The German carmaker Volkswagen’s Porsche lineup needs no introduction. The company has produced several legendary cars, such as 911, Cayenne SUV, and 911 Spyder. The company is famous for its high-end luxurious supercars, which bears a price tag matching the revs of the engine of the car, i.e. super high price tags.
Porsche has now been planning to divert its track from the high-revving engines to silent electric motors and has been working on this for a very long time. The company showed a concept vehicle back in September 2015, powered by an 800-volt drive system, producing 600+ Horsepower at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The company called it the Mission E Concept then.
Last month, Porsche launched its first electric vehicle, the Porsche Taycan. Porsche took the covers of two versions of Taycan, the Taycan Turbo, and the Taycan Turbo S. Both the cars don’t have any real turbochargers in them, but Porsche kept the names to maintain uniformity and the loyalists love are loving it, which is evident from the pre-bookings received for the EV.
In the same EV market, Tesla has been in the market for a long time and has been ruling the industry with no competitors. Tesla has a variety of electric vehicles and has a huge demand all over the world. The company has delivered around 95,200 vehicles in Q2 2019 (Report) and had a record production of 87,048 cars.
Tesla launched its flagship, the Model S, seven years back in June 2012. The car remains the most expensive Tesla someone can buy till now. Tesla’s design of the car hasn’t changed over the years, though the company has been providing over-the-air updates and has been continuously updating the car.
Porsche vs Tesla: EV spec war
Both cars are identical in size. The Taycan is 4.96×1.9×1.3 meter in size, while the Model S is 4.97×1.9×1.44 meter. The only aspect where the cars differ is the height. The wheelbase of both cars is almost equal at 2.9 meters, which makes them similar in dimensions.
The Taycan Turbo S produces about 751 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque with over-boost. This power can shoot the car from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds. The electric motors without the over-boost function produce about 617 horsepower and an unspecified amount of torque.
Tesla Model S Performance in Ludicrous Performance mode also produces such numbers with no issues. The car can produce approximately 762 horsepower and 723 pound-feet of torque, taking the car from 0-60mph in 2.4 seconds. Model S is quicker than the Taycan, but Porsche claims that the Model S can’t replicate these figures repeatedly, but Taycan can do so. That’s a claim to look for when the car rolls out from the production line.
Taycan Turbo S has a 93.4 kWh battery back, which can provide a range of 256 WLTP-estimated miles. On the other side, Model S Performance has a 100 kWh battery that offers a range of WLTP-estimated 365-miles. The Taycan falls short of approx 100 miles (160.93 km) in the range department.
The Taycan Turbo S and Model S Performance have two motors (one at the front one at the back) to push the cars. Both vehicles have an all-wheel drive, which makes them suitable for every condition.
Porsche Taycan has no real-world charge time data available yet, as the car is not out in the market. But Porsche claims the battery to have supercharging capabilities. The battery can charge from 5 to 80% in just 22.5 minutes with a 270kW DC supply. Porsche also promises that the Taycan will take 10.5 hours to charge from 0 to 100% if charged through a 9.6kW AC supply.
The charge time for Tesla is also not officially disclosed by the company. Tesla only provides a 120V charger with the car. But the vehicle can be supercharged at a maximum of 200kW through the Tesla Supercharger Network throughout the USA.
Since the car is out in the market for years, observational data suggest that the Model S in a real-world scenario can take around 10 hours to charge from 0 to 100 when plugged in a 240V wall outlet.
While almost every aspect of both the cars are identical, Porsche has used its performance DNA to provide some add-ons to the vehicle such as the rear-wheel steering, electronic limited-slip differential, ceramic composite brakes, and a trick two-speed transmission for the rear axle.
The Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S Performance are two of the most premium electric vehicles available right now in the market. Both of them provide an array of features and performance that no other EV can provide. The Tesla Model S has been in production for the last seven years and holds the market very well.
The Model S Long Range starts at $72,615 and the Performance variant at $92,615 and can be upgraded with several options. Taycan Turbo S has been recently launched and is up for pre-orders. The car starts at $150,900 for the Turbo and $185,000 for the Turbo S variant of the car.
Tesla Model S Performance is a lot cheaper than the Taycan and is meant for the masses. Porsche planned on limiting the production of Taycan to 20,000 units but has received orders of around 32,000 Taycan. Although it comes with a premium price tag, the new Porsche EV seems to have hit the ground running. Customers are attracted to Porsche’s brand name and the company’s ability to deliver track performance in a road-legal car.
The EV market is increasing with every passing day, and it is suitable for customers as more new cars are launching. We will have to see how Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S do in the real world once they are out of the factory in early 2020.
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