Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

Explore the all-new 2021 Porsche Taycan, see how the latest Porsche Taycan stacks up against the latest Tesla Model S in performance, drivability, style, charging, and more. Starting with its less expensive $82,700 starting price, compared to the new 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid’s $129,990 price. At that price point, you're getting the same level of amenities, personalization options, or unmistakable looks that the new 2021 Porsche Taycan offers.

Why fit in when you can stand out with the luxurious and class-defining new Porsche Taycan. Electric sports sedans don’t have to all feature the same bland looks and underwhelming sterile interior. Make an entrance and enjoy the handles you know and love in the all-new 2021 Porsche Taycan.

What is new in the 2021 Porsche Taycan?

The new 2021 Porsche Taycan features an array of newly available features and a new base trim at a lower starting price. New available features include a head-up display and automatic height-adjusting suspension. The latest Taycan also now offers purchasable over-the-air updates to keep you up-to-date on all the latest features and upgrades.

Porsche Taycan Highlights

  • Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors with an 800-volt architecture and standard 255-mile driving range.
  • Powerful 402 horsepower and instant 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
  • Convenient automatic extending door handles, an expansive Panoramic fixed glass roof, and a 16.8-inch curved display.
  • Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System and an easy-access 8.4-inch center console control panel.
  • Smartphone compartment with inductive charging and Apple CarPlay® capability.
  • New Lane Change Assist, adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, and more.

Porsche Taycan Performance Comparison

Unlike the new Tesla Model S, the all-new 2021 Porsche Taycan offers a wide range of trim levels and stylings to choose from. Starting with the base Taycan models with an $82,700 price tag. This model offers a 225 miles driving range, 0 - 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, and features 402 hp/300 kW. The fully loaded and specced out Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo model is also available and starts at $187,600. At this price tag, you’ll enjoy 750 hp/560 kW, 774 lb-ft of torque, and an unreal 0 - 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds.

As for the drivetrain differences, the new 2021 Porsche Taycan utilizes a Permanently Excited Synchronous Motors, with rectangular rather than circular coils on the motors. This means wires can be packed more tightly into the coils, yielding more power and torque with the same dimensions of coils. The Tesla Model S’s motors are a three-phase, four-pole AC induction design with copper rotors. Additionally, 2021 Porsche Taycan performance highlights include:

  • Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors.
  • Porsche Recuperation Management.
  • Taycan Turbo S with up to 560kW (750 HP) Overboost Power with Launch Control from 0–60 mph in 2.6 seconds. Nearing Tesla's 2.5 seconds.
  • Braking with the electric Porsche is split between retarding the motor and actually activating the brakes, with the most braking force coming from the motor. This means a leg up in efficiency compared to the competition.
  • The electric Porsche has a 670 horsepower motor; owing to the placement of its battery pack, it has a lower center of gravity than the current top of the pack from Porsche, the 911 GT3.

Porsche Taycan Battery and Range

Battery and range: The electric Porsche features an 800-volt battery pack with 4-volt cells, while the Tesla Model S uses 4.2-volt cells and a 75 kWh or 100 kWh microprocessor-controlled lithium-ion design. The Porsche Taycan’s range is right around 310 miles, while the Tesla Model S is good for 259 to 335 miles.

Charging: A quick charge with the electric Porsche will bring you up to 80% charge in 15 minutes. A full charge on the Tesla will take 7.75 to 9.5 hours at 220V. “Recharging at Electrify America's fast chargers doesn't let you doze or settle into a book like the old days—the Turbo S added 100 miles in 17 minutes at a 150-kW unit (seeing a peak of 138) and 11 minutes at a super-powerful 350-kW charger (peaking at 261 kW). Waiting for 150 miles needed 28 and 20 minutes, respectively.” - MOTORTREND

  • The Taycan uses an 800-volt system voltage instead of the usual 400 volts.
  • The Taycan Turbo and the Turbo S have battery packs with a total capacity of 93.4kWh.
  • The battery of the Taycan is integrated into the car’s cooling circuit via a line system and a coolant pump that allows it to operate in an ideal temperature window.
  • Being able to get an 80% charge in 15 minutes is a huge plus for the Porsche Taycan. That’s compared to a half-hour (on a supercharger charging station) for the Tesla to reach the same level of charge, and 45 minutes for the newest Jaguar all-electric SUV.

Porsche Taycan Design

The new 2021 Porsche Taycan offers over a dozen different exterior paint color options compared to the new Tesla’s five. That pattern continues inside with the Porsche offering over a doven interior color options as opposed to the Tesla lackluster three options.

The new Porsche Taycan comes equipped with new Four-point LED headlights, the new Tesla Model S hasn’t seen too many noticeable exterior updates since its initial release. As for the inside, the new 2021 Porsche Taycan boasts an impressive panoramic fixed glass roof, a 16.8-inch curved display, and a Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System. A more luminous and refined interior than what you’ll find inside the latest Tesla Model S

The new Porsche Taycan also features an 8.4-inch center console control panel, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, and a smartphone compartment with inductive charging and Apple CarPlay® capability.

Visit Porsche Exchange in Highland Park, IL for a Test Drive

We know you’ve been dreaming of owning one, you’ve done your research, now you just need that little nudge to help inform and inspire your decision. So come in today to Porsche Exchange in Highland Park for your test drive! See for yourself how the Porsche Taycan stacks up against the competition.

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