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Thread of the Day: Tesla Model S, BMW M5, Mercedes CLS63 AMG, or Porsche Panamera Turbo S?

Thread of the Day: Tesla Model S, BMW M5, Mercedes CLS63 AMG, or Porsche Panamera Turbo S?

It may be an electric car, but the 2012 Tesla Model S is fast. Stupid fast. In our exclusive First Test and Range Verification, a 2012 Model S Signature Performance 85 accelerated from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, and completed the quarter mile in 12.5 seconds at 110.9 mph, making it the fastest American sedan we’ve ever tested.

The Tesla Model S’ performance numbers become even more impressive once you realize that there isn’t a huge rumbling V-8 under the hood, but a 416-hp/443-lb-ft AC electric motor in back powering the rear wheels. Also impressive is the fact that the very same Model S that recorded those numbers traveled from Los Angeles, to San Diego, and back without recharging.

Ignoring its green credentials, the Tesla Model S’ performance figures puts it in German super sedan territory, right up against the gas-guzzling BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, and Porsche Panamera Turbo S. All three sedans have twin-turbo V-8s making upwards of 550 hp under the hood. Check out the chart to see how they all break down:

Base Price Weight Power 0-60 mph 60-0 mph Lateral Grip
BMW M5 $92,095 4384 lb 560 hp 3.7 sec 110 ft 0.94 g
Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG $96,805 4256 lb 550 hp 3.9 sec 113 ft 0.92 g
Porsche Panamera Turbo S $176,275 4388 lb 550 hp 3.5 sec 105 ft 1.00 g
Tesla Model S P85 $105,400 4766 lb 416 hp 3.9 sec 105 ft 0.92 g

That brings us to today’s Thread of the Day. If you had to choose between the M5, CLS63 AMG, Panamera Turbo S, and Tesla Model S, which would you choose and why? Sound off in the comments below.

By Christian Seabaugh

Thread of the Day: What New Car, Truck, or SUV Are You Thankful For?

Thread of the Day: What New Car, Truck, or SUV Are You Thankful For?

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means it’s time for turkey, family, road trips, football — and yes, even being thankful. In the automotive sphere that means being thankful for the latest and greatest new cars, trucks, and SUVs currently in production or entering production soon.

We’re thankful for quite a few new vehicles here at Motor Trend – like the uber-luxurious and uber-capable 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, the lightning-quick and all-electric 2013 Tesla Model S, and the pint-sized, entry-priced 2013 Scion FR-S and 2013 Subaru BRZ twins.

In honor of Thanksgiving and for today’s Thread of the Day, we want to know which currently on sale (or soon to be on sale) 2013 or 2014 car, truck, or SUV you’re most thankful for. Our only restriction is that the vehicle must be in dealerships now, or will soon go on sale.

Have at it in the comments below.

By Christian Seabaugh

Thread of the Day: Which 2013 Of-the-Year Winner Would You Park in Your Driveway?

Thread of the Day: Which 2013 Of-the-Year Winner Would You Park in Your Driveway?

We named the 2013 Ram 1500 our 2013 Truck of the Year winner this morning, wrapping up our 2013 Motor Trend “Of-The-Year” season. Joining the Ram 1500 with Golden Calipers of their own is our 2013 Sport/Utility of the year 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and our 2013 Car of the Year, the 2013 Tesla Model S.

For today’s Thread of the Day, we’d like to know which of the 2013 Golden Caliper-recipients you’d most want to own. Each award-winner brings plenty to the table; we loved the Mercedes GL’s segment-busting interior and dynamics; the Tesla Model S’ eco-cred, long legs, and speed; and the Ram 1500′s segment-first eight-speed automatic and towing capability. To make things more interesting, we’re going to include as an option the winner of our coveted Best Driver’s Car award: the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

So again, which of the following would you rather park in your driveway:

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, our Sport/Utility of the Year

2013 Tesla Model S, our Car of the Year

2013 Ram 1500, our Truck of the Year

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S, our Best Driver’s Car

Tell us your choice and why in the comments below.

By Christian Seabaugh

TOTD: Would You Ever Consider Buying an Electric Car?

TOTD: Would You Ever Consider Buying an Electric Car?

With automakers introducing electric cars that push the envelope in terms of styling and performance, the tailpipe-emissions-free cars are starting to become more acceptable. Take, for example, the stunning Tesla Model S, which won our 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year. Audi’s e-tron concept is also proof that an electric car doesn’t have to look like the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. So what would it take for you to consider buying an electric car?

audi e tron front three quarters driver 3 300x187 imageElectrification has even spread to the world of motorsports, with the very first Formula E race scheduled for 2014. Quick chargers are also becoming more advanced, so getting a full charge won’t be as much of a hassle if the charing station isn’t taken by another electric car driver. Even so, electric cars have a long way to go before they’re perceived in a more positive light by most consumers.

For today’s TOTD, we want to know what it would take for an electric car to work for you. If popular concerns such as charging time, range, prices, and acceleration were addressed, would you ever replace your gas-powered car with an electric one? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks to RedChocobo for today’s TOTD.

By Karla Sanchez