The Porsche Taycan Turbo S beats the latest, fastest Tesla Model S even in Cheetah Stance mode
From the minute the Porsche Taycan was introduced, its only rival was always going to be the Tesla Model S. Beat the Tesla and the Taycan, in the minds of those who will likely buy neither at least, would be validated as a worthy new EV.
Being unable to top the flagship Tesla in a drag race would have relegated the Taycan to the status of laughing stock in the eyes of the very vocal Tesla enthusiast base.
Just a note here, the actual drag race most of you have come to see is further down the article. You can skip to it directly if you don’t want to read about the significance of this confrontation.
There have been many drag races between the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan, and they all have been extremely close. Whenever the Taycan comes out on top, there always seems to be some unfair advantage. Tires, suspension settings, driver competence… All tend to always be to the advantage of the Taycan whenever it finishes first.
And then there’s the fact that the Tesla Model S recently received a new Raven powertrain update that upped the range to 400 miles (644 km) according to Tesla. The update also gave the Model S (and Model X) the new Cheetah Stance launch mode designed to improve traction and launch speed.
The Model S Raven with Cheetah Stance mode would obliterate the Taycan, even the Turbo S variant, Tesla enthusiasts cried.
We have to thank Carwow for allowing us to see what would actually happen when a Porsche Taycan Turbo S drag races a Tesla Model S Raven with Cheetah Stance launch mode activated.
Both drag races confirmed that the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, despite Cheetahs and Ravens, is still the quickest EV in a drag race. But, the second race was close. Very close.
So if we put aside automotive politics for a second, what this race shows above anything else is just how fast EVs are and just how quick these two flagships are in relation to anything with a traditional combustion engine. Well, except maybe the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
It also proves that Tesla knows what it is doing when it comes to performance. The Model S Raven with Cheetah Stance is incredibly fast and it offers almost identical performance to the Porsche Taycan Turbo S for a lot less money.
So, in our minds, in the arena of insanely fast, exotic-car-shaming EV performance, both the Model S Raven and Taycan Turbo S are winners. We know some Tesla fans hate hearing that, but it’s true.