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Taycan vs. Model S

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There has been quite a bit of debate on if the Tesla Model S or the Porsche Taycan is the better car. There are no easy answers and it depends far more on what someone is looking for. That said, we’ve compiled all of the know facts of competitive Tesla and Taycan models for a side-by-side comparison. (Mar-2021)

Basic Facts

Basic facts are from the manufacturer’s websites on 2021 vehicles. The updated Model S LR begins deliveries in March 2021. The Plaid+ is expected in mid-2022. The Taycan 4S with the standard battery is not in production yet and shows what is coming later this year. The EPA only data for the 2020 Taycan, but we believe it is still the same for 2021.

While it’s hard to make a total apples-to-apples comparison, there are many extra options in the Taycan models that are included in the base price of the Tesla Model S. We’ve included a chart of these items and prices to come up with our Prices with equivalent options. For the Price with every option, we included every available option from the manufacturer’s websites. Any combo packages that save money were chosen over individual items. We did not include incompatible options but choose the most expensive option for a category when such a choice was available.

Item
Model S LR
Model S Plaid+
Taycan 4S
Taycan Turbo S
Base Price
$79,990
$149.990
$103,800
$185,000
Price with Equivalent Options (see list)
$79,990
$149.990
$133,519
$201,620
Price with every Option (not equivalent)
$99,990
$168,490
$209,885
$257,390
Possible IRS Tax Credit
0
0
$7,500
$7,500
EPA Range
412 mi
520 mi (est)
172 mi (est)
192 mi
EPA Efficiency (lower kWh is better)
31 kWh/100 mi
31 kWh/100 mi (est)
41 kWh/100 mi (est)
50 kWh/100 mi
Battery Power
100 kWh
unknown
79.2 kWh
93.4 kWh
Battery Usable
95 kWh (est)
unknown
71.0 kWh
83.7 kWh
Battery Type
18650 Cell
4680 Cell
Pouch
Pouch
Battery Vendor
Tesla/Panasonic
Tesla/Panasonic
LG Chem
LG Chem
Maxium Speed
155 mph
200 mph
155 mph
162 mph
0 to 60 mph
3.1 sec
< 1.99 sec
3.8 sec
2.6 sec
Maximum Regen
50 kW
?
265 kW
265 kW
Cargo Space, Seats Up
28.0 cu ft
28.0 cu ft
14.3 cu ft
12.9 cu ft
Cargo Space, Seats Down
60.2 cu ft
60.2 cu ft
14.3 cu ft
12.9 cu ft
Seats (standard/optional)
5/7*
5/7*
4/5*
4/5*
Max Charging Rate
250 kW
250 kW
270 kW
270 kW
Max Charging Speed
800 mi/hour
800 mi/hour (est)
658 mi/hour
540 mi/hour
Alternate Charging Rate**
150 kW
150 kW
50 kW
50 kW
Alternate Charging Speed
483 mi/hour
483 mi/hour (est)
122 mi/hour
100 mi/hour
Best AC Charging Rate
11.25 kW
11.25 kW
9.6 kW/19.2 kW*
9.6 kW/19.2 kW*
Charging Standards Supported
Tesla, CHAdeMO*
Tesla, CHAdeMO*
CCS
CCS
Cd (drag coefficient)
0.208
0.208
0.22
0.25
Weight
4,561 lbs
4,766 lbs
4,947 lbs
5,101 lbs

* Optional, extra cost
** Based on prior generation DC stalls. Taycan includes 50 kW charging standard, and has optional up to 150 kW charging at 400V CCS for those stalls that support this rate.

Options

This is a price list of the minimal options required in either car to get a similar level of features.

Feature Model S LR Model S Plaid+ Taycan 4S Taycan Turbo S
Adaptive Cruise Control
Included
Included
$2,050
$2,050
Fifth Seat Package
Included
Included
$480
$480
Frunk Liner
Included
Included
$158
Included
Heated Steering Wheel
Included
Included
$280
$280
High End Surround Sound System
Included
Included
$7,000
$5,810
High Power 400V DC Charger
Included
Included
$460
$460
Interior Carbon Fiber
Included
Included
$2,460
Included
Mobile Charger Cable
Included
Included
$1,120
$1,120
Painted Calipers
N/A
Included
$900
Included
Painted Exterior Mirrors
Included
Included
$660
$660
Power Charge Port Cover
Included
Included
$640
Included
Power Folding Mirrors
Included
Included
$330
$330
Premium Package (Glass roof, LCA, Memory seat, etc.)
Included
Included
$7,170
$4,240
Seat Heating Front and Rear
Included
Included
$530
Included
Seat Material, Simulated Leather
Included
Included
$4,130
Included
Thermal Glass
Included
Included
$1,130
Included
Trunk Liner
Included
Included
$221
Included
TOTAL
0
0
$29,719
$16,620

Features

This is a list of feature differences, where one car offers something different than another. There are many features all these cars offer, and these are not listed.

Special Features/Options
Model S LR
Model S Plaid+
Taycan 4S
Taycan Turbo S
360 Degree Driving Visualization
Yes
Yes
No
No
Adaptive Rear Spoiler
No
No
Yes
Yes
All Aluminum Body
Yes
Yes
Partial
Partial
Auto Extending Door Handles
Yes
Yes
No
No
Base Displays area, combined
200 sq in. est.
200 sq in. est.
143 sq in. (3 screens)
143 sq in. (3 screens)
Blind Spot Warning
Full Visualization
Full Visualization
LED Light
LED Light
Birds Eye View for Parking
Soon
Soon
Optional
Optional
Charge at CCS (North America)
No
No
Yes
Yes
Charge at CHAdeMO
Optional
Optional
No
No
Charge free at Destination Connections
Yes
Yes
No
No
Charge at Superchargers
Yes
Yes
No
No
Climate Dog Mode & Camp Mode
Yes
Yes
No
No
Climate Zones
2
2
2 (4 optional)
2 (4 optional)
Connection for services
1 year free
1 year free
3 years free
3 years free
Connection Monthly price
$10/mo
$10/mo
$40/mo
$40/mo
Crash Testing, All Categories
5-Stars
5-Stars
Untested
Untested
Cup holders
4
4
4
4
Displays
3
3
3 (+1 optional)
3 (+1 optional)
Fake Engine Sounds
No
No
Yes
Yes
Free Charging*
1000 miles
1000 miles
3 years
3 years
Full Regen with no pedal application
Yes
Yes
No
No
Full-Self-Driving
Optional
Optional
No
No
Games
Yes
Yes
No
No
Heat Pump
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
HEPA Air Filtration
Yes
Yes
No
No
Homelink
Location aware
Location aware
Generic
Generic
Infotainment
Tesla
Tesla
CarPlay
CarPlay
Memory Seat
Yes
Yes
Optional
Optional
OTA updates
Yes
Yes
Limited
Limited
Radio AM
No
No
No
No
Radio FM, with HD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Radio XM, free service period
None
None
3 months
3 months
Rear Axle Steering
No
No
Optional
Yes
Rear Seat Fold-down
Yes
Yes
No
No
Seat Belt Height Adjusters
No
No
Yes
Yes
Seat Material, Standard
Ultra-Leather
Ultra-Leather
Partial Leather
Leather
Sentry Mode
Yes
Yes
No
No
Streaming Services
Yes
Yes
only with Phone
only with Phone
Transmission Gear Selection, Front
1
1
1
1
Transmission Gear Selection, Rear
1
1
2
2
Video Services (Netflix, Hulu, etc.)
Yes
Yes
No
No
Washer Nozzle Heater
Yes
Yes
No
No
Wiper Blade Defroster
Yes
Yes
No
No

* For Tesla, 1000 miles free promotion is not always avaiable. For Porsche, EA free charging is limited to the first 30 minutes per session.

Intangibles

This is our take on various aspects of these vehicles. They are our opinion, with similar views from major reviewers.

Category
Model S LR
Model S Plaid+
Taycan 4S
Taycan Turbo S
Brand
Fresh Innovator
Fresh Innovator
Legacy Performance
Legacy Performance
Customization
Limited
Limited
Extreme
Extreme
Driver Assistance Ratings*
One of the best
One of the best
Below average
Below average
Driver Assistance Option Cost**
$10,000
$10,000
$5,760
$5,760
Exterior Style
Understated Sedan
Understated Sedan
Flashy Sedan
Flashy Sedan
Handling
Very Good
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Interior Style
Minimalist
Minimalist
Modern
Modern
Service
Mobile and Shops
Mobile and Shops
Shop only
Shop only
UI Ease of Use
Excellent
Excellent
Average
Average

* Consumer Reports, Feburary 2021 Issue
** Taycan only offers a subset of Tesla FSD features

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