Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

Wait…an electric Porsche? Seriously?

Yes, seriously. The Porsche Taycan has been in development for some time, and this electric supercar is expected to hit the market (with a big backlog of pre-orders) in late 2019.

If there’s one automobile that’d be an obvious competitor to the Taycan, it’d be the Tesla Model S. Let’s run through some features and specs for these two cars:

Variants: Currently, there’s only one all-new Taycan model with future models planned for 2022. The Tesla Model S variants currently are 75D, 100D and P100D. Both cars are only available as 4-door sedans, although it’s rumored that the electric Porsche will be available in a wagon-style crossover variant at some point down the line.

Drivetrain: The Porsche Taycan uses 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.

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.

Acceleration and top speed: The Porsche will get you to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds, and can hit 100 mph in less than 12 seconds. The P100D variant of the Tesla, on the other hand, can run 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. Both electric sports cars are software-limited for a top end of 155 mph.

Autonomy: The electric Porsche will have some autonomous features, but they’re mainly designed as safety measures rather than a full self-driving capability. The Tesla’s self-driving package will be available for an extra $3-5k, while Tesla v9.0 software will have elements of full autonomy. The company’s v10.0 software is expected to have Level 5 autonomy.

Pricing: The Porsche will come in at a sticker price of under $75k to start, while the Tesla’s list price will be in the neighborhood of $66k to $120k.

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All in all, it’s a pretty impressive set of features for both of these electric sports cars. But when you’re thinking about a head-to-head comparison, keep this in mind too:

  • The electric Porsche has a 60 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

  • 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.

  • Braking with the electric Porsche is split between retarding the motor and actually activating the brakes, with most braking force coming from the motor. This means a leg up in efficiency compared to the competition.

Couple all these bleeding-edge design features with the sleek, low-slung, sexy look of the Taycan (and of course the cachet that goes along with the Porsche nameplate) and you’ve got a pretty tempting package. Is it late 2019 yet?

 

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