Tesla is the king of
the electric car market, but competition is slowly heating up from
the old guards of the automotive world. One of those old guards, is
the luxury car company, Porsche, and it has recently revealed its
first electric car, the Taycan.
From what we can tell, Porsche is the first company to reveal an electric vehicle that can at least be compared favorably with the Tesla Model S, and that’s not an easy feat. With this in mind, then, we decided we would compare both vehicles to see how they stack up against each other.
In a bid to be fair, we chose to compare the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, and the Tesla Model S. Now, we’re not sure why the company chose to add turbo to the name since electric cars do not have turbo engines, but you know what? It’s a cool name, and should at least, attract fans of gasoline sports cars.
We do not have a ton
of information regarding performance where the Model S is concerned,
but certainly, those numbers will come from Tesla sooner rather than
later. As for the Taycan Turbo S, it comes with 750 horsepower when
Overboost is active, and only 616 when in regular mode.
We suspect the Model S will have a similar output to Overboost because the spec-sheet mentions “maximum net power” and “maximum torque.” For the Tesla fans out there, that’s proof enough, but its always a good idea to wait and see.
Now, when it comes
down to how fast the two cars can get down the road from 0-60MPH, the
Taycan Turbo S can do this in 2.6-seconds, while the Model S is
slightly better with 2.4-seconds. Then again, it all boils down to
which vehicle can hold their top speed the best after going over
As for the drivetrain, both cars are packed with dual motors AWD systems, so you shouldn’t get stuck in the mud or snow. Furthermore, the guys at Porsche added two-speed transmission, electronic limited-slip differential, rear-wheel steering, and more.
Such things are
missing from the Tesla Model S, as far as we can tell, at least. If
we’re wrong, please say so in the comments area.
Battery and range
An electric car is
many things, but the most important thing about it is how far it can
go on a single charge. You see, the Taycan Turbo S, according to
Porsche, can go up to 256-miles on a single charge, while the Model S
maxes out at 356-miles. Bear in mind that the Turbo version of the
Taycan (without the S), can hit 280-miles, while the long-range
version of the Model S, has a max output of 370-miles.
In terms of battery, then, the Taycan is packing a 93 kWh battery pack, and during charging, this thing can go from five percent to 80 percent in less than 23 minutes. As for the Model S, it comes with a has a 100 kWh battery, though, at the moment, we cannot say how long it takes to charge from five percent to 80 percent.
Finally, let’s talk
about the pricing because it matters a great deal where these
electric vehicles are concerned. As expected, the Porsche Taycan
Turbo S is more expensive as it comes in at a whopping $187,610, but
that’s just the base model. The good news is, potential buyers can
get a full $7,500 tax credit on the car in America when it becomes
available for purchase.
The Tesla Model S,
on the other hand, starts at a cool $99,990 before options, and
there’s not a lot of them.