Porsche Taycan Spied Testing Against Rival Tesla Model S

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Porsche brought two Taycan test mules to the Stelvio Pass, using a Tesla Mosel S as a yardstick.

Much hype will surround the Porsche Taycan when it finally is revealed to the world, and Porsche is making sure potential owners will experience a car better than any competitor on the road. As such, two Taycan prototypes have been spied testing on Italy’s Stelvio Pass against the Tesla Model S.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Porsche would test against their future rival, especially as Porsche goes after its first full EV. In the testing seen here, we have to assume that every-day usability is under the microscope, as there’s no fast-paced action, even though Stelvio Pass offers challenges of its own. Tight turning radius is a requirement on this twisty alpine pass, and the regenerative part of the EV’s powertrain would surely be put to the test on the steep declines that lead to each hairpin turn.

Porsche Taycan testing spy shot

It all looks a bit tame, but that’s likely the desired outcome, too. One Taycan prototype stops at the base of the pass for a short amount of time, however. At this point, we can only speculate that it was for data analysis.

Porsche Taycan testing spy shot

Obviously, if it’s a Porsche, it’ll eventually be track tested, and that will be where Porsche can truly shine above its rival. Although the Tesla is widely known to be blisteringly quick in a straight line, its heft prevents it from being a superstar in the twisty roads. Porsche will require those attributes, and not compromise with the Taycan.

If Porsche can infuse some of the 919 Hybrid Tribute technology into the Taycan, it will be an astonishing performer. Will it, too, set Nurburgring records, as well as other tracks all across the globe? It’s a tall ask for an EV, but Porsche likes to show that they mean business.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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