Porsche Taycan Turbo S vs. Tesla Model S P100D drag race and handling test.

Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S compete in a drag race and handling test

The first Porsche Taycan drag race has been recorded and with non-other than its main arch-rival — the Tesla Model S, German TV channel VOX runs a car enthusiast program named ‘Auto Mobil’, the recent episode that aired on this Sunday, featured the drag race and a handling test comparison of both cars.

Top of the line variants for both electric cars were used for the drag race and handling tests, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S vs. Tesla Model S P100D with launch control and Ludicrous Mode respectively.

Before we jump to the video, here’s a brief performance specs comparison table between the Taycan Turbo S and Model S P100D that gives us a glimpse of how both these rivals stand against each other on paper.

Tesla Model S P100D vs. Porsche Taycan Turbo S Performanc Specs Summary

OptionsTesla Model S P100DPorsche Taycan Turbo S
Battery-Pack100 kWh Performance Version93.4 kWh
DrivetrainDual Motor Performance AWDDual Motor, All Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)2.5 sec with Ludicrous Mode2.6 sec with launch control
Top speed155 mph (250 km/h) Software limited161 mph (259 km/h)
Wheels/Tires21" Sonic Carbon Twin Turbine Wheels ($4,500) with Goodyear tires21" Mission-E Design Wheels
BrakesTesla performance brakesPorsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB)
Launch controlLudicrous ModeLaunch Control
Horsepower588 hp616 hp, 750 hp with launch control
Curb weight4,960 lb (2,250 kg)5,121 lb (2,322 kg)
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Watch the full episode at VOX/TVNOW

That drag race was not very convincing but Porsche Taycan surely wins in the handling department — on paper and in the real world Model S P100D is still the quickest production car in a straight line, the Model S loss needs to be credited to the driver here.

Looks like Porsche Taycan caught up later on in the drag race and left the Model S behind, but the driver factor is there, a very old man was put into a Ludicrous Mode Tesla, it is not clear if he was able to fully utilize the car’s performance in this race.

Porsche Taycan holds a long legacy of being a driver-centric car in its DNA, undoubtedly the German automaker’s vast experience creating ultimate driving machines gives them an edge on the race track, besides being heavier than a Tesla Model S P100D, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S has more nimble and precise handling.

Perhaps Tesla was aware that they are now facing a tough rival, therefore they come up with a Tri-Motor Tesla Model S (currently two prototypes being tested at the Nürburgring race track) — which is capable of an even quicker launch and 0-60 mph time, faster than the Ludicrous speed, ‘Plaid’.

It is just the start of the Model S Performance vs. Taycan Turbo and Turbo S racing videos, as soon as the Taycan sales go up we will witness more interesting events and races being held by the Tesla and Porsche communities, stay tuned.

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Iqtidar Ali
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Iqtidar Ali reports on the latest happenings at Tesla and Electric Vehicle forefront. With over 1 decade of experience in website development, he's our IT resource as well.

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