Porsche Taycan Turbo S vs. Tesla Model S Performance: Which is the drag-strip king?
Two electric titans take it to the quarter-mile
Top Gear brought the two EV titans together. The Taycan Turbo S is the fastest of the new breed from Stuttgart, coming in with 750 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque. The Porsche weighs a porky 5,225 pounds. The Tesla, in max speed form, brings 754 hp but just 687 lb-ft of twist. It weighs a bit less, at 4,940 pounds, but with less torque, the race could go either way. Let’s watch.
So, not a demonstrative win, but a win nonetheless. We all know what Dom said in “The Fast and the Furious.”
“You almost had me!? You never had me.”
The Taycan Turbo S gets to 60 in a jaw-dropping 2.61 seconds and 100 mph passes in 6.12 seconds. A quarter-mile goes by in 10.69 seconds at 131.6 mph — which, by the way, is faster than the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 I just drove. For Tesla’s part, it did the quick sprint in 2.68 seconds, the big sprint in 6.46 seconds and the quarter in 11.08 @ 124 mph. Both are stupid fast, but there is a clear winner.
After the race, Top Gear goes on to road-test the cars, noting Tesla’s better network of chargers, bigger battery and longer range. The last test is Vmax, or top speed on the autobahn. The Taycan is limited to 161 mph or 259 kmh. It actually hits 268 kmh, which converts back to 166 mph. The Tesla tops out at 155 mph. TG also does a little math to figure out how far each car could go at top speed.
Both cars are crazy fast with zero tailpipe emissions. And there’s certainly fun to be had in both. If you want range and charging, get the Tesla; if you want drag-race speed, get the Taycan. Turbo. S.