Tesla Model S
This is the car that turned electric power from an oddball curio (or, in the case of the G-Wiz, a depressing, hateful, it’d-be-a-laughing-stock-but-we’re-too-sad-to-laugh stain on humanity) into a properly desirable object.
By now, the Model S’s achievements are basically hard-coded into every car person’s psyche. We know it can out-drag supercars. We know that acceleration can indeed be a painful experience. But the Model S actually deserves the hype. Sure, it could be built better. And yes, it now has to deal with incredible competition from properly desirable and intensely fantastic electric cars like the Taycan. But think about what we just said: properly desirable electric cars. Do you think, without Tesla as the vanguard, we’d be using words like that?