There's a big gulf in price between these two vehicles.
Ever since the brilliant Porsche Taycan arrived on the scene, this technologically advanced sedan has been touted as one of the biggest threats to the Tesla Model S. The pair has faced off often and remain two of the quickest large sedans in the world. But should the Taycan be more worried about a much cheaper electric sedan in the form of the Model 3?
The results from the recent All Japan EV Grand Prix held at the Fuji Speedway indicate that this is the case. In an unexpected turn of events, a Taycan Turbo S recorded the fastest lap time in the 55 km race (34.1 miles) but finished behind a modified Model 3 in the overall standings.
Sharing the news on Twitter, Unplugged Performance (UP) indicated that its modified Model 3's final time beat that of the much more expensive Taycan Turbo S, which allegedly slowed down as it reached the end of the fifth lap. The Model 3's time was 24:29.801 with an average speed of 133 km/h (83 mph), while the Taycan managed a total time of 25:30.408 with an average speed of 128 km/h (80 mph). UP says that the winning Model 3's upgrades included Yokohama A052 tires, an UP suspension and brakes, and Advan GT wheels - all of these items are available to Tesla owners via the tuner's website.
It must be said that the specific specs of this Gulf Racing Taycan Turbo S weren't shared, other than the fact that it was wearing Hoosier radial slicks, but the stock version of this sedan makes up to 750 horsepower and has a price tag of $185,000. By contrast, the stock Tesla Model 3 Performance starts from only $56,990 and can reach 60 mph in 3.1 seconds (2.6 for the Porsche). Yes, the Porsche is a larger and more luxurious vehicle but it's clear that the Model 3 with just a few upgrades can not only get close to but actually surpass the mighty Porsche. Several other Model 3s also performed exceptionally well on the day of the race.