Porsche Taycan Vs. Tesla Model S: Which Is The Ultimate Electric Sports Sedan?

The Tesla Model S has been in production since 2012, if you can believe it. So by the time Mercedes, BMW and Audi launch their own takes on what a fully-electric premium 4-door GT should be, we’ll be likely to have gone nearly a decade until the full establishment of this segment.

Thankfully, Porsche wasn’t willing to wait that long, giving the VW Group its first-ever (true)  warrior to pit against the Model S. Audi’s e-tron GT is of course on its way too, but not for another 12 months or so.

But we’re here to talk about the Taycan and how its flagship Turbo S variant compares to the very best Model S from Tesla, specifically the P100D Performance.

Pretty meets witty

Porsche had a massive advantage when designing the Taycan – the fact that they already knew everything there is to know about their competition. So while the Model S has been – and still is – a remarkably elegant four-door car (5-door, technically), the German automaker took things to another level, coming up with a design that’s clearly more futuristic, or at least more modern than the Tesla’s.

Of course, we’re not here to say that one is better-looking than the other, but looking at the two side by side…there’s very little doubt as to which one has already been with us for a longer period of time.

It’s also meaningful to say that the Taycan has a more sporty presence to it, thanks to that flat front end with the highly contoured wings, a staple of Porsche design. However, both models have thick, sculpted rear arches, so it’s not like the Model S’ stance is a lot less visually aggressive.

Hide your Ferrari

You’d be hard-pressed to find a supercar that’s as quick, let alone quicker off the line than any of these two fully-electric models. However, if you simply have to have the absolute fastest-accelerating family car in the world, the numbers say that the Tesla Model S P100D Performance is still the one to have, although the difference is negligible.

– Porsche Taycan Turbo S: 93.4 kWh, 616 HP (750 HP w/Overboost), 0-60 in 2.6 sec, range 256 miles (412 km)

– Tesla Model S P100D Performance: 100 kWh, 762 HP, 0-60 in 2.4 sec, range 345 miles (555 km)

We reckon than either of the two should completely satisfy your need for pulling power, but the fact that the Model S can cover more distance on a single charge cannot go unnoticed, even though a range of 256 miles (412 km) is nothing to laugh at.

Let’s be practical

The Porsche Taycan measures 4,963 mm (195.4 inches) in length, 1,966 mm (77.4 inches) in width / 2,144 mm (84.4 inches) with mirrors and has a 2,900 mm (114 inch) long wheelbase. The Model S is 4,980 mm (195.9 in) long, 1,964 mm (77.3 inches) wide and its wheelbase measures 2,960 mm (116.5 inches).

The Tesla also has more cargo space in the rear with 26.3 cu.ft (744 liters) versus the Porsche’s 12.9 cu.ft (365 liters). However, the latter features more cargo room in the front – 2.9 cu.ft (82 liters) versus 2.1 cu.ft (59 liters).

But the most compelling case in favor of the Tesla is undoubtedly the fact that it costs considerably less to purchase.

Also read: Elon Musk Is Sending A Tesla Model S To The Nurburgring – Should The Taycan Worry?

The Porsche Taycan Turbo has a base MSRP of $150,900 ($153,310 at market launch), while the Turbo S will set you back $185,000 ($187,610 at market launch). Yet, you could land a Model S P100D Performance right now for $99,990 if you wanted to. Add a couple of pricey options to the Taycan Turbo S and you could make an argument that it would cost twice as much as a flagship Model S, which is pretty unjustifiable for the sake of this comparison.

But Porsche is probably looking at this situation completely differently. Their Taycan is a Porsche first and foremost, not some rival to X, Y or Z. It’s also their first ever fully-electric model, and one that was built for sustainable performance, able to conduct lap after lap without overheating, which adds a lot of value to it.

What about quality and comfort?

We’ll definitely have to wait and see which of the two makes for a more comfortable cruiser or has better overall onboard tech. Porsche didn’t get into too much detail regarding everything you might find inside a Taycan, but we wouldn’t be surprised if overall quality is superior in the Porsche.

The latter’s dashboard is also more driver-focused than the Telsa’s, boasting a 16.8-inch curved gauge cluster display, a central 10.9-inch infotainment display, an optional passenger display and an 8.4-inch touchscreen with haptic feedback for the climate control, seat settings and so on.

Meanwhile, the Model S’ gauge cluster screen measures 12.3-inches, while the main display is a massive 17-inches and certainly needs no introduction.

Bottom line

Remember that Porsche straight up referred to the Taycan as an electric sports car, not a four-door GT or a family car or any other term that you might associate with a Tesla Model S, so at least in some ways, one could argue that this comparison may not be fair.

On the other hand, let’s not kid ourselves. There are way more similarities between them than there are differences, which means it’s Judgement Day for the Porsche Taycan. Do you think it’s worth all that extra money compared to the Model S?

  • ArchAngelImperial99

    Porsche, all Day.

  • filetx

    I want to remind Tesla as well as Porsche fans, that this is not a Tesla Killer, it’s an ICE killer. Apart from the spec sheet, the Tesla can’t compete in any way, however they both are drawing away buyers from ICE cars and not from each other

    • LJ

      The Tesla competes where it matters most: Price.

  • Six_Tymes

    Tesla, all Day. Not interested in Rimac.

    • Rahul Mandala

      By assuming Rimac, I’m guessing you’re talking about from who the Taycan gets the battery packs from. You do realize that Tesla sources its battery packs from Panasonic right? Majority of the effort of Electrification is to invest in your own battery tech, gigafactories, parts, Charging infrastructure, etc. for your EVs. It takes billions upon billions for all of that to happen. People source from others to help save big $$ on the costs in the process of Electrification.

  • TheAmerican2point0

    You guys forgot about a big thing. Weight. The Tesla weighs about 4800 pounds, where Im pretty sure the Porsche is close to 5200 pounds. Either way they are both fatty’s, but 400 pounds is a huge weight difference

    • mist

      Well, the Porsche is considerably more luxurious and refined.

    • Ben

      It’s going to boil down to tires. Also, VAG is used to making heavy things defy physics (Chiron and Continental GT)

  • Ben

    The Porsche. Stand out from the crowd and don’t look like a lemming. Tesla has done good work showing you can reliably use an electric vehicle day to day without needing 450mi of range. Porsche is cashing in on that work. Its what happens when you’re first, the late comers cash in on your good will and culture. Happens everyday in business.

    • krusshall

      The original Boxster was very much the value option for those who wanted a Porsche but couldn’t afford the real thing (911).

      • Ben

        I wouldn’t say “very much the value option”, but you are right that you got your money’s worth. But frankly, there was nobody challenging Porsche at that price point legitimately. It was, performance wise, in a league of its own due to scarcity.

  • B.Stokes

    I love the Porsche but it’s wayyyyyyy too expensive. The better quality, interior design, and sportiness isn’t worth the $80k+ markup especially with Tesla having superior range, charging network, and autonomous features.

    • Ben

      But Porsche and most other European brands have “markup” when positioned next to American vehicles. People still love to buy Mercedes, Audi and BMW when they could have had a Genesis or Lexus. As for the range, look who’s buying the vehicle, it won’t be used as an errand vehicle or taking the kids to soccer practice. How many Panamera’s do you see parked outside of Target, Costco or Krogers usually? Second vehicles are used usually.

      • B.Stokes

        I hear what your saying and I agree that Germans especially Porsche comes with a premium. I think it’s more the framing of this being the Tesla killer and being benchmarked agains the Tesla. Also knowing Porsche makes cars for “Everyday” people like the Macan, Cheyenne, and Panamera and this price range is GT3, GT3 RS territory.

        I know these are the top spec Taycan which is unusual for Porsche to release top spec first (probably paying off R&D debt), so I’m interested to see if the base/entry level Taycan can come close to the price range of a base spec Panamera or top spec Macan. I’ll be back on the Taycan fan club then.

        • Ben

          When I was in university, we had to determine how to slow the sales growth of a large competitor in a mock business challenge. The winning strategy was to not directly compete with a large company’s product. We defined profiles of product buyers, created a product that targeted a selected few needs of those buyers and won that overlap.

          Model S earners may earn $50k annually and while others may earn $1,750,000 annually. The Taycan is not directly a threat to Tesla’s “average” customer base, but its clipping into Tesla’s high-end customer base. In that customer base, the Porsche Taycan is arguably a “Tesla Killer”. You don’t have to compete with a product head on, just slightly.

      • benT

        Tesla S outsells Mercedes S Class in Germany.
        Tesla S outsells BMW 7-Series in Germany.
        Boy do they love medium Mercs & Beemers there ?
        HHMMMM, prolly not.

        • Ben

          I don’t understand how you statement pertains to my point, could you clarify?

  • designer_dick

    The Taycan’s booty makes the Model S’s look INCREDIBLY dated. Those big, thick rear lights look like something from the late ’90s in comparison.

    • Ben

      lol….you said “booty”.

      • designer_dick

        Booty Booty Booty!

        • Ben

          ROCKIN ERRWHERE, ROCKIN ERRWHERE!

    • Whoever

      Maybe it does. It’s also far less practical than the S — the S is a 5-door car, while the Taycan has an awkward and restricting trunk opening.

    • benT

      Telsa S has been around for 10 years now and, like the original Beetle VW, IT IS AGELESS.

  • Dredd2

    taycan of coruse. dont forget to mention that you can do drag pulls in a row, not as the teslas (to cut the perf. to avoid the overheat)

    • HD

      Model 3 Track Mode – please read about it.

      • Dredd2

        Where is the model 3 in this topic? i dont see any. We’re talking about model s versions. the low budget model 3 isnt the Taycan’s counterpart at tesla. Please read carefully

        • HD

          You mentioned “Teslas”. Tesla has the technology for driving on race tracks without overheating. There are tons of Youtube videos to prove this. Tesla 3 has the Track Mode, which the Model S will evidently inherit in the near future.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    tesla is surprisingly ages well

  • Nastinupe1911

    Just wait until the “regular” Taycan comes out. Porsche should have released the base Taycan first so people wouldn’t be so focused on the price difference.

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      but then they’d be even MORE focused on performance gap for similar money. Porsche will win the Porsche-files and the folks who think more expensive = better. The world will continue to rotate. All will be fine.

    • Ben

      In the automotive industry, you always release the halo vehicle first, then scale down. Model S then model 3.

      • Honda NSX-R

        That doesn’t seem to be the case. For example if the new 911 and Corvette were released that way we’d already see the 911 GT2 RS and the Corvette ZR-1

        • Scherpereel Clement

          It is for everyday car like hatchback and sedan. You always get the hot version after a few month (GTI, M-bmw and RS-audi…) even with ferraris or Bugattis

        • Ben

          I think you’re referring to a model’s trim. I referencing the model. However, there are always going to be outliers, but in general this is how its been done.

          • Honda NSX-R

            But aren’t the Turbo and Turbo S trim levels of the Taycan?

          • Ben

            Yes, but what I’m saying is we can see possibly even higher trim levels or a smaller Taycan like vehicle in the future. This is a new vehicle for Porsche and they are not strung by honoring this vehicle’s heritage. They could add as many trims as they wish, up or down.

    • europeon

      Porsche’s target customers don’t care about the price difference over a Tesla.
      If it was Audi that was launching an electric car, it would have been a wise choice to launch the cheaper, entry level car firs, but this is not Audi.

  • mist

    Taycan without contest.

    • benT

      d’rather a parakeet than a Toucan. – No offence meant to the birds.

  • performante

    The one made by a real car company, and not made in a tent. The Taycan.

    • krusshall

      What constitutes a real car company? And the Model S was never made in a “tent”.

      • performante

        Are you certain? They’re made in the same plant. I wouldn’t put anything passed Tesla and their janky manufacturing processes.

  • botornot387

    There is a price disparity=See interior and badge Porsche>Tesla

  • Bash

    The Taycan of course.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    Taycan best for sure, but such is the price difference they aren’t even market competitors. You cannot ignore 50, 60, 70, 80k+ price difference

  • Rahul Mandala

    Taycan over Model S any day

  • roy

    If the recent habits of VAG car makers are to be considered then Porsche might be being very modest about its performance figures

  • Honda NSX-R

    If I had to pay, I would choose the Model S

  • Scherpereel Clement

    Well for me the Taycan is better looking, more dynamic and more modern. But the Model s is twice cheaper, 2 more seats, has a sleeker interior and way more range. Electric buyers are for most of them not sporty driver so while Posches will sell loads of Taycan, Teslas are still gonna sell like cupcakes.
    No money regarding I’ll have the Porshes otherwize the Tesla plus a cayman s for the we and it’ll still be cheaper than a Taycan Turbo S

    • benT

      Apart from the electricity, they are still in different markets..

      • Scherpereel Clement

        Exactly

  • krusshall

    A Porsche has never caught on fire?

    • brn

      They don’t make the news when it happens.

  • Dennis James

    Well, 555km / 412km = 35% more range for the Tesla.

  • alexxx

    If I had the money then of course Taycan….
    I don’t…
    So…Nissan leaf😂

  • Matteo Tommasi

    I just noticed the hood misallignement on the Model S in the press photo. It’s many millimiters off.

  • TheBelltower

    I really like the exterior design of the Porsche. The interior, not so much. The biggest issue with the Porsche is that it appears inferior in every meaningful way for those who need a practical car. The ability to pull-off multiple back to back track laps is not meaningful to even most Porsche owners. It’s also absurdly expensive for what it is.

    • I hear you, but I also don’t think people buy performance Porsches for their practicality, and so they offer more practical choices.

    • HD

      Exactly. Show me Panamera owners that are going to race tracks regularly.

  • MarketAndChurch

    The Model S, and the next Model S will be even better. Having said that, the Porsche looks incredible, and if I had to choose between this and a a 2-dr sports car, I’d rather have this. 4-dr electric sport coupes like this will be the end of most 2-dr sports cars.

  • Suge19

    Tesla is cheaper & faster, but driving Porsche has more pride than Tesla ….. just like C8 and F488

  • Craig

    I like the Tesla’s exterior better. Not a fan either interior wise.

  • jfalckt

    Definitely the Porsche

  • GobbleUp

    Tesla quicker, better range, cheaper, better tech.
    Porsche better interior by far.

    Diff flavors.

    Lmao lame Porsche misleading “turbo”. What a joke.

  • Whoever

    “Let’s be practical”

    … and ignore the massive difference in range?.

  • benT

    In car heater needs adjustment tho’.

  • nattymbs320

    I will wait on the 80-90k Taycan regardless of the performance i will choose it over the 100k Model S…Pretty sure it will still run a sub 4 sec …0-60 time….

  • Bob

    That’s a Porsche, it’s not a fire per se, it’s a built-in feature of sorts.

  • wait a minute

    has there ever been car that’s so competitive in every way against it’s rivals 10 yrs younger? you’ve got to hand it to the model s for being ahead of its time.

    • OS

      except the model S wasn’t this competitive in 2012 when it launched…most of the improvements including extended range, “autopilot”, ludicrous mode, and updated suspension were released a couple years ago…

  • Mike Gonzalez

    the thing is Porsche has been hyping people up with the Taycan but the final product is lackluster… I can only imagine what Tesla has been cooking for the last few years for the next Model S… both in range and performance. I bet it will leave the Taycan biting the dust

  • man

    At those prices, I’m sticking with gas. I like the smell.

    • benT

      Personal methane ?

  • man

    I think the Li-Ion batteries are what catch fire, so any electric may have this issue. Tesla partners with Panasonic, which has a lot of battery chemistry experience, but we don’t know if any systemic problem in manufacturing. Tesla is low quality IMO. Model 3 was really awful.

  • lagann

    The Taycan looks way nicer. Not even point of comparing them both based on looks. The Model S really is in need of a complete redesign.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I’ll take both. Both nice cars, both fast as hell, both sexy.

    Price is the only thing that would make me have to choose.

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