• The Porsche Showdown You’ve Been Waiting For: A 911 Turbo S vs Taycan Turbo S

911 and Taycan star in the ultimate Porsche Turbo S drag race

It’s 2020 and Porsche has two incredible Turbo S models in showrooms. One is the 911 and the other one is the Taycan. They are entirely different cars. While the 911 Turbo Scomes with actual turbochargers, the Taycan is an all-electric car, so the "Turbo S" badge is there just to keep things familiar. But they are the range-topping versions of their respective lineups and both are impressively quick. Porsche’s official ratings put them on par from 0 to 60 mph at 2.6 seconds. But which car is quicker in a quarter-mile race? Let’s find out with CarWow, which recently put together a drag race between the two.

Before we proceed, let’s have a look at some specs. The latest 911 Turbo S comes with a twin-turbo, 3.7-liter flat-six under the hood. The mill cranks out 641 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

The Taycan Turbo S draws juice from a pair of electric motors that deliver 751 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque combined.

That’s an extra 110 horses and 184 pound-feet for the electric sedan. But although it’s more powerful, the Taycan is also notably heavier due to its battery packs. It tips the scales at 5,081 pounds, which is around 1,300 pounds more than the 911 Turbo S.

The Porsche Showdown You've Been Waiting For: A 911 Turbo S vs Taycan Turbo S
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The Porsche Showdown You've Been Waiting For: A 911 Turbo S vs Taycan Turbo S
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With both rated at 2.6 seconds from 0 to 60 mph, a quarter-mile race should be a close call. In the first run, the 911 Turbo S wins by almost a second, but the Taycan driver misses the start. Both roll out at the same time during the second run, but the 911 Turbo S wins again, this time around by a much smaller margin. Specifically, the 911 Turbo S crossed the line in 10.2 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo S completed the run in 10.3 seconds, just a tenth-second slower. The result is a bit unexpected given that electric cars benefit from instant torque, but it seems that the Taycan carries too much extra weight. Still, both cars are impressive quick and worthy of the "Porsche" badge.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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