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Which Is The Quickest EV For $70,000-$80,000? Tesla Model Y vs Porsche Taycan Standard Model

It is always interesting to watch videos of electric vehicle races. The instant torque and power that the motor can provide make electric vehicle drag races very exciting. On top of that, there is a lot of new competition cropping up in the EV market currently. So, it is good to see these new cars pitted up against each other.

Tesla Model Y vs Porsche Taycan Standard Model
Credit – Edmunds

Tesla Model Y vs Porsche Taycan Standard Model

Porsche recently unveiled its base variant for the Taycan. With a 402-bhp output with launch control and a price of around $80,000, it is an exciting yet reasonably-priced Porsche. It has a rear-wheel-drive transmission. The removal of the front motor shaves 90 kg off the total weight of the vehicle. Of course, this means that it is less powerful than the other three, but in all other respects, it is the same.

It will feature a 79.2 kWh battery pack, which is capable of providing 402 bhp and 345 Nm of torque (with launch control). This variant is capable of completing the quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds, which is decent enough for its price tag. It has a top speed of 143 mph (230 kph) and DC fast charging up to 225 kW. It accelerates up to 60 mph (96.5 kph) in 5.1 seconds, weighs around 2,060 kg.

While the Porsche Taycan is part of the segment led by Tesla Model S, it has been found out many times that Model S delivers better performance at a much cheaper price. So, used cars seller and vehicle-reviewing company Edmunds decided to change things up a bit.

A Crossover SUV vs A Sporty Sedan

With the Model S comfortably beating the Porche Taycan numerous times, Edmunds decided to downgrade the Tesla vehicle in the competition a bit. The result – Porsche Taycan Standard went up against Tesla’s crossover SUV, the Model Y.

Model Y is Tesla’s latest vehicle in the lineup and one of the hottest-selling cars as well. It combines performance with utility and also provides a very good range of 244 to 326 miles (393 to 525 km), depending on the variant. The Performance variant accelerates from 0-60 mph (96.5 kph) in 3.5 seconds and weighs just over 2000 kg. The all-wheel-drive gives an output of 456 bhp. With options, it costs close to $70,000.

It might sound a bit weird to race a crossover SUV with a sporty sedan, but if you want to know which is the quickest EV priced between $70,000 and $80,000, then this is the contest you get.

The Contest

The contest consisted of three different drag runs – two from rest and one from a rolling start. The Taycan had launch control activated, which gave it almost 80 bhp more.

The first drag race saw the Model Y comfortably defeat the Taycan. The Taycan got a slightly better start, but the Model Y pulled away comfortably. By the end, the Taycan reached a speed of 106 mph (171 kph), but the Model Y was miles ahead.

In the second run, they decided to make things a little interesting. The Porsche was allowed to launch a second earlier than the Model Y. So, in essence, the Taycan would start after 3,2,1 and the Model Y would leave at GO. Despite that, the Model Y still zoomed away from the Porsche, making it another one-sided run.

Finally, they had a drag race with a rolling start. Both vehicles would reach the starting line at 30 mph and then go for it. The Taycan was actually at a disadvantage here, as the launch control couldn’t be used, which meant it had 321 bhp at disposal. The extra 135 bhp in the Model Y, combined with the fact that it is an all-wheel-drive, just made as one-sided as a contest can get.

Our Opinion

Model Y Performance is an exceptional vehicle. You can get it for a cost much cheaper than any of the Porsche Taycan variants, and still get better performance. Currently, among electric vehicles approximately ranging between $70,000 and $80,000, one can easily pick the Model Y as the quickest. Unless of course, the Ford Mustang Mach-E springs some surprises. Until then, it is Model Y all the way. You can watch this drag race between the Model Y and the Taycan below:

Mihir Tasgaonkar
Mihir Tasgaonkar
A mechanical engineer who loves reading and writing about new technologies in the automobile industry.


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