What has been the most game-changing car of the 21st Century?
A few of my choices, plus a few other creators!
Some cars enter our markets, live for a few years, and then die off. For example, the Nissan Note. I am not sure there is a single person in existence who was actually sad to see it go. Your granny just went and bought a Jazz instead and everything was fine.
But some cars are a bit more inspiring. A bit more incredible. A bit more game-changing. We see automotive records being broken all the time, as manufacturers hone their latest creations. Some of these records are quickly broken by someone else (see the whole Koenigsegg, Bugatti, Hennessy saga for more info), but some stand the test of time, because they pushed the boundaries so far, they made us see cars in a new light.
History is littered with game changers. The Ford Model T claims the title of first mass produced car. The Mini was the first car to be built in subframes. The F40 was the first production car to hit the double ton! However, this got me wondering. What have been the game changers of the 21st Century? So here are some creators takes, and my thoughts on the matter.
Tesla Model S
It's a tough one! In terms of the car that has been the 'game changer', as much as I hate to say it, I think it has to be the Tesla Model S. Not only is it bonkers fast, but it has opened so many people's eyes to the future of EV motoring.
The Tesla Model S is definitely a contender. Despite also being filled with a slight personal hatred towards the car for the end of the era that it signals, it has shown that there is a future in the EV. I mean, what did we have before it? The G-Wiz? I would have liked a more iconic design, but the constantly improving range and over the air updates brings a new attitude to the ownership of a car.
Bugatti Veyron SS
At first this sounds like a tough question to answer, but there is only one option, the Bugatti Veyron. It was just so far ahead of anything else and it took years for the rest of the industry to catch up.
The Bugatti Veyron was the first 'hypercar'. This was the moment that the true potential of a car was unveiled, and yet they still found time to give it an iconic design and a luxurious driving experience. Considering how legendary it is now know as, and the true game-changing nature of the car (breaking a world speed record by 25mph is no easy feat), this has to be known as one of the greats.
Taycan Turbo S
I think the Porsche Taycan is the most game changing car of the 21st Century. EVs aren't just Teslas, and we've wanted to see our favourite carmakers enter the game and the Taycan has done just that. As well as pulling Tesla's pants down, it paves a way for future Porsches and that future looks very bright indeed.
Personally, I could not wait for the trad manufacturers to get into the electric game, and show the new boys who runs the roost. While the Model S arguably paved the way, the Taycan brings the electric car experience to a whole new level, both in terms of performance and quality, (and... whisper it... price). But to me, this car is reassuring. I worry that the sports car will die out, and I would not classify a Tesla Roadster or a Rimac C_Two as solving that, but the Taycan does. It handles, it whines and it feels like a proper car, rather than a milk float.
A few other cars I wanted to throw in there...
For me, there are a few other cars that deserve recognition. The McLaren P1, and the rest of the Holy Trinity, bought to use the idea of using electric power for performance, not efficiency. The Rolls Royce Phantom was not only the rebirth of a company, but one which has become the top watermark for luxury. The Nissan GT-R (R35), has lost relevance due to ageing, but we have to remember that this is a car that redefined speed, and did it at a price that your average punter could actually save up and buy.