Top Gear Pits Porsche Taycan Turbo S Against Tesla Model S Performance

The comparison we all patiently waited has arrived, as the range-topping Porsche Taycan Turbo S is facing the Tesla Model S in Top Gear’s latest video review.

Porsche’s first dedicated electric model has been branded as the nemesis of the Tesla Model S, despite the clear difference in pricing. However, given that there are no full-size electric sedans around apart from these two, making the comparison was pretty much unavoidable.

It starts with the ever important drag race; in theory, the Tesla should be quicker to 62 mph (100 km/h) but the Porsche claims that the Taycan is the faster one on the road to 100 mph (160 km/h).  Both cars apparently had over 85 percent charge in their batteries and after a very slingshot-like start, the world’s quietest drag race has a very clear winner (spoiler alert: it’s the Porsche).

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The two electric sedans were then reviewed on the road, pointing out Tesla’s superior driving range (367 miles over the Porsche’s 256) as well as its wider charging network.

Despite being on the market for six years now, the Tesla Model S also offers the roomiest cabin of the two by a big margin, with plenty of leg and shoulder space for three adults in the back and bigger luggage spaces front and rear.

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S on the other hand is a much sportier car, featuring a tightly-controlled body, a much sharper turn-in, a superb steering and a braking feel that puts it in an another league compared to the Model S.

In the end, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S and the Tesla Model S Performance may share a similar appetite for quarter-miles but in every other area, they do things quite differently; the Model S is the more practical and convenient electric car of two, thanks to the Supercharger network, but if you value driving dynamics and chassis witchcraft, then the Porsche is the one to go for.


  • Six_Tymes

    It really has a “Turbo” ? how is that possible?

    • Porkopolis

      Billions of nano-impellers are layered throughout the battery pack and they accelerate electrons utilizing the potential energy of the residual magnetism from previous electron discharges.

      • Ben

        Now do my taxes, you sexy nerd.

    • wtvlol

      100D is Diesel version?

      • HD

        D stands for Dual-Motor, T stands for Turbo. Turbo as Turbo, not D for Dual.

    • Toronado_II

      Crazy how fast the technology is improving…


      How about teslas supercharger? Is it there? Inside the charging box?

  • Dennis James

    Seeing the comparison, for now it looks to me that no one in his right mind would choose the Taycan at the current price. There is a massive price difference for no obvious reasons, the Tesla has 160 km more range at only 7kw larger battery, better drag coefficient, 5% lower weight, the practicality of the Tesla is equivalent to a normal large sedan, while the performance figures are very similar. Tesla offers so much more value, the Taycan feels like a ripoff. For the price difference you could probably buy a Tesla and a Porsche 911 or a Cayman and enjoy the best of both worlds.

    • wtvlol

      I agree the Taycan costs alot of money. Maybe the fair price would be 75%-80% of it.
      The interior quality is night and day comparing to Tesla. The performance(in corners) is way better than Tesla.
      Performance in straight line is similar but with 800v tech the Taycan can do it for longer while the Tesla would overheat and enter limp mode.

      • TheNovanglus

        Agreed about the handling, but the Taycan has a Model 3 sized interior. It’s kind of an apples to oranges comparison. I’d love to see a top of the line M3P run against a 4S. That is the closest and fairest matchup of both brands.

        Very similar interior space. Nearly identical range (honestly an M3P is a 270-280mi car). Nearly identical performance. Much closer in price than an S and a Turbo S.

        Until then, comparison like this are kind of worthless.

      • Reformed Alchemist

        The Taycan costs more because Porsche is into making money, unlike Tesla. Also, Porsche tends to honor their warranties….

    • alexxx

      No Porsche buyer is looking for Tesla,that’s for sure. Porsche is in a league of its own.

      • Enter Ranting

        The glare on the Porsche’s screens is in a league of its own.

        • Six_Tymes

          wow, now that you pointed that out… yikes, talk about an oversight

    • Reformed Alchemist

      Tesla would have to charge a Taycan-like price to post an annual profit. They are $7 billion in the hole. So there is that. ..

  • performante


  • Stephen G

    Finally settled. The Taycan Turbo(?) S is slightly faster than your average 6 year old family sedan.


      Haha! Totally. The age of the platform was a glaring omission from the review. The fact that a mildly updated Tesla was still relevant against the best Porsche could deliver is notable. I am glad to hear that Porsche nailed the cornering and steering (kind of a must with that badge), but the choice to NOT make it a liftback seems like the biggest missed opportunity on their part. Moreover, it’s a 4-seater (for now?), which further means, while the target buyer may be similar, the Porsche shows up much like a large 911, with EV advantages, and yet can’t defend its price with valuable practicality. The daily use case is what makes the Tesla a winner, even if the prices were the same. Add in the $50k price difference, and I can’t easily see a the case for the Porsche over the Tesla. Last note, leaving all facts aside, and just going for looks, then you certainly have a lot to compare/contrast.

      • Steel Punk

        I think they did that because they have a wagon/hatch version coming. It’s called the Cross Turismo or something.

    • S3XY

      Wrong. Flop Gear used Model S in range mode and old numbers from another race

  • Jason Miller

    I mean you would expect a new car to beat a 6-year old one that it was designed to outperform in the first place. Nobody should be surprised by this.

    • wtvlol

      Tesla had no competition so they didnt care to develop a 2nd gen. They are losing their time advantage everyday.

      • TheNovanglus

        Ehh, not really. The 3 was their next gen. The Y will be a half-gen up. Plaid/Roadster will probably see real chemistry improvements, potentially doubling the range of a car like the Taycan, but costing considerably more than mass market cars like 3 & Y.

      • Reformed Alchemist

        Tesla’s competition is the laws of economics….

    • Mr. EP9

      Regardless, Tesla now can further improve their product now that they have some actual competition.

      • Jason Miller

        And they are doing just that.

      • Reformed Alchemist

        If you read the q3 10q they have definitely been doing a lot of financial engineering….

    • Enter Ranting

      This Porsche wouldn’t exist if not for Tesla.

      • Six_Tymes

        that is true as well

    • Reformed Alchemist

      Model S loses a comparison.
      Tesla fans :”Its a 6 year old design”
      Tesla critics”Model S is outdated”
      Tesla fans:”Model S has been continuously updated”.

      So….which statement is true…is it a 6 year old design, or is the current model S a significantly updated car?

      • Mr Mister

        I know you think you’re stating some “gotcha” but did you even think about your question? Both can be true and in this instance both are true. It has been updated, but its still the same general platform, one that favored everyday usability over performance (which Porsche took the opposite route). That its even remotely close to the Porsche in any performance metric is honestly quite impressive.

        I’m not even a huge Tesla fan (and the Model S is quite long in the tooth) and I don’t like Musk much at all (and despise the cult of personality in society around him). But a Porsche at the price they’re selling the Taycan at, should absolutely demolish a several year old car that was effectively the first generation platform for a company that had no real experience making cars. I still think its straight up embarrassing that Porsche gets only that range out of that size of battery. That’s not to say the Taycan isn’t a good or even great car. It seems to be, and it has some innovations. I just am not wowed by it at all. The Porsche and the Tesla are both quite good. I think both are also quite flawed. Competition should make them both better so its nice to see more competition.

        Hopefully the competition spurs things forward and we get better pricing and performance. Frankly though, I have a hunch this is a harbinger of luxury marques selling overpriced electric cars while having weiner waving contests about various aspects (that may or may not translate to meaningful benefits for consumers). I won’t be surprised if we get a 4 door coupe version of the Roadster (that would likely demolish the Porsche in performance with the Porsche fanboys acting like Miata fanboys “but its more fun in everyday driving because its performance is usable!”).

      • Six_Tymes

        All are true… and you left two out.
        The Taycan has no real “Turbo” its a poser car.
        The Taycan looks dated already.

  • Mr. EP9

    Waiting for those juicy comments.

  • TheNovanglus

    You understand a 4S has considerably lower performance than the Turbo S. 522-568hp vs the Turbo S 750+ hp, depending on battery size. Given the 900lb weight difference between the M3P and a 4S, it would be a close matchup. Porsche claims a mid-3s for the 4S*, which is right in line with a M3P.

    * Porsche’s actual claimed numbers for the 4S are 3.8s to 60 and a 12.2s qtr mi. For comparison, they claimed a 10.8 qtr for a Turbo S and it turned a 10.7 in the review. So, the 4S will do marginally better by a tenth of two. In comparison, a 3P turns a 3.2s and 11.7s (actually as low as an 11.56), before the upcoming software power bump. Removing 1ft rollouts would probably have these cars very close in straight line speed.

    It would be a very fair comparison. The fairest, actually. I’m sure someone will put both to the test. My bet is Car & Driver does, as they just added a Model 3 LR AWD to their long-term fleet and will be very familiar with it by the time the Taycan 4S hits these shores next year. Buckle up.


  • TheBelltower

    I can’t wait to drive the Porsche. Though the price will keep it from being a serious consideration.

  • Steel Punk

    Because the old numbers were FASTER than what they achieved on the day. Jalopnik got that response.

    lol even Musk is butthurt.

    • S3XY

      What else would you expect from the company that brought us Diesel gate ?

  • Patrick

    Tesla is a toy electric car compared to a porsche

  • S3XY

    Flop Gear. Another scandal by VW. Incorrect numbers.

    Model S was in Range Mode at 1:08 and was ahead of the toucan lol

    Model S does 2.4 and as low as 10.5 1/4

    I can buy a Model S and an X, 3 or heck even a used gas 911 for less than the Taycan.

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