"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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      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.
      knodoctor
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Amr Salah
      • 2 Years Ago
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      knodoctor
      • 2 Years Ago
      In other news, it seems like the 'too good to be true" alleged 47 MPG of the FOrd C-Max is just that. Some journalist at Automotive News (the "bible" of the Auto industry) bought one of these and is continually whining why he can't even come close. In today's article, he wrote about going to some top Ford ENgineers to complain about it, they investigated it and believe the main reason is the guy drives too fast ie far above... 62 MPH, which is a limit for the electric motor to kick in) in his commute. Speaking of Ford, it got a TERRIBLE beating at the latest COnsumer Reports survey. I bet most of it is because of morons not knowing how to use the cumbersome MyFordTouch. Or whatever.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @knodoctor
        And in other news, Jay Leno drove the Model S...and guess what? He loves it too. And to build off of what the troll was blabbing about, the Model S has surpassed the numbers they told the public. Tesla said it was 0-60 in 4.4 seconds but testing by various magazines and reviewers have put it at 0-60 in as low as 3.9 seconds! Doing better than they said it would. Oh. And knodoctor/thor petersen troll? Watch out that the door doesn't fly open on your BMW 7 series and eject you. It's been recalled to fix that.
      AlexMcyDee
      • 2 Years Ago
      The "Car Of The Year" means so much considering past winners: Car of the Year2012 Volkswagen Passat 2011 Chevrolet Volt[10] 2010 Ford Fusion[11] 2009 Nissan GT-R 2008 Cadillac CTS 2007 Toyota Camry 2006 Honda Civic 2005 Chrysler 300 2004 Toyota Prius 2003 Infiniti G35 2002 Ford Thunderbird 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2000 Lincoln LS 1999 Chrysler 300M 1998 Chevrolet Corvette 1997 Chevrolet Malibu 1996 Dodge Caravan 1995 Chrysler Cirrus 1994 Ford Mustang 1993 Ford Probe GT 1992 Cadillac Seville Touring Sedan 1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic LTZ 1990 Lincoln Town Car 1989 Ford Thunderbird SC 1988 Pontiac Grand Prix 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 1986 Ford Taurus LX 1985 Volkswagen GTI (eligible due to it being built in VW's now-defunct Pennsylvania plant) 1984 Chevrolet Corvette 1983 AMC / Renault Alliance 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 1981 Chrysler K Cars, Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant 1980 Chevrolet Citation 1979 Buick Riviera S 1978 Chrysler, Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon 1977 Chevrolet Caprice 1976 Chrysler, Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare 1975 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 1974 Ford Mustang II 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1972 Citroën SM (an imported vehicle that was selected overall "Car of the Year") 1971 Chevrolet Vega 1970 Ford Torino 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 1968 Pontiac GTO 1967 Mercury Cougar 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Impressive. If I could afford it, I would definitely buy this car. Maye someday.....if I win the lottery or the price comes down after establishing the Tesla name a bit more.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        The inexpensive Tesla, which they have always said they intend to make, will run around a $30K starting price (probably after the $7500 tax credit). It will hopefully become available around 2015 to 2016. Tesla fans have called it the Bluestar. So not exactly inexpensive, but not bad for what it will likely do either.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      First of all: Let the Right wing start taking down the 52 Billion in subsidy the oil and coal industry get, then we can talk about this subsidy. http://priceofoil.org/fossil-fuel-subsidies/ Secondly, these EV's burn US Energy, and Build the US Economy. Many Americans are tired of making Abu Dhabi the Richest ( oil ) City in the World. That should be an American City, and if Exxon Shareholders FORCE Tillerson to start spending Real Money on Solar and Wind, it can be.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        @ Ford Future Why do you post such nonsense ? You don't help EV's or the environment with such wild rant's ! Quoting some weird little blog site written by an unqualified fellow ranter, is just annoying ! Time after time, many ABG readers have taken the time to care refute your b/s with facts and creditable evidence, but still you persist with this inane drivel. It's sort of like reading a reverse mirror image of Rush Limbaugh ! After reading your posts, any sensible undecided voter would be rushing to register as a Republican just to not be associated with such craziness. This election is very important for the development of EV's. The last thing anyone needs in a close election, is a crazy fanatic making the pro-EV ,pro-environment candidates policies look crazy, unrealistic, and irresponsible !
        Ford Future
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        To put it simply: Republicans have mismanaged this economy for long enough, from allowing rampant Wall Street Fraud, to Oil Industry Incompetence. It's time to allow the Democrats to grow this economy again.
      chzyrider
      • 2 Years Ago
      Electric cars are only as 'green' as the power source used to recharge them and the manufacturing processes to build them. I think they have great potential, but there are still some concerns for the increase in popularity and an eventual transition from internal combustion engines. Once this technology is made more consumer friendly with vehicles available in all affordable price ranges from basic economy to fancy & luxurious utlilizing these systems, attention needs to be turned towards increasing clean power sources to handle the future increased demand for electrical power. One previous comment states there would be no problem, IF (that's a big IF), people only recharged at night when the public demand for power is lower. Expecting everyone to recharge only at night is not feasible so the existing power grid will eventually need to be updated in many areas to accomodate the demand. I foresee these update costs will likely be passed on to regular home and business consumers through increased rates. The final sale price for any electric vehicle should not include any tax incentives as owners of these vehicle would no longer be directly supporting road maintenance through current gasoline taxes applied per gallon of consumption. This applied tax is also not fair to anyone using the fuel for other purposes not related to road usage (construction, landscaping, etc..), but that's another issue. Public recharging facilities should implement an equilavent metered tax on the power used at each recharge to support road maintenance based on an average estimated mileage per unit of power used at recharge. Home recharging systems need to metered separately from home power usage to ensure owners of these vehicles pay thier fair share in the tax all others pay for the privilage to drive on public roads.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chzyrider
        Cry me a river about road taxes Chizy, It costs 15% of the annual military budget to keep the Straits of Hormuz open. I don't use the oil yet I must pay this tax.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chzyrider
        @ chzyrider Fear not ! The national grid can easily handle a great deal more power usage. In fact it may have to considering the enormous amount of surplus power from solar and wind generation. The issue of road taxes is not really relevent so far as the are relatively few EV's. However, I take your point, and although an argument can be made that EV's easily offset other environmental and economic costs, to be absolutely fair, a really equitable method of road tax based on useage and size should be devised. Taxing power usage is technically difficult and inefficient. It would be more practical to impose a tax on tyres. The method has the advantage that the tax 'disk' would be built in at manufacture, thereby assiting US manufacture. The larger, and more numerous the tyres, the greater the tax revenue !
      hmadden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting that Tesla felt it necessary to paint a grill-like feature on the front end. After all, what does an electric car need with a radiator? Most likely, they put it there so it would look too "strange" to most people.
        Ratpack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hmadden
        The Model S needs a grille because there are 3 radiators which require airflow. "The system also features three radiators, with two side ducts that cool the car and a middle radiator that deals with heat from the motor and battery pack." http://s12.postimage.org/ej8h0kgaj/tesla_model_s_chassis.jpg
        Nick Kordich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hmadden
        The car has three radiators: one for battery coolant, one for the motor and power electronics, and one for the climate control system. Keep in mind: the battery pack stores enough energy bring one ton of room-temperature water to a boil. That's a lot of energy to convert from chemical to electrical to kinetic - and back again, when you brake.
      Sparky5229
      • 2 Years Ago
      WON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT BUYING ONE
        raughle1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sparky5229
        Somebody better let Tesla know, so they can allocate Sparky's car to one of the nation's other 200 million licensed drivers.
        A_Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sparky5229
        why? u mad at something?
        mycommentemail
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sparky5229
        Oh Sparky, Not thinking is what got you in trouble in the first place!
        purrpullberra
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sparky5229
        Just stop at WON'T THINK! It'll be the first time you've typed the truth. More like TOO RETARDED TO BY ONE (OR AFFORD IT)
          Aaron Schwarz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purrpullberra
          You made my day :) lol LOL ... oh lol .... I have laughed that hard in a long time. Thank you :) lol
      knodoctor
      • 2 Years Ago
      April Fools, of course. But wait, it's not April 1st!
        A_Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @knodoctor
        wow. I officially nominate this as for the "Lamest Internet Comment of the Year" award.
          Nick Kordich
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          @ Marcopolo - All these words are yours to enjoy and share. Free speech loves to be freely spoken.
          WindsWilling
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          Stop posting until you grow up. "Someone has a different opinion than me on the internetz, and besides, I liked posting on the internetz when it was dial up and before it was cool". Thank god that the girl pants you wear lowers sperm count.
          knodoctor
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          What is lame is the STUPID, STUPID VEHICLES, the Pure EVs that consumers have nothing but UTTER SCORN for, AND which, to find the few MEASLY Buyers, YOU FOOL, You have to ROB US OF $7,500 PER MISERABLE EV SOLD, AND I am not even counting the BILLIONS GM-USGovernment lost in developing the Stupid, Stupid VOLT ALONE. Those who are TRULY, TRULY LAME are the MINDLESS EV FANATIC GROUPIES.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          @ knodoctor , Um, there's no need to live under that bridge, you can always move to Canada and recieve excellent, free psychiatric attention .......
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          @ Nick Kordich 'a CAPS LOCK-strewn rant' What a terrific description, may I borrow it ?
          Nick Kordich
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          [In response to knodoctor] I have a theory that may interest you: a CAPS LOCK-strewn rant is simultaneously the best way to convince people they're in the presence of a mindless fanatic and the worst way to convince them it's not you.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          Since it is unlikely you pay any taxes you would not be eligible for a tax credit anyway. The extra $1 trillion that your guy Romney wants to give to the military is equal to 133.3 million $7500 tax credits. He really really wants to reduce your taxes while spending that extra $1 trillion. Did you get the sarcasm. I just wanted to make sure you got it. I'd be all for the Republican Party if they actually cut spending and taxes. But they like to spend just as much as the Democrats but say loudly that they don't. Which makes them hypocrites. Kind of like you.
        Dave D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @knodoctor
        What is your malfunction? If you don't like it, then don't buy it. But STFU. Do you run around screaming that other people buy a pickup truck if you don't drive one? Do you freak out if someone else buys a blue car because you don't like blue cars? Again, what is your malfunction? Did mommy not give you enough attention when you were a kid?
          Aaron Schwarz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave D
          Grendal is spot on. The people on here that bash the Model S with mindless rhetoric amaze me. I can't believe anyone that limited is able to type on a computer! They don't understand the difference between a tax credit and a cash handout..... ummm... that speaks volumes. WindsWilling comments in particular speak to a poster with mental problems, emotional instability and issues with developmental delay or mental retardation. Arguing with him is like throwing pearls before a swine and expecting the pig to do something constructive with them.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave D
          He's a looney toon troll. He thrives on the negativety. He likes it that everyone is annoyed and hates him. Which is why he is sick. He gets kicked off regularly but comes back under another alias.
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