New prototype Telsa Model S beats Porsche Taycan by 20 seconds
The long-awaited Porsche Taycan has been unveiled and its flagship model, the Turbo S, set an impressive time around the infamous Nürburgring track in Germany. According to reports however, Telsa has beaten out Porsche by 20 seconds.
The all-electric Porsche Taycan isn’t hitting roads officially till 2020, that hasn’t stopped Telsa from already showing people there’s a reason it’s the boss in the electric vehicle world.
Telsa and Elon Musk have both revealed a souped-up and stripped-back version if its Model S saloon has gone round the Nürburgring faster than the Taycan.
The faster the time, the more excited everyone gets. Comprised of twists and turns, the track shows the capabilities of not only how fast a car can go, but how it handles, steers and accelerates.
Clocking in at a time of 7:23, the ‘Plaid’ Model S is said to have shaved 20 seconds off the lap time set by the Taycan. ‘Plaid’ refers to the new yet-to-be-released powertrain in the saloon. The new tri-engine powertrain features three electric motors instead of the usual two. It’s even faster than Telsa’s ‘Ludicrous’ option and has a 0-60mph of just 2.6 seconds.
The Nürburgring-superstar prototype also had a more angry looking front fender flares, a stripped-out interior and a sporty spoiler, it’s not certain if these details will make it to the production model. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla has said in a tweet that this iteration of the Model S is set for production in October / November next year.
It’s a start. We expect these track times to be beaten by the actual production 7 seat Model S Plaid variant that goes into production around Oct/Nov next year.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2019
Musk has revealed that this ‘Plaid’ model will have new rear seats to accommodate larger passengers.
Model S at Nürburgring has 7 seats— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2019
No, original 5 forward facing seats plus 2 rear-facing smaller seats. The new rear seats will accommodate larger passengers than before.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2019
He even took to Twitter soon after the launch of the Taycan to poke fun at it.
But Taycan does seem like a good car. Nürburgring track time is great.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 7, 2019
The Taycan that went round Nürburgring did so in 7:42. The question then becomes, who is going to buy the Taycan over the Tesla? The Model S Performance, the current flagship, has a higher range than the Taycan Turbo S, better Nürburgring time and a lower price tag.
The Model S Performance starts at US $99,990, making it over US $80,000 cheaper than the Taycan flagship. The Taycan Turbo and Turbo S clock in at US $150,900 and US $185,000 respectively. Tesla’s also have a highest range estimation of around 370 miles per charge, whereas the Taycan’s max is around 279 miles per charge.
Porsche has long since been a titan at Nürburgring, two of the 10 fastest lap times this year have been from Porsche. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the 918 Spyder. The fastest time ever is also from Porsche when the 919 Hybrid Evo managed the track in 5:19:55.