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Difference Between Tesla and Porsche

The 2021 Porsche Taycan is a direct threat to the Tesla Model S, expanding its gasoline-powered sports car line to the EV market. The Taycan is Porsche’s first entry into the growing electric vehicle segment and has successfully garnered attention from prospective buyers. Porsche is already a prominent name in the sports car market and Tesla is known for their high-speed, high-performance electric cars. For the purpose of this article, we will compare the Porsche Taycan Turbo S with the Tesla Model S on various fronts, such as performance, features, etc.

What is Tesla?

Tesla is the undisputed leader in the electric car industry with other recognized names starting to close the gap. At a time when a new breed of electric car startups was struggling, Tesla distinguished itself from the competition by targeting the high-stake EV market with an electric sports car – the Roadster. With the Roadster, Tesla disrupted the EV market and invented a successful business model to bring high-performance electric cars to the mainstream market. Elon Musk, the visionary leader and the CEO of Tesla Motors, once said that the company was on the brink of a collapse but now Tesla is one of the most valuable companies with a market cap of $1 trillion, a huge milestone for a company that was on the verge of bankruptcy.

What is Porsche?

Porsche owes its name to its founder Ferdinand Porsche, an Austrian automotive engineer who created the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle. He was also known for lending his talents to create some memorable cars like the popular Volkswagen Beetle. Porsche initially started as an engineering consulting firm but over time and following in its rich heritage, became one the global leaders in high-class and high-performance sports car industry. The company is now owned by Volkswagen AG. Porsche is a German automotive giant specializing in high-speed sports cars, sedans, and SUVs. With the new sedan model Taycan, Porsche enters the high-stake EV market. The current lineup includes the Taycan, Cayman, Macan, Panamera, and the Cayenne.

Difference between Tesla and Porsche (Tesla Model S vs. Porsche Taycan Turbo S)

Engine/Transmission 

– Both the models deliver a supercar-like experience complemented by exceptional performance and responsive handling. The Taycan features dual electric motors which boost power from an already powerful 616 hp to 761 hp, while twist measures 774 lb-ft of torque. The Tesla Model S Plaid, on the other hand, boasts a tri-motor engine with torque vectoring that maintains a peak power of 1,020 hp all the way up to the top speed.

Speed/Performance

 – The Model S plaid is Tesla’s highest-performing sedan and one of its fastest electric cars. It can zip from 0 to 60 mph in under 2 seconds, which is insane for an electric car, and reach a top speed of 200 mph. It is Tesla’s fastest-accelerating production car you can buy. The Taycan Turbo S generally tops out at a speed 162 mph, and takes you from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds.

Battery/Range

 – The Model S combines the electric powertrain and battery technologies for unrivaled performance. The updated battery architecture houses a 100 kWh which is capable of covering a 348-mile range on a single charge, according to the EPA combined range rating. The two-tier Performance Battery Plus in the Porsche Taycan Turbo S that allows a peak charging rate of 270 kilowatts. The battery capacity is 93.4 kWh which helps it 200 miles on a single charge.

Seating/Interior

 – The Model S is built with a best-in-class storage, an expansive 17-inch infotainment screen, and a seating for up to five adults. The front seats are fairly supportive and very comfortable and there’s a plenty of headroom for both the driver and the passengers. It has about 58 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. The Taycan Turbo S has a very limited boot space and the storage space in the cabin is not spacious enough; it provides limited space for short trips.

Tesla Model S vs. Porsche Taycan Turbo S: Comparison Chart

Summary

Both the Model S and the Taycan Turbo S are exceptional, high-performance sedans, when it comes to luxury-class electric cars. Simply looking at the numbers, the Model S crushes the Taycan marginally. In fact, the Model S goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, much faster than a Taycan that goes from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds. For an electric car, the Tesla Model S is insanely fast and on top of that, the 100 kWh battery makes it achieve a 390-mile range on a single charge. The Taycan Turbo S can achieve a 278-mile range with Performance Battery Plus.

Is Tesla better than Porsche?

Both Tesla and Porsche are known for their high-speed, high-performing luxury cars. However, Tesla is a global leader of the EV market and Porsche, among other players, just entered the EV segment. But the Porsche Taycan EV is a worthy contender in the EV race.

What is faster a Porsche or a Tesla?

Both are among the quickest cars on the road. They are both faster, but the Tesla beats Porsche in the acceleration challenge. The Tesla Model S zips from 0 to 60 mps in just 1.9 seconds, faster than any production electric vehicle out there.

How much is a Tesla Porsche?

The Tesla Model S Plaid Plus starts at $139,990 MSRP and the Porsche Taycan Turbo S starts at $185,000 MSRP.

Do Tesla chargers work on Porsche?

Porsche cannot use Tesla chargers because Tesla uses a proprietary connector that is very different from what every other EV maker uses in its vehicles.


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