Porsche Taycan vs. Tesla Model 3 comparison

Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S, spec for spec comparison

Porsche Taycan has taken the internet by storm since its world debut earlier this week, even Elon Musk felt the urge to throw a couple of tweets at it, yes the Taycan is the hot topic in the car universe right now, but the rivals it is facing are fierce, like the Model S P100D and everyone’s favorite Tesla Model 3 Performance.

The top measures of an electric car’s worth is how much range it can give you on a max charge, how quickly it can be charged and the abundance of the charging network — but Porsche USA website has totally gotten rid of any mention on their Taycan home page of the word ‘range‘, strange!

The range numbers mentioned in the following comparison table are taken from the presentation at the unveiling event, which is based on the WLTP standard i.e. infamous for reporting more range than expected in the real-world experience.

Although price-wise Model 3 vs. Taycan is no comparison as the ratio is around 2.5:1, it is interesting to know how much value for money a Tesla Model 3 is providing with some comparable features and performance numbers.

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Jump to: Exterior Dimensions and Weight | Battery, Charging and Range | Drivetrain and Suspension | Performance

 Tesla Model 3 Performance thumbnail image in redPorsche Taycan Turbo thumbnail image in bluePorsche Taycan Turbo S thumbnail image in white

Exterior Dimensions & Weight

OptionsTesla Model 3 PerformancePorsche Taycan TurboPorsche Taycan Turbo S
Length184.8" (4,694 mm)195.4" (4,963 mm)
Width82.2" (2,088 mm)84.4" (2,144 mm)
Width (Mirrors folded)76.1" (1,933 mm)77.4" (1,966 mm)
Height56.8" (1,443 mm)54.4" (1,382 mm)
Wheelbase113.2" (2,875 mm)114.2" (2,901 mm)
Wheel size and design20" V-Sport Performance Wheels20" Taycan Turbo Aero Wheels21" Mission-E Design Wheels
Curb weight3,814 lbs (1,444 kg)5,132 lbs (2,327 kg)5,121 (2,322 kg)

Battery, Charging, and Range

OptionsTesla Model 3 PerformancePorsche Taycan TurboPorsche Taycan Turbo S
Cell TypeLiquid-cooled lithium ion cellsLithium ion pouch configuration
Battery Pack74 kWh93.4 kWh
Pack Configuration4 modules/96 bricks/23 or 25 cells in each brick/4,196 total cells (2170 form factor)*12 cells per module / 33 modules/396 total cells (198s2p)
Pack Weight1,054 lbs (478 kg)1,389 lbs (634 kg)
5 min Charging 75 miles (120 km) @ 250 kW / V3 Superchargers 62 miles (100 km) @ 270 kW max
Miles of range gain per kWh**3.02.1
Range310 miles (499 km) EPA279 miles (450 km) WLTP256 mi (411 km) WLTP
* Further Study: Tesla Model 3 battery pack disintegration and observations. **Further Study: CleanTechnica

Drivetrain and Suspension

OptionsTesla Model 3 PerformancePorsche Taycan TurboPorsche Taycan Turbo S
DrivetrainDual-Motor All-Wheel-DriveDual-Motor All-Wheel-Drive
Motor type, front and rearFront: AC induction, Rear: switched reluctance, partial permanent magnet — both with silicon carbide inverters (source)Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PSM)
TransmissionSingle Speed Clutchless 10:1Reduction GearSingle-speed front / Two-speed dog-ring rear
Front axleDouble wishbone, virtual steer axis front suspension with coil over twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer barIndependent multi-link rear suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
Rear axleIndependent multi-link rear suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer barAluminum multi-link axle with subframe, PASM with adaptive air suspension
Suspension extrasLowered suspension as compared to non-performance variantsN/A


OptionsTesla Model 3 PerformancePorsche Taycan TurboPorsche Taycan Turbo S
Acceleration 0-60 mph with Launch Control3.2 s3.02.6
Repeatable Launch ControlsYesYesYes
Top Track Speed162 mph (261 km/h) [watch]161 mph (259 km/h)161 mph (259 km/h)
Drag Coefficient0.23 Cd0.22 Cd0.25 Cd

Starting Price (MSRP/USD)

Tesla Model 3 PerformancePorsche Taycan TurboPorsche Taycan Turbo S
Ligthed 'T' for Tesla Model 3 by EVANNEX

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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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