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In one sense, it’s Porsche’s past taking on its future, because the traditional 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine in the 911 uses good old unleaded, whereas the electric motors in the Taycan are powered by the very latest battery technology.
One look at the power and torque figures for each car would have you thinking that the Taycan is going to walk it. After all, it puts out no less than 761bhp and 1,050Nm of torque, which makes the 911’s 650hp and 800Nm look a bit, well, insipid. And electric cars are known for being incredibly quick off the line. However, the 911 only needs to get 1,650kg up and running, whereas the Taycan’s power unit needs to hustle 2,300kg off the line.
Both cars are four-wheel drive, so neither has an advantage in traction, but the Taycan has the advantage of instant responses from its drivetrain, while the 911 has a PDK gearbox that can’t help but take a fraction longer to choose the right gear. And in this game, fractions count.
To make things fair and comprehensive, we’ve raced both cars off the line, then seen how they compare from a rolling start, and to cap it off we’ve tested just how quickly they can stop; surely the Taycan’s extra lard is going to hinder its stopping ability? Well, so you’d think…
So are the good old days still good, or has the future left them behind? Find out in the video.