"It may very well be the most important new car since the Model T."

That's the summation of the latest video from Motor Trend and its Ignition video series, speaking of the Tesla Model S. Though the buff site had previously released a video featuring a range-testing excursion from LA-to-Vegas (and back), this time its cameras were out to capture whether it proves its worth as a car.

For MT's Carlos Lago, the criteria involved in the equation includes important things like, "How fast is it, how fun is it to drive." And while he does spend some tire-smoking time testing the five-door hatchback's performance parameters, the approach overall is more holistic than some we've seen.

Adding up the performance, style, technology and price, Lago compares the Tesla favorably with the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Porsche Panamera. He says it feels "like car 3.0." It all kind of gives us hope our favorite fastback will come out on top when MT reveals its Car Of The Year sometime in November.

Scroll down to watch one of the best-looking Model S video reviews to date, and let us know in Comments if you agree with its conclusions.



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      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny that the Volkswagen Beetle is THE BIGGEST selling car in the history of the automobile, and classic Beetles are still VERY collectible.
      • 2 Years Ago
      pps the cardboard bicycle is the bomb!
      Chris M
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mitt Romney seems to hate it - for political reasons. He hasn't actually test driven it, or for that matter, know anything about it other than it's a new "green" car company that he hasn't siphoned money off of yet.
      fly by wireless
      • 2 Years Ago
      RunMoney doesn't give a **** about tax money. The money put into each of the few companies that failed is at or less than the cost of a fighter jet each. RunMoney doesn't seem to care much about the attrocious bleeding of cash happening on the F22 or F35 program or that happening in so many other military programs that makes the loans to green-tech combined look like pocket change. Too bad his mindless minions don't have the neurons or integrity to consider that either...
      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm going to wait a year and make sure there are no major bugs, but I think the 60kw version is perfect for me. For one thing, it's about the only non-SUV mid-size luxury car with a trunk large enough for my dog. I almost never travel more than 200 miles in a day, and there should be enough supercharging stations in California for when I do.
        Fixitfixitstop
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ferps
        Why is your dog in the trunk?
          vlady1000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Fixitfixitstop
          Yea. If the dog goes in the trunk, then my wife would have to stay at home.
        budfox
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ferps
        I was waiting for these very useful infos all my life. 60 kW version good for you - checked dog fits in - checked no bugs - checked
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ferps
        Must be a BIG dog. ;-)
      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      They may be closer but it is still a better and cheaper battery short like most EV's. The model T was the car that brought affordable travel by auto's to the masses but Tesla is still not cheap or to the point where it would fully replace the gas engine for the average driver. The day is coming where we will have a EV that would meet the needs for most driver. We are close and we will get there but we are not there yet. Sounds to me someone at Motortrend has money invested or has compensated. I would place the Tesla in the class of the 1901 Olds run about. Still pricey but one of first real mass produced car in greater numbers but it is still not to the market the Model T was.
        Val
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        maybe people are recognizing the model S as the stepping stone to mass production, that would push technology further and bring down prices of batteries.
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      It will only be the most important car since the Model T if they can start making them faster.
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Greg
        they already are increasing the speed of production, they just want quality over quantity.
      CruzControl
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is truly an incredible vehice. POINT BLANK. The Tesla brand began shutting down "electric fears" with the very first roadster. I am in no way surprised to hear the Tesla Model S is a fantastic sedan. I've been following the work of Elon Musk, and I must say he is truly a perfectionist at whatever he does. His Space X program is phenomenal, and with time Tesla will be too. +1 for me. I'm looking forward to the Model X to square up nicely against the Cayenne S.
      Oliver Scot Del
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks pretty damn good to me! the lines that show in that rear quarter shot and side profile has me a bit speechless!
      Bill
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to agree with Motor Trend here, though only time will tell, but from everything I've read, if Tesla can get the Model X out and then come out with a lower priced sedan (which they are suppose to be working on) that retains the build quality of the Model S and increase the production numbers, they will really be on to something. Don't forget, they are also starting to install fast charging stations that are free to use, and once completed, will really help remove the issue of distance. Can't wait to see where Tesla is at in about 5 years....should be interesting!
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think MT is right. No, the Model S is not more important than the Model T, but the most important since the Model T? Definitely.
      jeffdobbins1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jesus H. Christ, someone put that poor thing out of it's misery. It is ugly, inside and out. Most important car since the Model T - WTF are you thinking? Who here can afford this? I know I can't. Look at that nasty, gigantic, goofy freaking center screen. The people on here have such low standards, damn.
        j0nny5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jeffdobbins1
        I don't understand the amount of hate you have for this thing. Is it my cup of tea? No. Can I afford it? No. Is it an incredibly important step in the future of our energy independence, and American transportation as a whole, designed, sourced and built HERE IN THE UNITED STATES? Without a doubt.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jeffdobbins1
        someone is living in the past. stay there. we will move on
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jeffdobbins1
        Useless car bigot. Your momma had low standards.
        purrpullberra
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jeffdobbins1
        So you're poor and too stupid to appreciate the qualities it has. Thanks for sharing!
        Gary Birch
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jeffdobbins1
        There is no accounting taste or lack thereove.
        icon149
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jeffdobbins1
        so what do you consider an attractive car? a Ford F150?
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