I feel Kaz has an affinity towards VW’s with the ’66 1200, Golf R & Scirocco R, so I’m hoping it’s the Beetle

  86. Nov. 1, 8:44pm

    1st Choice – FRS Evasive
    2nd Choice – Turbo Beetle
    3rd Choice – Sequoia Dragster

    Mustangs? No thanks.

  87. Nov. 1, 8:44pm

    The RTR Mustang hands down!!

  88. Nov. 1, 8:42pm
    Fire Yoshi

    I want that beige mustang to win…love that body style. The red mustang is a bit too extreme, the beetle’s exterior is a bit plain for my taste. The FR-S is pretty cool, but I don’t really want it in the game for some reason. The dragster is ugly as frick, but man does it bring back GT2 memories. lol

  89. Nov. 1, 8:40pm

    Lol at the Beetle, and no thank you GT86.

  90. Nov. 1, 8:39pm

    I want the Ford Mach Forty LOVE THAT MUSCLE!!!! I SPIT ON IMPORTS LOL

  91. Nov. 1, 8:39pm

    TBH i just want anything but another GT-R/BRZ,I just really want DLC lol(this month would be epic)

  92. Nov. 1, 8:38pm

    Mothers RTR by far. Either that or the Beetle.

  93. Nov. 1, 8:38pm

    Strangely.. i’m feelin the beetle ;3

  94. Nov. 1, 8:37pm

    No FR-S please too many of the same car in the game.

  95. Nov. 1, 8:36pm

    THE DRAG CAR!!!!!!

    • Nov. 1, 8:38pm

      we need drag cars in gt5 and a proper drag strip with working tree, say like an atomatic tree that lights green every 30 seconds or somthing so people can line up and drag their turn, with a light at the end to show who won….

  96. Nov. 1, 8:35pm

    I want the mustang ..Not a big fan of domestics but that mustang ………………………..

    • Nov. 1, 8:41pm

      proberbly be the scion tho coz yeh we aint got enough variations of that car yet !!!! ffs

  97. Nov. 1, 8:33pm

    I want either the Beetle Turbo or the Toyota Sequoia :D

  98. Nov. 1, 8:33pm

    We all know the FR-S is going to win.

    • Nov. 1, 8:34pm

      Though it does look cool. :D

    • Nov. 1, 9:22pm

      I want it to win, looks so cool! :)

  99. Nov. 1, 8:33pm

    Both Mustangs (even the beetle) are more than welcome.
    (altough modeling the FR-S would be easy)

  100. Nov. 1, 8:31pm

    The Sequoia is epic.

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