An earlier version of this article was originally published on Tesla Oracle.
Porsche Taycan has emerged as the Tesla Model S arch rival when it comes to performance on the race track, be it in a straight line or circuits like the Nürburgring and the Laguna Seca.
As soon as Porsche revealed the dual-motor Taycan EV last year, Tesla teased the tri-motor Model S Plaid and it was tested on the Laguna Seca race track for the first time. Currently, the Model S Plaid program is in the prototype testing phase, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the unveiling that was expected this year might be delayed.
As the hype of the Taycan coming to the market was too high, BBC Top Gear organized a drag race between the two as soon as they could get their hands on a Taycan Turbo S — but later on, this race turned out to be biased and the Top Gear crew once again downplayed Tesla. For that, they received a decent amount of well-deserved flack as well.
The current dual-motor Tesla Model S Performance with the 100 kWh battery pack, called the P100D, in short, is the flagship Tesla car as of now. Until the plaid powertrain Model S is released, it is still the quickest accelerating car of the world, going 0-60 mph in just 2.3s with the latest over-the-air update.
Let’s go over a performance specs comparison of both cars to get an idea of what each opponent is capable of delivering when the accelerator pedal is floored.
Tesla Model S P100D (Raven) vs. Porsche Taycan Turbo S Performance Summary
Race tracks and dragstrips are temporarily closed due to the lockdown, and DragTimes had to arrange these races in open space. Starting a race with a car horn is not fair by any means, but these races were interesting nonetheless.
Obviously, the Porsche Taycan has some edge when it comes to performing at the top end, but it is worth remembering that the Tesla Model S was originally created as a luxury family sedan, vs. the Taycan being a purebred electric sports car built for the very purpose of shaming its challengers on the race track.
Let’s wait for the day the dragstrips open and we see both of these confront each other again, and until the Plaid Model S comes out, Taycan has the time to brag about its performance.
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