Porsche Taycan Release
Tesla Model S Performance vs. Porsche Taycan: Electric Flattery
Tesla’s Model S has a rival in the 2020 Porsche Taycan, after 8 uncontested years.
We did not decide to put the competition under Tesla’s nose. The plan was simply to line up a Tesla Model S against a Porsche Taycan, the first Tesla’s real challenger, to see a new EV front runner. But suppose you want to experience the most powerful charger in the greater Los Angeles area. In that case, you will find yourself at SpaceX’s Hawthorne headquarters.
Tesla workers mobilized the Taycan. They were visibly impressed with the pre-production Porsche’s build quality and excited about a new EV competitor. Their open-mindedness level, which far exceeds what we expect from Tesla owners and fans, is undoubtedly one of Tesla’s strengths.
It is easy to forget how open-minded they were in creating the Model S launched in 2012. At that time, the prevailing approach to electric vehicles involved automakers taking one of their smaller and cheaper vehicles and filling it with a battery best for hundreds of miles of range. This minimal effort to meet zero-emission vehicles’ regulatory requirements resembled the child pouting at new rules with rare exceptions. However, those stubborn automakers were right about one thing: The winning formula was not an expensive economy car with pathetic range and a powerful battery that took up much of the cargo space.
The world wanted Tesla’s approach, summarized by the Model S, its first car built entirely in house. An attractive and expensive luxury car with a huge battery pack that allows an EPA range of 265-mile. At the time, this alone was enough to be outrageous.
But Tesla went further, rethinking the details big and small. Such as, Model S does not have an ignition switch; uses an automatic secondary latch for the front trunk, removing the usual fumbling for the release; uses motorized door handles that extend to greet the driver; and has a giant 17.0-inch center touch screen.
Porsche Taycan Horsepower
Tesla’s ability to update all of its software via wireless downloads is something that other automakers are still enviously racing to match, as is its Auto-pilot suite of driver-assist features, which came out several years later. Part of Tesla’s mystique has become continuous change, and the Model S has seen a lot. Its battery pack has grown by 15%, and it’s range even more, up to 373 miles EPA rated on the current Long-Range Model. The sprint to sixty miles per hour was almost halved, and rear-facing third-row seats have come and gone, as have many models with small battery packs. Meanwhile, the high-performance variant’s price began at $105,400, rose to $136,200, and has now back down to $101,190, which again includes free use of Tesla’s expensive Supercharger network.
Thanks to Model 3, which follows the Model S blueprint at a lower price, Tesla is about to sell its millionth vehicle despite producing only 4 models so far, none of which has a second-generation yet.
That brings us to the Porsche Taycan, clearly responding to the Model S and that car’s first real competitor. Molded into a similarly sized swoopy four-door, with a large battery and producing a combined 750-horsepower from its front and rear electric motors in the top Model, the Taycan impressed us at the start. Then the bad news began to trickle out: first, the absurdly high starting price of $ 186,350 for the Turbo S, followed shortly by the EPA’s absurdly low range figure of 192-miles.
But an EV cannot be judged by its range alone. Therefore, we took as inspiration a Taycan Turbo S, the latest Model S Performance, complete with Tesla’s Raven updates, launched in 2019.
Porsche Taycan Launch
Porsche Taycan Turbo S 2020
Highs: Arresting looks, time-warping acceleration, the range is not a problem.
Lows: Lack of storage and rear-seat space, total price.
Verdict: Porsche creates a Porsche of EVs, Porsche prices apply.
Getting in and out of Taycan’s low-mounted front seats and around the B-pillars’ thick base is moderately annoying. But once you’re there, the forward view is the perfect combination of retreating hood and bulging fenders. Thanks to the aggressive roofline, the rear-view is, well, but the external presence it allows is worth it.
Driving it furthers the sports-car feeling. It feels excellent, so approachable and reliable that you find yourself flirting comfortably with its too high limits on the first ramp. That is Porsche and significant praise for a car that weighs 5246 lbs. Part of the magic is in its superb directing, with a tight on-center valley followed by an accumulation of linear effort. And despite our car’s 21-inch tires, Porsche continues to impress with its unwavering commitment to the ride’s quality.
But these are all typical Porsche features, and to be honest, we fully expected the company to make it.
In a world of merging lanes, both cars are spectacular allies. They may quickly free up the space they occupied just a moment before.
Porsche Taycan Performance
But Taycan’s launch control hits harder than Model S, hitting us with 1.3 g’s of initial acceleration long enough to befog our noggin. Is this what it feels like to go through a time travel portal? After retrieving our portable radio, sunglasses, and notes from the back seat, we looked at the data: Sixty miles-per-hour in 2.4 secs and the quarter-mile in 10.5 at 130 miles-per-hour the latter includes a two-speed transmission gearbox. Unlike Tesla, Porsche will replicate the numbers again and again. Additionally, the Taycan’s relative silence and ease of enabling launch control mean it may be used almost everywhere at four stops. Streets of your neighborhood, in a parking garage without causing hysteria.
In our 75-mph range test, the Porsche held its own. While the EPA says that there is a 134-mile difference between the two, extrapolating our 100-mile run, the real-world difference is ten miles in Tesla’s favor.
The Taycan also won the second speed test, with its consistently higher charging rate providing faster recharging. Tesla’s Supercharger network may have more stations, but it also has more users, and Tesla owners have faced long queues of plugging in during peak travel times. At the Electrify America outpost, where we were charging the Porsche, 15 more plugs were not used all the time.
There was some disagreement over whether Taycan’s electric sci-fi soundtrack was suitable or not. Still, the amplified Star Wars Landspeeder-esque noises are based on reality, originating from the recordings of the Porsche’s electric motors on a dyno.
And what a vessel it is. Judged by the driver’s seat alone, the Taycan is the best car. It meets the high expectations of this well-known brand, demonstrates its range in the real world, and moves the EV bar on a couple of fronts. But the price is always a factor; in this case, an impossible one.
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Tesla Model S. 2020 performance
Highs: Wide and ride, super-fast, with just one pedal.
Lows: Dull handling; you can feel its weight and size.
Verdict: 8 years in, the Model S continues to impress.
“Tesla’s vision for the future in 2012 is still relevant today; it’s hugely impressive given the Model S’s advanced age. Of course, there are reminders that this car is from Tesla’s early days, like the window switches, shift lever, and turn-signal and cruise-control stalks. And 8 years later, the build quality is still tainted by egregious fit issues.
Nevertheless, the Model S continues to have significant looking for it. The interior continuously makes an impression, specifically along with the $2000 white leatherette inside our vehicle. And Tesla appropriately predicted or possibly caused-the change in cabin design in which infotainment monitors will come to specify advanced cars’ interiors. The Model S’s rear seat seems far greater than the Taycan’s, sitting 3 back there versus the Porsche’s 2. Taller side glass can make it feel airier inside, also, and its rear cargo region is two times that regarding the Porsche. Despite a larger battery pack and longer wheelbase, the Version S weighs about Two hundred and fifty pounds lower than the Taycan, which is probably one reason why the Tesla is noisier than the Porsche 70 mph.
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This latest Version S Performance is much more sophisticated and confidence-inspiring than ever before, thanks to the new air springs and adaptive dampers. The quality of ride has improved, and there is significant adjustability in between the 3 suspension modes. There is not a lot of steering feel, even though the turn-in using Tesla’s fairly giant steering wheel is significantly slower and much less crisp than the Porsche’s. Version S is much more proficient rather than fun, and the more difficult you push, the significantly less remarkable it becomes. The stability handle intervenes early; there’s no way to dial it back-and; the brake pedal proceeded to go soft during our recurring stops from Seventy and One hundred mph, creating warning information.
Tesla pipped Porsche within our rolling-start 5-to-60-mph test by a 10th of a second, but in every other test, the Version S turned out slightly slower. Accelerating to Sixty mph inside a monumentally quick 2.5 seconds, it lurked merely 0.1 seconds regarding the Taycan. But the gap increased to more than 3 seconds by A hundred and fifty mph. And for all the Version S’s fleetness conversation, it is unbelievably fussy about achieving its max-acceleration instances. It ought to be ultimately charged, and using the Ludicrous Plus mode needs preheating the battery for Forty-five minutes. After the primary hero run, Tesla’s times disappear swiftly, slowing to the stage that we were writing notes while waiting for the quarter-mile to reach.
The Version S performs exceptionally well inside the city, in which Tesla’s skillfully calibrated one-pedal procedure presents fluidity to stop-and-go driving. Porsche designed a mindful decision to forgo one-pedal driving, so we missed it each time we hopped into the Taycan, in which the most powerful coasting regen is slightly observable. You drive Porsche’s EV when you would like another automatic Porsche: along with 2 pedals. In contrast to those gas versions, although the Taycan’s brake pedal is touchy and nonlinear.
Tesla wins this one mostly in price; however, Version S’s virtues get up independently. A few worksheet fiddling suggests that the finishing order wouldn’t have modified experience; we pitted the Tesla contrary to the far slower $105,150 Taycan 4S. Given the Version S Performance arrives at an $85,160 discount to the Taycan Turbo S, there isn’t any doubt which is the more effective buy.