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Tesla Model S Performance vs Porsche Taycan Turbo S

August 24, 2020 by

We’ve raced a Tesla Model S against pretty much every petrol-powered high-performance car around, but now it goes up against its first all-electric foe – the new Porsche Taycan Turbo S.

Tap on the video to watch the race.

The Tesla Model S is the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s an unassuming practical electric family car that’s comfortable, quiet and packed with tech. Yet, numerous carwow drag races have proved that its as fast, if not faster, than stripped-out supercars from Lamborghini and McLaren.

However, unlike these petrol-powered performance cars, upgrading the Tesla Model S is a matter of a few software tweaks. So, what we have here is the very latest Model S Performance, complete with an upgraded front motor (pinched from the Model 3 Performance) and the latest launch control software.

Together, the Model S’ two motors produce a whopping 825hp and a tarmac-tearing 1,300Nm of torque. It’s no featherweight, however – the Model S weighs in at a hefty 2,241kg.

But the real heavyweight in this bout is the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, which tips the scales at a massive 2,295kg. The Porker, sorry, Porsche, doesn’t pack quite as big a punch as the Tesla, either – it produces 761hp and ‘just’ 1,050Nm of torque.

Both cars come with four-wheel drive, but the latest Model S gets Tesla’s latest ‘Cheetah Stance’ mode. This hunkers the car’s adjustable suspension down as low as possible to help it make blistering launches, so it should have the edge off the line.

Don’t discount the Porsche yet – the Taycan Turbo S is one of the few electric cars to come with a gearbox. Sure, it’s not some fancy eight-speed dual-clutch ‘box like you get in a 911 Turbo S, but the Taycan’s two gears help it make better use of its electric motors at high speeds.

So which of these two electric contenders will take top spot in our latest drag race? Watch the video to find out.