Porsche Taycan Vs Tesla Model S: Review, Road Test, Race, Charging

It’s high time to take an extensive look at how these two all-electric beasts stack up.

To quote Top Gear, “It’s the EV heavyweight battle you’ve been waiting for.” Perhaps some of you haven’t been waiting for anything of the sort, and we totally understand that for a multitude of reasons. However, Porsche Taycan versus Tesla Model S is a hot topic in the automotive space. Think about it, a high-dollar German luxury automaker finally stepping up in the all-electric realm.

Before we move forward, it’s important to note here that the Taycan Turbo S offers over 100 miles less range than the Model S Performance and is nearly double the price. However, clearly, when buying a Porsche, you’re paying for much more than just range.

It was honestly only a matter of time before a major automotive channel like Top Gear would get its hands on a Porsche Taycan for an extensive comparison to the Tesla Model S. To be clear, there is nothing quite like this out there yet. Moreover, Top Gear uses a Model S Raven and a Taycan Turbo S for its comparison, which is respectable.

The publication takes a close look at the two cars in terms of many metrics, such as features, road manners, acceleration, comfort, cargo space, cabin tech, and overall practicality and convenience.

In the end, as expected, Top Gear deems each car successful based on what it aims to achieve, as well as what type of people may be planning to buy it. Check out the video for all the details. Then, scroll down and leave us your thoughts in the comment section.

Video Description via Top Gear on YouTube:

Porsche Taycan Turbo S vs Tesla Model S: DRAG RACE, FULL REVIEW AND VMAX | Top Gear

It’s the EV heavyweight battle you’ve been waiting for: In the green corner, the £140k, 750bhp Porsche Taycan Turbo S. In the red corner, the £100k, 754bhp Tesla Model S Performance Ludicrous+. To find out which is best, we test both on the road, drag strip, autobahn and at the charging station.

This article originally appeared on Inside EVs.

Uncle Paul

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Finally. After 6 years, a company other than Tesla, has come out with a legitimate contender to the higher end performance EV.

Typically Porsche, it is bristling with engineering, great handling, excellent fit and finish. Looks great and gives a fantastic driving experience.

Will be good to see some cross shopping, but believe mostly that this will just be an EV selection by the Porsche faithful.

At about double the price, but not nearly the range of a Performance S, the car will have some allure to those wanting the Porsche experience and charms.

This will most likely be only the first EV model from Porsche. Expect an SUV, convertible, two door, coupe etc to follow in the footsteps.

Welcome to the party...Porsche.
 
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Wanna see Top Gear's actual numbers on the Raven not the 2017 article.

Tesla Model S and Merc-AMG E63 vs the stopwatch

So Top Gear, again, falsified their reporting. I expect the Taycan is a great EV but adjusting the numbers and using their numbers from their test two YEARS ago to say it doesn't beat the Taycan is just wrong. It throws the whole review, which I had thought was pretty fair, into question. We'll have to wait for someone else to do a real review to see the real truth.
 

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And how much was Top Gear paid to look the other way that they had a sick or non full ludicrous mode Tesla or perhaps as others have suggested simply an earlier generation car running the quarter mile at least a half a second slower than the latest times reported for the Raven? What little respect I had for Top Gear just got shredded. Multiple owners and sources suggest that a realistic time for the Tesla S Raven is 10.5 seconds at 126. That means it beats the Taycan by two tenths of a second even though it's going slightly slower at the Finish. And this is prior to the release of the Plaid drivetrain which probably would smoke the Porsche.
 
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Better yet a slip time from a Dragway. That's actually the gold standard not vbox.
What's the Taycan's time on a drag strip covered in rubber?

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What's the Taycan's time on a drag strip covered in rubber?

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Better yet a slip time from a Dragway. That's actually the gold standard not vbox. And while two tenths of a second doesn't sound like much at that speed it's almost 40 feet. And to really rub it in the Porsche cost about ten thousand bucks less than the new Roadster will cost. And that's not even a contest.

And then there's the whole Nurburgring time thing. If the Plaid admittedly prototype Tesla S can beat the taycan by 20 seconds, what could the Roadster do? I'd say the over under time on the Roadster is 6 minutes 40 seconds. That would be a minute faster than the Porsche.
 

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And then there's the whole Nurburgring time thing. If the Plaid admittedly prototype Tesla S can beat the taycan by 20 seconds, what could the Roadster do? I'd say the over under time on the Roadster is 6 minutes 40 seconds. That would be a minute faster than the Porsche.
Yes, everybody has seen the video of the Nurburgring time thing. Elvis has witnessed it too.
With Space X package the Roadster lap time could be even negative.
 
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An "EV heavyweight battle" is what you're calling it? What, are you a16? Does any owner of a Tesla Model S really care whether they can beat an overpriced Taycan (or Shitcan) in a drag race? Give me a break. What you should be reporting is that Porsche is 8 years late to the EV evolution represented by the Model S, and shafts future owners of Taycans (or Shitcans) by not providing a dedicated charging network like the one Tesla owners enjoy.
 
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An "EV heavyweight battle" is what you're calling it? What, are you a16? Does any owner of a Tesla Model S really care whether they can beat an overpriced Taycan (or Shitcan) in a drag race? Give me a break. What you should be reporting is that Porsche is 8 years late to the EV evolution represented by the Model S, and shafts future owners of Taycans (or Shitcans) by not providing a dedicated charging network like the one Tesla owners enjoy.

I absolutely care!! I take pride in owning the quickest mass produced EV in the world. If Porsche (or anyone) makes something quicker than congrats to them. But if they don't make something quicker and someone reports that it is quicker it needs to be called out. And if Tesla no longer is the quickest than so be it. I will keep my Tesla but no longer claim to be quickest.

BTW, I'm 46yrs old.
 

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An "EV heavyweight battle" is what you're calling it? What, are you a16? Does any owner of a Tesla Model S really care whether they can beat an overpriced Taycan (or Shitcan) in a drag race? Give me a break. What you should be reporting is that Porsche is 8 years late to the EV evolution represented by the Model S, and shafts future owners of Taycans (or Shitcans) by not providing a dedicated charging network like the one Tesla owners enjoy.

Tell us how you really feel!
 
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Yes, everybody has seen the video of the Nurburgring time thing. Elvis has witnessed it too.
With Space X package the Roadster lap time could be even negative.

Are you suggesting that the time was fabricated or cooked?
 

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And then there's the whole Nurburgring time thing. If the Plaid admittedly prototype Tesla S can beat the taycan by 20 seconds, what could the Roadster do? I'd say the over under time on the Roadster is 6 minutes 40 seconds. That would be a minute faster than the Porsche.
6:40 wouldn't even beat Volkwagen's EV. Pathetic!