Tesla's upcoming power increase through software update will add 50 horsepower to Model S & # 39; s top production, according to CEO Elon Musk, who says the Model S Raven will now beat Porsche Taycan Turbo S in a quarter mile.
Earlier this week, we reported on one of the first real comparison tests between Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan.
We noticed that the Top Gear report looked "mostly fair" and gave a good look at the two vehicles, but we also noticed that something strange was going on with the results of the drag race:
We have expected the Taycan Turbo S to hit the Model S for a quarter mile, thanks in part to the two-speed gearbox, but the 0 to 60 mph acceleration is more surprising.
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Contrary to the German magazine's review, the sidewalk seems dry in Top Gear's review, so it's not clear what the problem is here.
However, they showed the use of launch control in Taycan, but they did not for Model S Performance, which requires initial control to get full effect.
Not showing it does not mean that they did not use it, but it can explain the difference.  Brooks from DragTimes, a YouTube channel specializing in drag racing, also analyzed the recordings and came to a similar conclusion and even claimed that Top Gear used older test results:
Now Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented on the analysis and said they were correct, adding that an upcoming software update would also ensure that Model S would win a quarter mile race against Taycan Turbo S :
“DragTimes analysis is correct. In addition, there is a software upgrade for the Model S that increases the peak power by 50 HP, so the Model S should beat the Porsche Taycan Turbo S by a larger margin of 0 to 60 and 1/4 mile runs. ”
The CEO first announced the increase in power, which was apparently achieved through engine control optimization, during Tesla's earnings results last week.
We reported that they started pushing the update to some vehicles earlier this week.
Don't you like the competition?
To be fair, Tesla always pushed to improve the vehicles even before there was any serious competition.
That said, Elon has referred to Porsche Taycan on several occasions regarding Model S performance and improvements.
It sounds like he really aims to make sure the Model S stays in the lead, and if he can do it through a software update, it's even better.
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