Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Porsche 911 Carrera S drag race.

Watch the exciting Tesla Model 3 vs. Porsche 911 drag race

Porsche 911 from the internal combustion engine (ICE) world is one of the closest and worthy competitors against a Tesla Model 3 Performance when it comes to drag racing, although the Model 3 is more heavier and larger being a sedan vs. the 911 coupe, Model 3’s powertrain produces more power and torque as well.

Also the Tesla Model 3 Performance is 0.3 seconds quicker than the Porsche 911 Carrera S when it comes to 0-60 mph numbers, CarWow from UK just took both of these small sports cars to the drag strip for a real-world test against each other and filmed 4 attempts, one of them which was a rolling race at 50 mph.

Former Formula 1 World Champ Nico Rosberg took the Model 3 Performance against a 911 GT2 RS for a drag race in beautiful Monaco, and the result was surprising, same as this current race, the results are surprising for both Model 3 and 911 fans alike.

Before watching the race, let’s look at both cars how they compare in performance on the spec sheet (see table 1.1 below):

Table: 1.1 - Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Porsche 911 Carerra S performance numbers

Options / FeaturesTesla Model 3 PerformancePorsche 911 Carrera S
Starting price (MSRP)$56,990$113,300
DrivetrainAll Wheel Drive (AWD)Rear Wheel Drive
Power490 hp450 hp
Torque660 Nm (Instant)530 Nm
Curb Weight1,847 kg (4,702 lbs)1,590 kg (3,505 lbs)
0-60 mph3.2 secs3.5 secs (source: Porsche)
Top Speed162 mph (260 km/h)191 mph (308 km/h)
TransmissionSingle-speed8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung
CO 2 EmissionsZero205 g/km

Table: 1.2 - The Results

Attempt #Tesla Model 3 PerformancePorsche 911 Carrera SWon by (secs)
111.8 secs (winner)12.1 secs0.3 secs
211.8 secs11.5 secs (winner)0.3 secs
311.8 secs11.7 secs (winner)0.1 secs
4 50 mph Roll Start (winner)50 mph Roll StartN/A
Final Score:Tesla: 2 - Porsche: 2

In the 50 mph roll start race, Tesla Model 3 reached 110 mph fairly quickly while it took 130 mph speed for the Porsche 911 to catch Tesla — after losing in the first standing start 1/4 mile, the Porsche 911 Carrera S had to warm up the tires by delivering some donuts on the track and burning a bit of rubber, Model 3 being electric always was always first off-the-line.

It is interesting and amazing to see the performance consistency of the Tesla Model 3, in all three standing start quarter-mile drag races it crossed the finishing line in 11.8 secs, the Model 3 Performance variant unlike Model S and Model X does not need the Ludicrous Mode to be activated, it just goes full throttle every time the accelerator is floored.

Putting the Tesla Model 3 in track mode did not decrease the number of seconds it requires to complete the race in a straight line but it did deliver a quicker launch, track mode is better for races that require more traction and better handling like the Nürburgring race circuit which has several difficult turns and the famous corkscrew.

Overall the races were exciting and entertaining, tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Above: Tesla Model 3 Performance and Porsche 911 Carrera GT side-by-side (front and rear view) just before the drag race.

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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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