Drag Race: Porsche & Tesla Face Off With Their Flagship Electric Cars

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Can Porsche’s all-electric Taycan Turbo S compete with Tesla’s new Model S Plaid? Well, it turns out that the YouTube channel DragTimes took these two cars to the track for a jaw-dropping drag race battle. It was, indeed, a showdown between two stunning, high-performance electric cars.

Porsche’s top-end variant of the Taycan, its Turbo S, and Tesla’s 1020 hp beast of a machine, its new Model S Plaid, both proved to put on quite a show!

There are a few major differences between these two EV standouts. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S has a dual-motor setup (one front, one rear), while the Tesla Model S Plaid has three motors (two in the rear and one in the front). The transmission of both vehicles is different as well. The Porsche Taycan has a 2-speed transmission, while the Tesla Model S Plaid has a single-speed fixed-gear transmission.

Both cars, being electric, deliver a massive dose of instant torque to the wheels. That said, Porsche’s phenomenal 0-60 mph time of 2.6s still has quite a ways to go in order to chase down the Model S Plaid’s 1.99s. But that’s just a quickie clocked off-the-line. How about something more substantial on a track?

First, let’s go over some key specs before watching these two beasts face off in a drag race.

Specs comparison. Sources: manufacturer specs, 2021 Tesla Model S Owner’s Manual (Compiled by Iqtidar Ali / TeslaOracle.com)

Despite superior range, acceleration, an additional motor, and far better efficiency, the price of the Tesla Model S Plaid is $55,000 less than the Taycan Turbo S — yikes!

In addition, Porsche still needs to play some catch-up in order to make the most efficient use of the energy stored in the car’s battery pack. Porsche’s Taycan Turbo S has a 93.4 kWh battery pack — that’s not small by any measure but better engineering and improved software might have made better use of it.

Range comparison. EPA range and efficiency comparison between Tesla Model S Plaid and Porsche Taycan Turbo S (Source: fueleconomy.gov)


It’s worth noting that Model S Plaid was not even in its Drag Strip Mode on the first attempt and yet it left the Taycan Turbo S in the dust. This made Porsche owner David Lockhart order a Model S Plaid right from the dragstrip. Check out the video for proof — although, I’m not sure if he literally bought one. Regardless, he looked pretty convinced.

Above: 1,020 HP PLAID vs TAYCAN * Tesla Plaid Model S vs Porsche Taycan Turbo S 1/4 Mile Drag Race (Source: DragTimes / YouTube)

The Model S Plaid gave a consistent quarter-mile time of under 10 seconds even with the battery state-of-charge dropping with each race. Here are the exact numbers from the timeslip:

1st attempt = 9.673s @150.93 mph (without Drag Strip Mode)
2nd attempt = 9.360s @150.82 mph
3rd attempt = 9.344s @151.34 mph

It looks like the Tesla Model S Plaid might just be the new king of drag races. Now it’s time for million-dollar Ferrari and Bugatti supercars to taste the Plaid acceleration … if they have an appetite for it.

Originally posted on Tesla Oracle & EVANNEX.

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Iqtidar Ali

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. He also writes about tech stuff at UXTechPlus.com occasionally. Iqtidar can easily be reached on Twitter @IqtidarAlii (DM open for tips, feedback or a friendly message) or via email: iqtidar@xautoworld.com.

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