Now that Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the company's research and development team have revealed the existence of upcoming 'Plaid Powertrain' variants, a few questions come to the recently announced competition. Will Porsche Taycan's technical performance be overshadowed before it has even been enjoyed by future customers? Will Taycan reservation holders decide to wait for Tesla's latest Model S to come out before buying Porsche?
Musk's last act to stop the competition looks as if it can be as effective as he hopes it will be. Brian from YouTube channel i1Tesla summarized the move upward in a message to Porsche: "Your car is not even out yet, and Teslas decides what to do … With powertrain technology and battery technology … Tesla is so superior." Brian further believed that what Taycan eventually achieved is in line with what Tesla did with the Model S in 201
As its flagship electric car, Porsche considers Taycan as one of the most important vehicles since 911. It is priced in the same bracket as the iconic sports car, around $ 150,000 , and claims a battery range near 240 miles per charge with a 100 kWh battery pack. A current Model S performance, which now includes Ludicrous Mode and Autopilot as a standard offer, has about 100 extra miles of range than Taycan's ratings and has a price tag of around $ 50,000 less. Maybe there are significant differences in the driving experience for both cars and customers they are designed to appeal to have differences too, but on paper there is definitely a nod to Tesla's current Model S. When the new Roadster is on the market, of course, is a a completely different comparison will be on the table.
While the forthcoming "updated" Model S and X are arguably exciting enough to depress future sales of Taycan, the other question is whether the latest checkered centered announcement will affect or not Tesla's sales as well. Musk has said that the newer versions will be more expensive than today's offerings, but it is not clear that the additional cost will deter buyers from investing in the superior battery and powertrain that comes with them. New Model S and X sales may suffer as a result if customers take the "wait and see" approach.
Musk cited this particular concern when it came to Model Y. If customers stopped buying Model 3 in favor of waiting for Model Y, Tesla would have major consequences for this, especially given that annual sales expectations for the electric intersection will be estimated to be around 1 million units per year. This was probably the reason why the unveiling of the Model Y was particularly subdued compared to other unveiling. However, it was probably important for Tesla's long-term investment to show the progress being made towards a vehicle that is hoped to be a game changer in the electric car market (and larger car market overall) despite this risk.
The results of the so-called battle between Porsche Taycan and Tesla's current and future Model S offerings remain to be seen. The first front looks like it will take place on the Nürburgring race track in West Germany when Tesla tries to beat Taycan's 7 minutes and 42 seconds of run time using a Plaid prototype Model S (or other variants) with a roller cage and 7 seats. For the record, Brian at i1Tesla has put his games on a Tesla time of 7 minutes and 38 seconds. Pay attention!