Porsche Taycan Turbo S Outperforms Model S P100D In German Test, Tesla Fans Are Not Happy

German publication Vox Automobili recently gathered together a brand new Porsche Taycan Turbo S and Tesla Model S P100D for a series of tests.

The full clip, available here, is previewed in the YouTube video below. In the first test, the duo were pitted against each other to see which changes direction better in an emergency situation.

The tests were conducted in the wet, and when the Tesla entered the section of cones at 90 km/h (56 mph), it suffered from a huge amount of understeer and was unable to make it through. By comparison, the Taycan Turbo S ran through the coned sections without issue at 97 km/h (60 mph).

Also Read: Tesla’s Nurburgring Attempt Could Be In Vain As Porsche Set The Lap Record With The Standard Taycan Turbo

Then we come to the drag races. Two tests were conducted,once again in the wet, to see which of the electric sedans can get off the line the quickest. In both, it was the Porsche that came out on top thanks to its improved traction off the line. In dry conditions, official acceleration figures from the two companies suggests that the Model S is a touch faster off the line, though in the wet, it seemed to struggle a little.

Tesla fans are an enthusiastic bunch and aren’t all that happy with the results. The YouTube comments is filled with accusations that the test was rigged because it comes from a German publication – and Porsche is, of course, German. We’re assured that both cars were fitted with their standard tires for the tests and while one could debate the results of the drag races, it’s hard to debate the results of the high-speed handling test. Admittedly, the Tesla tested is the older P100D model as opposed to the new-and-improved ‘Raven’, so we’ll withhold judgement for now, but it might just be that the American electric saloon has finally met its match.


  • Ben


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  • Mr. EP9

    I’m just here for the inevitable comments. Don’t mind me.

  • Craig

    It’s always to your advantage to know what you’re up against. I would have been surprised if the Porsche was NOT better. Now Tesla has to up their game.

    • Ben

      Exactly! This is why competition is great, it forces automakers to develop better products. Look what happened to the WRX when the EVO left.

  • Jawohl

    That’s because Tesla fans are often cult like extremists.

    • TheBelltower

      Porsche fans are often pretty interesting also.

      • Jawohl

        Interesting but not cult like…

        • TheBelltower

          I got no beef with Porsche owners.

      • Ben

        Being a Porsche fan myself, I can attest to the oddities of extreme Porsche fans/owners. However, some Tesla fans are a bit….zealous. Much like fans of the Prius were in the early 00’s. Their love for a great vehicle is completely understandable, but the snobbery and disrespect for other’s consumer choices is the problem. Buying a Tesla doesn’t give moral superiority just like buying a Porsche doesn’t make you a god tier driver.

        • TheBelltower

          I don’t think we possess moral superiority. But we really really want people to universally embrace the superiority that is Tesla, and that everyone file it away into their long-term memory. Is that too much to ask? 😉

          • That’s exactly the problem. Every Tesla owner I met was trying to shove this mentality down my throat. They exhibit every characteristic of a cult. None of them are car people, usually come from some boring old diesel or hybrid car, and they preach Tesla like it’s a religion. It’s really toxic at this point, like Apple fans in 7-8 years ago.

          • TheBelltower

            Lots of opinions there. Lighten up. People like their cars.

      • Rimas Kurtinaitis

        Porsche fans will defend THEIR car above everything else. Tesla fans are either too young to have a licence or cannot afford one, and they defend “their” brand above everything else.

  • taverngeek

    It is an invalid test because roads are never wet, particularly in Germany. /s

  • Reformed Alchemist

    Can’t WAIT for the major mags to do heads up shootouts……

  • Xandao

    Im not Tesla fan, but I´ll wait for a not german review to take a conclusion.

    • FFEMT6

      And a dry track. A wet track to me is far from conclusive.

  • TheBelltower

    I don’t speak German. What were the 0-60 and 1/4 mile results? I’d also like to know the setup process for both cars, and if the older S was equipped with Ludicrous mode. I don’t doubt for a second that Porsche will be faster through the cones than any Model S. But I’m not convinced that a properly tested Taycan Turbo S will match the speed of a properly tested S P100DL.

  • FFEMT6

    Why is this such a surprise, we already know the Taycan is a better handling car than the Model S P100D, and the acceleration tests were conducted in wet conditions. Conduct the same in dry conditions, and I am pretty sure the acceleration tests will prove to be the opposite.

    • Matt

      What advantage does the Model S P100D have in the dry exactly?

      • runbuh

        In a straight line on dry pavement, it’s faster off the line. In the wet, it’s poor tires (compared to the rubber Porsche uses) can’t maintain their grip.

        To me, the differences seen in this test boil down to rubber, and the width of the rubber. Porsche just plain uses better rubber, and wider rubber, to get better grip.

        Of course, comparing a $200k car to a $100k is bound to reveal some performance differences.

        • Jason Wang

          What if they both change to same type of tires? You know it’s not fair to compete on dry road if Porsche is really using a tire that is for wet road too.

          • runbuh

            Same tires and same tires width/profile – that I’d like to see. In a straight line, in the wet, I would go with the Tesla. On a track like the Nürburgring, unless you change the suspension and the aero on the Tesla, the Porsche is going to come out ahead. Just look at this week’s most recent Tesla testing pictures of their plaid platform prototype to see what they had to do in order to try and beat the Taycan (lots of cooling/aero changes in the front and rear).

  • Brian Regan

    Could they have ‘rigged’ the test? Sure, I guess. BUT… Is it really that hard to believe that Porsche, who has vastly more experience building cars, could have potentially built a better car than Tesla?

    • willhaven

      I would expect a car from 2019 to obliterate a design from 2012.

      • Matt

        The 2019 Model S is much upgraded from what they first brought to market in 2012.

        • krusshall

          And yet it is still a design from 2012.

          • The exterior design was facelifted in 2016 and with it they introduced the P100D Performance, insinuating 2012 vs 2019 is a stretch.

          • benT

            That’s like saying the Beetle is a design from the 40s or the Volvo 240 at the end of production its run is a design from the early 70s.
            Fact is the motors are current technology – whatever that means, it is an upgraded version of the motors available back then.
            Further, the Tesla and Toucan were raced in a straight line so actual design year does not matter squat – it’s the power and transmission of same that matter.
            Because the Toucan is a 2+2 four door ports car then it SHOULD be quicker but is only JUST a bit quicker.
            That the drags wee organised and run by German then you can think what you like but the German car industry is known for lies and cheating and they have yet to be completely smacked for that.
            I for one would say that it was rigged given the form of that industry.
            Repercussions are still flowing – the German regulators are still fuming over what was done and the audacity of it which should be a BIG BEN gong to all that any claims are likely BS.

          • Matt

            Forgot your meds again, huh?

          • Mike Sinyaboot ©

            Oh boy, it’s another one of those reetardeds

          • Ben

            The current challenger was all new when? Yet 840hp, 797hp and 717hp is still a lot of power. I prefer keeping models around longer and letting an automaker work on their craft. Too many vehicles spat out then cancelled or completely redesigned. The Japanese are known for honing a design to it’s best form.

        • willhaven

          The chassis isn’t much changed.

  • pcurve

    I recently experienced model s full acceleration. It was genuinely scared. Don’t even want to know what it feels like to in the Taycan.

    • benT


      • for who? looks like it will fit me like a glove.

  • Suge19

    Tesla don’t (& can’t) do racing

  • Six_Tymes

    As old as the S is, it looks better than the new Taycan “Turbo S” that has no turbo charger.

    • Matt

      You really think it looks better?

  • Kagan

    Well tesla is not a sportscar and not intended to be but it happens to have fast acc and people think that is sport!

  • Shakin’ my head

    I think the Porsche vs Tesla is stupid anyway. The fastest electric car happens to be… A corvette. Modified, but a corvette. The Porsche is what three times the cost of a Tesla, and the Tesla goes farther on a charge plus, I know of a Tesla refueling station 50 miles from the Montana-Idaho border, in a town of about 300 people. I don’t think that will matter,as most people who buy the Porsche will probably park them in a garage for sale later, if they can make some money off them. The Porsche guy is into money,while the Tesla will get driven. I think they should call the Porsche motor a flat six turbine engine. not any more inaccurate than a*turbo”. Call it anything.its still a lie. Dang volkswagons

    • Mike Sinyaboot ©

      I think its reetarded^

  • Stephen G

    WOW, Porsche has a giant chip on its shoulder!

  • JqC

    I just don’t understand all the vitriol. This is good. This is what we want. Choice, more players in the EV market. This drives excellence. It’s fun. It’s even what Elon wanted. There’s no issue. Stop arguing about this.

  • longhorn69

    And Tesla fans are upset……….In other news water is wet.

    Really Tesla fans, getting a seizure over this? One test by a German auto mag. How are you going to react when the US Auto press do the same comparo over and over again, and the Tesla S goes into limp mode? And the untold comparos that will be on Youtube? I suggest you take a chill pill, its not going to get better.

  • Enter Ranting

    Congratulations, Porsche. You finally caught up to Tesla’s old car.

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      Yeah Hopefully the Taycan won’t brick it’s chips after 4 years like a Model S

  • Porkopolis

    Which is the better car to drive (how does it feel when you’re in control)?
    Which has a better manufacturing process (how refined does it look and feel on its various surfaces)?

  • It’s not fair to compare a Model S with the Taycan.
    Compare the Taycan with the Roadster, then we can tell an opinion.

  • Nowan

    maybe the test should be conducted by the Japanese, like Best Motoring!

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