A Porsche Taycan Turbo S takes on a new Porsche 911 Turbo S in a Carwow drag race
Much has been said about the new Porsche 911 Turbo S’ phenomenal acceleration, but surely there’s no way it could beat the fully-electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S off the line in a drag race, right?
Well, like everyone, we were surprised to see the results of this Carwow drag race held in early July. Not only does the Porsche 911 Turbo S beat the Taycan off the line, but it actually crosses the finish line first.
The 911 Turbo S uses all of its 640 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque from a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six to muscle ahead of the Taycan Turbo S. The latter pushes out 617 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque, although it can increase horsepower output to 751 horsepower in situations like a drag race.
On paper, both cars are evenly matched but electric vehicles tend to crush traditional ICE cars in a drag race because of their instant torque. That certainly didn’t happen here.
The key takeaway here isn’t that the Taycan Turbo S isn’t as fast as advertised, it’s that the new 911 Turbo S is faster than anybody realizes. The Porsche 911 Turbo S reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.7 seconds according to Porsche while the Taycan Turbo S does the same sprint in 2.8 seconds. What seems to happen is that like the Taycan, the 911 Turbo S has power across the band and in any situation, not just a higher bands. And because it has all-wheel drive, it has no trouble getting that power to the ground off the line.
That means that it can not only best the Taycan Turbo S in a drag race, but also the McLaren 720s, anything currently on sale from Ferrari or Lamborghini, and the Tesla Model S.
It’s only drawback appears to be an exhaust note that in no way reflects the power lurking under the rear window.