Tesla has dominated the high-performance segment of the electric vehicle market since the introduction of the Model S back in June 2012, primarily due to the lack of any competition.
However, Porsche’s entrance into the game with the Taycan means the performance of the Model S can now be compared to another EV instead of electric crossovers or internal combustion-powered vehicles.
For this comparison, we use the features and performance characteristics of the Tesla Model S Performance and the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. Both companies offer slightly less powerful versions in the Long Range and Turbo, respectively.
The Taycan boasts Porsche’s long-time reputation for building high-quality vehicles, and by design, its battery will last longer than Tesla’s power source. However, Tesla delivers better numbers at the cost of nearly $70,000 less than the Taycan, and it has been refined with over seven years of on-road experience.
Here are eighteen reasons why you should buy a Tesla over the Porsche Taycan.
18 Same Size, but Different Shapes
The external measurements of the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan are virtually identical. The Taycan measures 4.96 meters in length while the Model S is about one centimeter longer. The width of both cars is 1.96 meters, but the Porsche rides lower by about 3-inches and has a shorter wheelbase.
The Model S has five doors, counting the hatchback, while the Taycan has only four.
17 Tesla Wins on Interior Dimensions
Despite the coupe-like roofline, the Taycan offers rear-seat passengers decent headroom. The Porsche features two luggage areas, 81 liters at the front, and 366 liters at the rear. However, the Model S has much more cargo capacity. With the rear seats up, it has more than double the volume at 26.3 cubic feet.
16 Tesla has a Slippery Surface
The drag coefficient is an essential number for traditional internal combustion-powered vehicles because it impacts fuel efficiency. A car that has more resistance to being pushed through the air will consume more fuel. In the case of electric vehicles, a smooth surface ultimately reduces the electrical energy required and impacts the frequency of recharge.
The Model S has a lower drag coefficient of 0.23 against the 0.25 of the Taycan Turbo S.
15 The Tesla is Faster than the Porsche
Tesla and Porsche both use dual motors (front and back), which gives each vehicle an all-wheel drive.
The Taycan Turbo S with short period boosts produces about 751 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque. It accelerates to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, on its way to a top speed of about 160 mph.
The Model S Performance produces approximately 762 horsepower and 723 pound-feet of torque. The Tesla outperforms the Porsche with a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.4 seconds and a top speed of 163 mph.
Note: Recent tests show the Taycan faster, but both times are very close.
14 Two-Speed Transmission vs. One-Speed
For an electric vehicle, a multi-speed transmission is unnecessary because even 100 Nm is enough torque at cruising speed.
The Tesla Model S has a single-speed transmission (like every other production EV), while the Porsche Taycan has a two-speed gearbox. Stephan Demmerer, of ZF’s E-Mobility engineering division, claims the two-speed setup can either improve an EV’s range by 5 percent or push its top speed beyond the typical cap.
Long term testing of the Taycan will verify the claims, but for now, the Tesla transmission is just fine.
13 Electronic Controls on the Model S to Assist Drivers
The Tesla Model S Performance includes electronic controls to assist the driver. One example is the “Launch Mode” designed to assist drivers when accelerating from a standstill on surfaces with good traction.
However, Tesla states: “…using Launch Mode places an increased stress on the entire powertrain accelerating aging and fatigue of various components. Depending on how Launch Mode is used, the computer may eventually limit the available power during launch mode to protect the powertrain.”
The Porsche was designed to permit more aggressive driving without intrusive electronic controls that limit performance.
12 Battery Pack Charging Time
Both the Model S and the Taycan use lithium-ion packs mounted under the floor. The Taycan has a 93-kWh pack, while the Tesla uses a 100-kWh battery pack. Porsche claims their batteries, under ideal charging conditions, can go from a 5 percent to an 80 percent charge in 22.5 minutes. Tesla says on the new V3 Supercharger stations, the time to charge to 80 percent is also about 20 minutes.
11 Tesla Model S Has Superior Range
The Taycan range figures have yet to be released for stringent U.S. EPA standards. However, the European ratings using the WLTP standard have been announced. Porsche claims the Taycan Turbo S has a range of 256 WLTP-estimated miles.
Tesla’s WLTP-estimated 365-mile range for the Model S Performance is 100 miles more than the Taycan.
10 Model S 17” Screen vs. Taycan Dual-Display
Tesla was the first company to unveil a massive 17-inch portrait-style infotainment touchscreen and a 12-ish-inch screen that replaces the gauge cluster.
The Taycan comes with a dual dashboard display: a 10.9-inch central display and an 8.4-inch display (optional) in front of the passenger.
The Tesla offers remote updates for engine management, driving aids, battery, and security systems, while Porsche can only upgrade online (over-the-air) at the infotainment level.
9 Tesla Offers Over-The-Air (OTA) Upgrades
Current Tesla Model vehicles are physically very similar to those that were manufactured when it was introduced seven years ago. However, the driving experience has improved with over-the-air (OTA) software updates. A software upgrade in July of this year (which takes about 45 minutes), made some critical improvements to existing safety, security, and entertainment features.
Porsche claims OTA updates will be offered on the Taycan sometime in the future.
8 Tesla Offers a Supercharger Network
Recharging while traveling away from home is an essential part of the e-mobility equation. Tesla excels with its Supercharger Network, one of the most pervasive fast-charge ecosystems on earth. A navigation app detects when a Tesla battery runs low and redirects the car to the nearest station for a quick refill.
7 Tesla’s Autopilot
Tesla Autopilot is an advanced driver-assistance system feature that controls steering, braking, and acceleration (some driver supervision required). The system has lane centering, automatic self-lane changing, adaptive cruise control, and the ability to summon the car to and from a parking spot or garage. Tesla will offer a full self-driving (FSD) upgrade in the future.
Porsche doesn't have a semi-autonomous driver-assistance system.
6 Tesla Model S Costs Less to Maintain
Tesla operates 330 stores and service locations in more than 25 U.S. states. They have dealerships in over 25 other countries. Porsche has more than 190 U.S. dealerships with service centers.
While Porsche has not released the Maintenance costs for the Taycan, no doubt they will exceed those of the Tesla. The Taycan costs nearly $70,000 more than the model S, so it is understandable if the maintenance is also higher.
5 Tesla has a Superior Warranty
A warranty might be more important for an EV than a traditional internal combustion vehicle because the technology is new, and issues will surely arise during the first few years in operation.
The Tesla New Vehicle Limited Warranty includes a four-year or 50,000-mile comprehensive warranty for coverage, and an eight-year or unlimited mile Drive Unit and Battery limited warranty.
The Taycan, on the other hand, has a three-year warranty with a separate eight-year warranty for the battery.
4 Tesla Model S is Less Expensive
The starting price for the Porsche Taycan Turbo S is $187,610, and with just a few pricey options, the total will skyrocket above $200,000 quickly.
The Tesla Model S Performance even when the 21 "wheels and the autonomous driving at maximum potential are added goes for about $133,00.
The $70,000 difference makes the decision a bit easier for some, while die-hard Porsche enthusiasts would probably choose the Taycan even if the cost difference were $170,000.
3 Tesla Model S Has 7 Years of Refinement
Consumer Reports says, “To really put an automobile through its paces, you have to cover a lot of ground… we push the cars and trucks we test to their limits to get all the information and insights you need to make a smart auto purchase.”
Testing is crucial, but experience in the hands of owners gives car manufacturers the information needed to refine their vehicles.
Tesla has had seven years to refine its machine, while Porsche has less than one year of experience with the Taycan.
2 Upgrade Options: Tesla vs Porsche
Tesla offers the “Ludicrous” package on the Model S Performance, which enables the 2.4-second 0-60 mph acceleration. The upgrade will become a standard feature on the Performance models.
Porsche offers a long list of options at prohibitive prices, including the fixed panoramic roof and mobile charger connect for $2,610, and a $560 leather wallet for the owner’s manual.
It’s hard to measure prestige and status, but both vehicles have them, just in different ways. The Porsche brand has always been awe-inspiring and the object of envy for any sports car enthusiast who can’t afford to purchase a new model.
The Tesla, on the other hand, represents the advent of new technology, spearheading a change in the automobile industry like no other in its history.
While both EVs are excellent, the Tesla has to be the favorite for owners wanting to demonstrate their desire to join the new order of automobiles.
Sources: insideevs.com, forbes.com, carmagazine.co.uk, jalopnik.com