Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?



Tesla Model S P100D & Porsche Taycan Turbo S Drag Racing Again!

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.

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

Data Sources: Tesla Inc. and Porsche AG

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.

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Former Tesla Battery Expert Leading Lyten Into New Lithium-Sulfur Battery Era — Podcast:

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Written By

Iqtidar Ali writes for X Auto about Tesla and electric vehicles. A true car enthusiast since his childhood, he covers his stories with an utmost passion, which is now guided by the mission towards sustainability. With over 1 decade of website development experience, he’s also our IT resource at hand. He also writes about tech stuff at occasionally. Iqtidar can easily be reached on Twitter @IqtidarAlii (DM open for tips, feedback or a friendly message) or via email:


You May Also Like


Tesla’s annual shareholder’s meeting left some disappointed with margins and a lack of new updates. However, some analysts recently reiterated their “Buy” rating on...


Tesla is weathering a barrage of complaints from critics and regulators who say Musk is moving too fast. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality...


Last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicted that the Model Y would become the world’s best selling car in 2023. While the statement was...


Plugin vehicles are all the rage in the Chinese auto market. Plugins scored over half a million sales last month, up 93% year over...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.