In the world of electric luxury sedans, the Porsche Taycan is the first serious response to the Tesla Model S. In a recent comparison match, the team from the Car guide praised the Taycan for its roadworthiness and flawless handling. But what about the technical data?
To help you see more clearly, we have analyzed the specifications of these two models. Here is what came out.
Autonomy: Tesla Model S advantage
Autonomy remains a very important factor for many buyers interested in making the jump to an electric model.
Here, the Model S wins very easily. The Porsche Taycan only reaches the 300 km threshold. Its base variant (4S) allows it to cover approximately 323 kilometers on a single charge, while the Turbo and Turbo S versions can cover approximately 320 km and 300 km, respectively, before the batteries run flat.
At Tesla, we double the stake. The Long Autonomy version covers 663 kilometers on a single charge. Recently unveiled, the new Plaid version covers 638 km and the Plaid + could increase the situation to 837 km according to the manufacturer.
Even considering that Porsche’s numbers are conservative and Tesla’s are a little too optimistic, the California automaker wins hands down.
Performance: Tesla Model S advantage
In this regard, all the options make it particularly complex. First, at Tesla, we offer two main versions. The first, the Long Autonomy, provides 670 horsepower and achieves the 0-100 km / h sprint in 3.2 seconds according to the manufacturer. The new Plaid variant releases 1,020 horsepower and we will be entitled to more than 1,100 horsepower with the Plaid +. The stopwatch from 0 to 100 km / h then drops to approximately 2.1 seconds.
At Porsche, the Taycan is available in three distinct versions. The entry-level version, the 4S, comes with the choice of a basic battery (Performance) and a more powerful (Performance Plus). The Turbo and Turbo S follow in the more efficient versions. Each grind has a cavalry that increases thanks to the function launch control (gun start).
- 4S : (Performance) 429 hp, (Performance Plus) 482 hp. Launch control : 522 hp and 562 hp respectively. 0-100 km / h in 4.0 seconds;
- Turbo: 616 hp and 670 hp in launch control. 0-100 km / h in 3.2 seconds;
- Turbo S: 616 hp and 750 hp in launch control. 0-100 km / h in 2.8 seconds.
True to form, Tesla does not follow industry rules. In fact, the infotainment system, placed on a 17-inch screen, does not offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Rather, it incorporates its own system. In addition, the new Model S will now have a dashboard screen and even a rear screen for passengers.
Although this previous option is not available at Porsche, the manufacturer still offers a 10.9-inch screen, a 16.8-inch digital dashboard as well as a third screen placed on the center console which includes between other air conditioning controls. Only Apple CarPlay is available.
Naturally, both manufacturers offer a host of features, whether included or not, such as induction phone charging, multiple USB ports and Internet access.
In this regard, it is really a matter of personal preference and it is impossible to determine a winner.
Practical side: Tesla Model S advantage
With such large batteries, it is more difficult to generate cargo space for luggage as well as clearances to accommodate passengers. So, design becomes an essential element for these two aspects.
In this sense, the Tesla wins, in particular thanks to the roofline much less elusive than the Porsche. Consequently, the trunk volume of the Model S is significantly greater than 793 liters – against 407 liters for the Taycan – not to mention the compartment at the front of the vehicle and its 84 liters. Finally, the Model S can accommodate five passengers, unlike the Taycan which can only carry four.
Safety technologies: the Tesla Model S advantage
Since this is more and more the norm in the industry, Tesla and Porsche are offering a host of technological gadgets from the outset. The manufacturers offer essentially the same sets, such as emergency braking, collision warning, blind spot monitoring, parking assistance (automatic for Tesla).
To stand out, Tesla uses its Autopilot system, which allows you to navigate in semi-autonomous driving on the highway. The vehicle will speed up and slow down depending on the conditions, for example if the vehicle must pass. Naturally, Tesla recommends the driver to remain proactive in Autopilot mode.
Price: Tesla Model S Advantage
No matter which version you choose, the Tesla Model S is more affordable than the Porsche Taycan.
The entry-level Model S (Long Range) is available from $ 114,990. The Plaid and Plaid + versions cost $ 159,990 and $ 189,990.
At Porsche, the Taycan 4S can be ordered from $ 120,500. The Turbo raises the bill to $ 175,000 while the Turbo S goes up to $ 215,000.
Photo: Porsche AG
The basic and corrosion warranties are identical for both manufacturers. At first it is 4 years / 80,000 km and secondly over a period of 12 years with unlimited mileage.
Where the two products stand out is the difference in battery and paint protection. In this sense, Tesla offers a better warranty for its batteries. The two manufacturers give protection spanning eight years, but a maximum of 130,000 km at Porsche and 240,000 km at Tesla.
On the other hand, the German manufacturer has a 4 year / 80,000 km warranty on the paint, while Tesla does not offer one.