Motor Trend Magazine has made anÂ historicalÂ choice when it came to the “Car of the Year” award, naming Tesla Model S the best car in 2012, being the first time when a full electric vehicle wins the trophy.
With a starting price of $57,400, Tesla Model S outmatched 24Â otherÂ rivals, with models like BMW 3 Series, 6 Series, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Lexus GS, Audi A7 and many others among them.
“It is a testament not only to the luxury sedan and electric car segment, but to American engineering overall,” said Edward Loth, Motor TrendÂ editor-in-chief. “To be the first car in the 64-year history of the award to be powered by something other than gasoline must mean it is very special,”Â Loth added.
The members of the Motor Trend Magazine jury said that the Tesla Model S drives like a Rolls Royce, but that it’s impressive to see that the car is still capable of hitting high speeds even though it has to carry as many passengers as an SUV.
Tesla Model S was one of the best when it came to fuel consumption, scoring the equivalent of 76 mpg on the highway even though that the electric vehicle can hit 60 mph in just 4 seconds.
“Weâ€™re going to look back and see this as a point at which the gears of history really turned,” said Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk. He also added that other car manufacturers should follow the Tesla Model S example and develop “moreÂ convincing”Â electric cars.
Tesla Model S was officially launched on June 22nd 2012. The Performance model is powered by a 416 HP engine mounted on the Â rear axle, capable of delivering a torque of 433 ft-lb, while the base model has a 362 hp engine with 325 ft-lb.