The auto world was shocked when 2019 Tesla Model S beat Porsche Taycan at Nurburgring


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The 2019 Tesla Model S beating 2020 Porsche Taycan’s Nurburgring record caused shock waves in the auto industry. Check below to see how it was possible.


Electric fast sedans have become the rave when it comes to their comfort level, performance, fuel economy and luxury. Increasingly, also they have become record breakers on the racing circuit, breaking lap time records. The 2019 Tesla Model S and the new Porsche Taycan have been on the radar recently for quite impressive lap times.

The Tesla Model S has been revealed by its automaker to clock an unofficial time of 7:23 minutes in a prototype testing, beating the Porsche Taycan lap time of 7:42 minutes (approximately by 20 seconds) set not quite long ago at Nurburgring, Germany, which is acknowledged as the toughest track on earth. Both of these brands are strong competition for each other. However, the Tesla Model S beating the Taycan caught many pundits n the wrong foot. Question is, how did the American EV do this? Let's take a  moment to observe the performance specs and other features of both cars.


Both The Tesla Model S (above) an the Porsche Taycan (below) are premium EV sedans

Overview of 2019 Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S is an all-electric sedan produced by Tesla Inc. which was first introduced on June 2012. As of April 2019, the new Tesla Model S was unveiled, being the first long range and widely desired electric car which majority of manufacturers in the automobile industry have been contending to catch up with ever since; having a range of EPA higher than any other electric car. The Tesla model S is fresher to drive or live in.


The Tesla Model S used to be king of the EV pack before the Porsche Taycan came along

Overview of 2020 Porsche Taycan

The Porsche Taycan is also an all-electric sedan manufactured by Porsche, the German automobile manufacturer. The Taycan Nurburgring was unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show as being the first series of Porsche’s electric car. The Porsche Taycan has been built to maximize the mode of Porsche energy efficiency besides the usual sport-like, sport plus and normal setting.


The Porsche Taycan heralds a new age of high performance EV sedans for family use

How did the Tesla Model S beat the Porsche Taycan?

Ever wondered why one of these sedans was reported to beat the other? Well, let’s take a look at their features before we address the electric elephant in the room: 

Engine and performance specs
Category  2019 Tesla Model S  2020 Porsche Taycan 
Engine Electric Electric
Horsepower 503-horsepower, @6,150 rpm (375 kW) 750-horsepower (90 kW)
Transmission 1-speed auto transmission 1-speed direct-drive (front), 2-speed automatic (rear)
Torque 487lb ft 750lb ft
EPA rating 102 mpg city and 105 highway driving Over 155 mph (0-62 mph less than 3 seconds)
Layout All-wheel drive All-wheel drive

This duo is built on electric engines output. The 2020 Porsche Taycan comes with a higher horsepower of about 750 hp that is more than the 2019 Tesla Model S of 503 hp. They go close on the same transmission with the Porsche Taycan’s torque also recorded as higher than that of the Tesla Model S. Both sedans also come with the same drivetrain of an all-wheel drive design amongst others. At face value it would seem the Taycan will trump the Model S everytime, however the Tesla still pulled a miacle out of thin air.


Chassis of the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan, both impressive

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Design comparison of Tesla Model S & Porsche Taycan

Below is our brief summary of interior and exterior styling between 2019 Tesla Model S and 2020 Porsche Taycan. You may think the styling hardly affects car performance, but it does.

Category   2019 Tesla Model S 2020 Porsche Taycan 

Wheel Base









54.3 in



 Seat capacity  5 seats   5 seats
 Navigation systems  
  • 17-inch touchscreen managing most of the car’s audio and climate operations along with navigation, vehicle settings and cabin controls.


  • Wi-fi-hotspot




  • Voice activated controls



  • Bluetooth


  • Two USB ports,
  • Air infiltration system
  • Ambient lifting and rear-view camera
  • 16.8-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel featuring four display moods.
  • The dashboard houses a 10.9-inch touchscreen which the driver controls all vehicle functions
  • Elevated 8.4-inch touchscreen in the center console
  • Air vents are operated digitally
  • 5.9-inch touchscreen in the back to allow rear-seat passengers choose their preferred settings
  • And other infotainment techs all rebranded e.g. USB ports, etc.
 Safety techs  
  • Autopilot


  • Automatic emergency braking


  • Lane Departure warning 
  • 8 standard airbags and optional side airbags
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane Departure warning 
  •  LED headlights


  • Parking censors
  • Blindspot warning
  • Automatic wipers
  • Four-point LED headlights
  • Body combo of aluminum and steel blend for its mixture of strength and lightweight

The Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan can be seen to have similar features in their dimensions with the former having a slightly higher height, length and wheelbase as opposed to the latter’s width being higher. Both have the same seating capacity.

Talking of perfrmance, the Porsche Taycan has a longer lasting battery system than the Tesla Model S.  Both sedans' safety techs are worthy of note vis-à-vis other similar features like the LED headlights, etc.

With all these features that both sedans possess, and with the 2020 Porsche Taycan being more of a higher horsepower of about 750, isn’t it amazing that the Tesla Model S reportedly beat the Porsche Taycan at the Nurburgring lap time? So how did the Tesla do it?

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Cockpit-of-Tesla Model S-and-Porsche-Taycan

Cockpits of the premium EV sedans, Tesla Model S has an easy to access cluster 

Possible reasons why Tesla Model S could beat Porsche Taycan

Now we can look at how Tesla Model S may have beaten the Porsche Taycan

  1. Tesla Model S has a faster initial acceleration from zero that is two tenths of one second than tht of the Porsche Taycan. 
  2. The Tesla Model S also can boast of more range per charge than the Porsche Taycan, a sweet 370 miles (EPA rated). 
  3. There is also availbale an amazing  second level driver-assistance technology which is known as Autopilot. This gives you somehing that looks like self-driving functions within certan parameters.
  4. Wireless OTA (Over the air) software updates are a feature few cars can boast of having perfected and the Tesla has that. It is expected that the Taycan will eventually offer this, but to what degree of frequency and efficiency is not known yet.
  5. Also, Tesla's charging supercahrger network may not have contributed directly to this victory, but makes it possible to drive a Tesla without necessary owning a supercahrger.


The winner by 20 whole seconds, but how long will it last?

While these may not totally have been the reasons for the Tesla Model S better lap time, the are a strong collective edge. Other reasons could also make you opt for the Tesla instead of the Porsche. Let us consider your pocket. 

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Prices of 2019 Tesla Model S and 2020 Porsche Taycan

Refer to this table below for the latest prices of 2019 Tesla Model S and 2020 Porsche Taycan.

Model MSRP* 
2019 Tesla Model S Basic (Standard Range)



2019 Tesla Model S Well-Equipped (Long Range)



2019 Tesla Model S Loaded (P100D)



2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo



2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S



*MSRP: Manufacturer's suggested retail prices, excluding import tax, delivery fees or clearing cost.

Can we say that the Porsche Taycan is perhaps the best all round EV sedan on the market now? This is just a brief about the Possible reasons the relative under-dog Tesla Model S took it down. How long this will last is anybody's guess however, because there are strong rumors that the Porsche Taycan Turbo is going to crush the Model S once and for all.

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).


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