Battle of the Giants.
Let's be honest; no longer can we deny the fact that electric performance cars are insanely quick. We've covered countless drag races where EVs destroy their gas-powered counterparts (it never gets old). So what about pitting two of the most extreme electric performance cars currently available against each other? In this latest drag strip battle, we get to see two ultimate warriors duke it out: on the one hand, we have the new Tesla Plaid Model S, which has been seen beating gas-powered supercars with only 50 percent battery life left, and on the other hand, we have the Porsche Taycan Turbo S which simply won't stop setting world records.
Let's look at the figures first. The Tesla Plaid Model S is absolutely nuts: its three electric motors produce 1,020 horsepower, which allows this sizable luxury sedan to sprint to sixty in an earth-shattering 1.99 seconds and top out at a claimed 200 mph. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S on the other hand offers more humble figures: this German EV produces 750 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque which allows it to blast to sixty in 2.9 seconds, a whole second slower than the Tesla, and top out at a less impressive 161 mph. As we all know, these figures are worth as much as the paper they're written on. The real test is what happens on the strip.
So now it's on to the race. In the short 36 second clip, we get to see both cars doing a street and prepped drag run, but unfortunately not head-to-head. On the street run, the Tesla manages a 0-60 mph time of 2.28 seconds, a 60-ft time of 1.56 seconds, a 1,000-ft time of 7.82 seconds at 139 mph, and a quarter-mile time of 9.3 seconds at 152 mph.
The Porsche manages a 0-60 mph time of 2.74 seconds, a 60-ft time of 1.59 seconds, a 1000-ft time of 8.66 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 10.39 seconds. On the prepped road surface, the Porsche only manages a time of 10.41 seconds, while the Tesla manages a 9.23. There's no telling if these were the same cars or the same drivers, so take the results with a pinch of salt.
While the Tesla beats the Porsche across the board, it's super close. But where it matters: build quality, interior toys and driving dynamics, the Porsche wins hands down.