How does Porsche’s EV stack up against its Panamera kin, as well as the best from BMW and Mercedes?

Purists will argue the Porsche Taycan’s competitors are other battery-electric sedans, such as the Tesla Model S. But not all consumers play by those rules. In fact, many shoppers simply want the best performing vehicle their money can buy.

That’s why we’ve pitted the high-output Porsche Taycan Turbo S against a handful of the quickest, mid-size gasoline and gasoline-electric hybrid sedans sold today. Specifically, the slinky Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4-Door Coupe, and the squarer BMW M5 Competition and Mercedes-AMG E63 S

  Porsche Taycan Turbo S Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid BMW M5 Competition Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4-Door Coupe Mercedes-AMG E63 S

Price

$185,000 $186,200 $110,000 $159,000 $106,350
Powertrain Two electric motors Twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 and electric motor  Twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 Twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 Twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8
Horsepower 750 hp 677 hp 617 hp 630 hp 603 hp
Torque 774 lb-ft 626 lb-ft 553 lb-ft 664 lb-ft 627 lb-ft
Transmission 2-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic 9-speed automatic
Drivetrain All-wheel drive All-wheel drive All-wheel drive All-wheel drive All-wheel drive
0-60 MPH Acceleration 2.6 seconds 3.2 seconds 3.1 seconds 3.1 seconds 3.3 seconds

Top Speed

162 mph 192 mph 190 mph 195 mph 186 mph
Weight 5,121 pounds 5,093 pounds 4,370 pounds 4,758 pounds 4,515 pounds

Predictably, the near-immediacy of the Taycan Turbo S’s 750-horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque helps the electric Porsche off the line with launch control engaged (the motors top out at 616 ponies without launch control). Sixty miles per hour arrives in a hair-raising 2.6 seconds, or 0.5 second ahead of the next quickest options, the 617-hp BMW M5 Competition and the 630-horse Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4-Door Coupe. 

With only two gear ratios for its rear motor (the front motor runs a single ratio), the all-wheel-drive Taycan Turbo S’s top speed of 162 miles per hour is more than 20 mph slower than that of its gas-sipping competitors, which offer seven-, eight-, and nine-speed gearboxes. That said, it’s unlikely typical buyers will ever reach any of these super sedans’ top speeds, and the Taycan Turbo S’s superior straight-line acceleration is sure to make more of an impact on shoppers’ day-to-day driving experience.

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