The 911 is, without a doubt, the most legendary model in the Porsche range. This sports car has been in uninterrupted production since 1963, the year in which it replaced the 356, the first car of the German brand. Today, the Porsche 911 is one of the most successful sports cars in history along with the Ford Mustang and Mazda MX-5, as well as an irreplaceable icon for fans.
The newcomer Taycan is opposed in his approach to 911: while the latter remains faithful to its anachronistic “all-back” mechanical arrangement (the engine is “hung” behind the rear axle), the youngest child of Porsche is a very modern Electric model sitting on the J1 platform, with a skate-board configuration (flat batteries on the bottom, electric motors on the axles).
Although the Taycan departs from the Porsche tradition at a technical level, it maintains its philosophy in all other respects: from its luxurious interior to careful dynamic behavior, the Taycan can be considered a full member of this illustrious German lineage. Even its aesthetics draws directly from the typical design of the firm, with proportions that resemble a four-door 911 thanks to its characteristic drop in the roof, the shapes of the C-pillar, and the vast wheel arches.
However, when it comes to the truth, which one is faster? The carwow channel has wanted to find out, so it has made a comparison between the most performance versions of both models: the 911 Turbo S and the Taycan Turbo S (surname maintained by tradition, as it is logical, the Taycan does not actually have a turbo ).
The Porsche 911 Turbo S has a 650hp (478kW) turbocharged six-cylinder engine, thanks to which it is capable of 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S for its part reaches 761 hp (560 kW), although it completes the 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds, a figure slightly lower than that of its veteran brother.
This theoretical difference is confirmed in the carwow acceleration test, in which 911 wins by a narrow margin (it completes the quarter-mile in 10.2 seconds, compared to Taycan’s 10.3 seconds). However, this is still a bittersweet victory. Its first generation has managed almost to match the performance of a more expensive pure sports car with nearly 60 years of evolution behind it. 911 has reached the peak of its trajectory, while Taycan is only just starting it.