It's the EV battle we've all been waiting for.
The EV wars have intensified recently, as the Porsche Taycan has arrived to take on the Tesla Model S. Both cars went to war at the Nurburgring, and now Top Gear has pitted the electric sedans against each other in a series of head to head tests, starting with a quarter-mile drag race between the Tesla Model S Performance and the Porsche Taycan. This is the EV battle we've all been waiting for.
On paper, the cars seem evenly matched. Both come powered by two electric motors, one on each axle, to deliver all-wheel drive. The Porsche Taycan weighs more than the Tesla but has more torque, while the Model S Performance has more power and a quicker 0-60 mph time.
The Taycan, on the other hand, is faster from 0-100 mph. Both cars had over 85 percent charge in the drag race. Initially, the Tesla Model S gets the head start, but the Taycan soon catches up and takes the lead.
During the eerily-quiet quarter-mile run, the Taycan Turbo S hit 0-60 mph in 2.61 seconds, while the Tesla Model S achieved the same sprint in 2.68, which is surprising considering the Taycan is heavier. 0-100 mph in the Taycan took 6.12 seconds and 6.46 seconds in the Model S. The Taycan did the quarter-mile in 10.69 seconds at 131.6 mph, whereas the Model S did it in 11.08 seconds at 124 mph. It was a close race, but the Taycan has dethroned the Model S as the electric drag racing king.
As Top Gear points out, however, comparing the Taycan and Model S is pointless. Both cars compete in the same segment but are aimed at different consumers. For a start, the Taycan Turbo S costs around $85,000 more than the Model S Performance. And while the Taycan won the drag race, the Model S beats it in other areas.
Despite being six years old, the Model S still offers the best range, capable of driving 367 miles on a single charge, whereas the Taycan has a 256-mile range. The Model S also has a more spacious cabin and Tesla offers a wider charging network than Porsche. However, for driving pleasure, the sportier Taycan is the winner as Porsche's goal was to make it handle like a 911 - and it appears as if it succeeded.