You don’t see the Porsche Taycan get mercilessly beaten on a drag strip very oftenby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 04:32
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is the most powerful Taycan you can buy today. The car is even more powerful than the Taycan model that currently holds the record for being the fastest four-door EV on the Nurburgring. But, after enjoying dominance for some time, the Taycan Turbo S is finally down and under, courtesy of the Tesla Model S Plaid. The Plaid comes with unbelievable specs and it was only a matter of time before it faced the Taycan Turbo S. The folks at DragTimes got these two quick and fast beasts on the drag strip for some quarter-mile runs only for the German to get see a set of taillights in every single race. Dominating fuel-powered supercars is one thing, but humiliating a really quick $200,000 EV? That’s just ludicrous (pun intended).
How Do They Square Up On Paper?
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is the flagship EV model that the automaker has to offer. It is by no means a slow or lazy car. It features a dual-motor setup that makes up to 750 ponies and 774 pound-feet of oomph, combined. These are the figures when launched with Overboost Power. This helps the EV propel to 60 mph from rest in 2.6 seconds and going all the way up to 161 mph.
The Tesla Model S Plaid, on the other hand, comes with three motors – two on the rear axle and one at the front. Together, they make 1,020 horses that help the EV sprint to 60 mph from rest in 1.99 seconds (rollout subtracted). The top speed is rated at 200 mph. According to Tesla, the Model S Plaid can do quarter-mile runs in 9.23 seconds with a trap speed of 155 mph.
The Taycan Turbo S weighs 5,300 pounds, which is significantly more than the 4,833-pound Model S Plaid.
How Was The Domination On The Drag Strip?
We’ve already told you the Model S Plaid defeated the Taycan Turbo S. In the first race, the Tesla raced without engaging the Cheetah mode. It finished the quarter-mile in 9.673 seconds with a trap speed of 150.93 mph. The Taycan took 10.422 seconds and recorded a top speed of 129.90 mph.
In the second run, both the cars did better. The Cheetah mode was engaged this time on the Plaid. The American EV took 9.360 seconds to quarter-mile and recorded a top speed of 150.82 mph. The Taycan managed to finish the race in 10.393 seconds with a speed of 130.03 mph. One second difference between two of the world’s quickest EVs is a big gap.
The final run was even better for the Model S Plaid. The car took 9.344 seconds to the quarter-mile, which again, was over a second quicker than the Taycan’s 10.379-second time. It touched 151.34 mph this time, whereas the Porsche could do 129.99 mph. It must also be noted that the Model S Plaid driver’s reaction times were noticeably better than the Taycan’s in all three races.
The owner of the Taycan Turbo S was so impressed with the Model S Plaid that he ended up booking on his mobile on the drag strip itself!
Demolition Like This Should Be Deemed Illegal
After this race, we have no that the Model S Plaid will dethrone the Porsche Taycan for being the fastest four-door all-electric car at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The Taycan set the record back in August 2019 by lapping the ring in seven minutes and 42 seconds. The Model S Plaid was recently spotted at the Green Hell, which can only mean an official run is on the cards. The Taycan that holds the record was the Turbo model and not the Turbo S. So, we could see the German retaliate if the Model S Plaid doesn’t break the record by a big margin, which doesn’t seem the case seeing how this drag race panned out.
Watch the drag race video between the Porsche Taycan Turbo S and the Tesla Model S Plaid below and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.