In an exclusive face-to-face video, Automobile Propre was able to pit the Turbo version of the Porsche Taycan against its big rival: the Tesla Model S Performance.
To carry out this comparative test of the two electric sports cars, we chose a Model S Performance and a Taycan Turbo made available by Blooweels, a rental company specializing in electric vehicles thanks to which we were able to achieve this face to face before everyone else .
Technically, both models receive an all-wheel drive with almost identical battery capacity. Count 93.4 kWh for the Taycan and 100 kWh for the Model S.
In terms of equipment, our two test models receive 21-inch rims. They have air suspensions with a slight advantage for Tesla since the system can be updated remotely. If the Taycan may seem at first glance smaller than the Model S because of its height (1.38 VS 1.45 m), the two models display for the rest an almost identical size with 4.96 meters in length and 1.96 m in width.
Two different atmospheres
Coupe four doors for one, large family sedan for the other. The philosophy of the two models is different and you can feel it inside. Without a tailgate, the Taycan only has a 407-liter trunk where the Model S climbs to 744 liters. The front cargo space is however favorable to the German with 80 liters against 59.5 for the Tesla model.
In Germany, the finish is impeccable. On board, the number of screens is impressive. In addition to the slightly curved digital instrumentation, there is an on-board computer and an optional second screen dedicated to the passenger.
More refined, the Model S is distinguished by its huge touch screen. Allowing you to control all of the car’s features, it also allows you to locate nearby superchargers, to access the Internet or applications such as Youtube or Netflix.
In the rear seats, it is the Tesla Model S which wins the match against a Porsche Taycan penalized by a central tunnel which somewhat condemns the place in the middle.
Driving in the city is similar. The amortization is firmer in the Porsche. Ditto for the seats. We have a fairly good support but it is a little less comfortable than in the Model S. Given the low ground clearance of the German, it will also be wary of the speed bumps so as not to rub the underside checkout. On the Tesla, the feeling of comfort is superior. On the other hand, it shines much less well.
Whether it’s the Taycan or the Model S, acceleration wrestles your guts. On the Turbo version of the Taycan, the 0 to 100 / km is shot down in 3.2 seconds. With the latest updates, the Model S performs the same exercise in 2.5 seconds. There is therefore a big gap between our two test models and we will have to switch to the Taycan Turbo S to get closer to the performance of the Elon Musk sedan (2.8 s).
On the motorway, you can feel the manufacturing quality of the German. There is much less air noise on the Taycan than on the Model S. In terms of functionality, the Porsche sportswoman benefits from all the driving aids but does not go as far as Tesla’s car in terms of autonomous driving. Advantage to the Taycan: it has a real traffic sign reader where the Model S is limited to GPS map data. If you have work areas, the Model S will not be able to see them while the Taycan will be able to adjust its speed.
In terms of autonomy, there is a big difference. With 450 km announced in WLPT cycles, the Taycan will allow you to cover between 300 and 350 km depending on the type of route. Announced at 593 km according to the same cycle, the Model S will offer a good hundred kilometers of additional autonomy in real cycle. For long journeys, the Californian also has a serious advantage thanks to its network of superchargers, much denser than that currently offered by Ionity.
On the price side, the difference between the two models is substantial. Displayed at around € 107,000 at the time of our test, the Model S has fallen to € 100,990 in recent days. Faced with a Taycan billed at 155,552 € in its basic version, the difference is far from negligible.
On the options side, the two models are at both extremes. While those offered on the Model S can almost be counted on the finger of one hand, the list of those on the Taycan is simply impressive. The smallest equipment worth at least a few hundred euros, the bill can swell quickly. Particularly equipped with adaptive cruise control (€ 1,764), panoramic roof (€ 1,620), passenger screen (€ 1,032) and 21 inch rims (€ 3,252), the Taycan Turbo which was used in our test climbs to almost 166,000 €. At Tesla, our Model S Performance test jumped to € 121,900 with 21-inch rims (€ 4,700), solid black bodywork (€ 1,600), premium black and white interior (€ 1,600) and Autopilot (6,300 €).
If the Model S largely wins the price battle, the two models are far from being affordable. If you want to enjoy these dream cars without necessarily having the budget, the rental solution for a day or a weekend can be a good alternative. Do not hesitate to have a look at the offers and models available on the Blooweels website.