Neither of these cars was willing to give up

While the Tesla Model S has its hands full dealing with the all-electric Porsche Taycan (not when it comes to range, though), the Model 3 has been pitted against the 2020 Porsche 911 by the fellas over at Carwow.

We know, we know, and they do too, these two are not exactly direct rivals and the differences between them aren’t only related to how they generate power and torque. The 911 is rear-wheel-driven, while the Model 3 spins all four wheels. The EV is also a tad more powerful and quicker off the line, but the Neunelfer packs a mean Launch Control feature and is, after all, a purely-bred sports car.

On paper, the Tesla Model 3 holds a slight advantage, but the 911 isn’t far behind

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As with any duel of this ilk, let’s take a closer look at the contenders. Surely, most of you know what’s what in terms of specs and all that, but we’ll do a quick run-through anyway.

So, the Porsche 911 here is a Carrera S, which means it packs 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque coming from a flat-six twin-turbo gasoline engine. Those allow it to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, but some of the laurels must go to the fast-shifting seven-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox and a wicked Launch Control system.

In the opposite corner, the crowd-favorite Tesla Model 3 Performance makes do with two electric motors - one on each axle - and a sprint time from naught to 60 mph dispatched in 3.2 seconds.

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t’s also worth noting that the Model 3 is some 200 kilos (441 pounds) heavier than the 911, but it has the advantage of instant torque and all-wheel drive.

It’s also considerably cheaper than the German sports car: a Model 3 Performance will leave you without $50,690 (including incentives) while the 911 Carrera S requires at least $113,300.

Of course, the amount of money you actually pay on a car holds zero weight when it comes to what it can deliver when pitted against another. And while we won’t spoil the plot of the video below, we will tell you that these two cars are very close in terms of what they can pull off from a standing start, and also from a rolling one.

See for yourself.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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