The Porsche Taycan Turbo S has a launch control system that temporarily increases power to 751 horsepower (560 kilowatts). A new drag racing video Motorsport Magazine shows how impressive its performance is by placing one against a BMW M8 Gran Coupe in the Competition version. With 617 hp (460 kW), the Bimmer hardly lacks power but not enough to follow the Porsche.
Even outside the line, the Taycan jumps forward and the BMW can do nothing to keep up. The instantaneous torque of the Porsche’s engines allows easy acceleration. The electric sedan continues to move away as the pair accelerates on the course.
According to official company figures, the Taycan Turbo S reaches 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 2.6 seconds, and the M8 Gran Coupe Competition takes 3.0 seconds to reach the same speed. On paper, it doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but this video puts things in perspective in the real world.
There is however a high price for this performance. A Taycan Turbo S starts at $ 187,610, and the cost can go well beyond $ 200,000 with options. The BMW is cheaper but not much because the M8 Gran Coupé competition costs $ 143,000.
At this point, there is no sign of a warmer Taycan on the way. Instead, Porsche introduces simplified variants, such as a single-engine rear-wheel drive version for China. The company is also looking to expand the range by launching the Cross Turismo station wagon before the end of the year. The brand’s next EV would be a variant of the new generation Macan.