If your day isn’t going great, then watching this video of a Tesla Model 3 Performance as it wrecks a Porsche 911 Carerra S will make it better.
Tesla’s premium budget car, the Tesla Model 3 Performance, was pitted against the Porsche 911 Carerra S in a series of drag races, rolling acceleration tests and braking tests by Matt Watson, from Carwow UK.
Matt, who also owns a Porsche himself, drove the Tesla Model 3 Performance, while the 911 Carerra S was driven by another driver.
Here’s how the battle between the Tesla Model 3 Performance Vs. Porsche 911 Carerra S played out.
Tesla Model 3 Performance Wrecks Porsche 911 Carerra S
For starters, both cars aren’t similar at all. Besides the noticeable difference of one being an electric and the Porsche being a gas guzzler, there’s a lot more to them.
The Tesla Model 3 Performance is an All-Wheel Drive four-door electric sedan that produces 490 HP and 660 Nm of torque. It has no gearbox and two electric motors, one on each axle. The price of the Tesla Model 3 Performance in the UK is £53,000.
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The Porsche 911 Carerra S makes 450 HP and 530 Nm of torque from a 3.0L flat-six engine. It is a Rear-Wheel Drive car with a rear-placed engine. Porsche’s starting price is £93,000.
In terms of horsepower, both cars are slightly similar. However, the Tesla Model 3 Performance produces more torque. But the Model 3 weighs 1847 kg or 4,063 pounds while the Porsche weighs around 1,590 kg or 3,498 pounds, which is a 257 kg or 565-pound weight advantage the Porsche has.
What also makes a world of difference in the top-end performance of these vehicles is the twin turbochargers in 911.
With all that out of the way, let’s analyze what happened during each test. In the first quarter-mile race, the Tesla Model 3 Performance won by scoring a time of 11.8 seconds while the Porsche completed it in 12.1 seconds.
Before the second race, the Porsche’s driver thought of warming up the car’s tires for better performance, and so he did. The trick worked as the 911 scored a perfect launch and managed to complete the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds, beating the Model 3 Performance, which came in at 11.8 seconds.
During the third quarter-mile race, the Tesla Model 3 barely lost as the Porsche came in just 0.1 seconds quicker than the Model 3 at 11.7 seconds.
What followed the quarter-mile drag race was an acceleration test. Matt wanted to see which car among the two could reach 110 mph first from a cruising speed of 50 mph.
The Tesla Model 3 won this test, and the Porsche overtook the Tesla at around 130 mph. During the second try of the same test, the Porsche 911 overtook the Tesla Model 3 Performance at 126 mph.
The last experiment was a braking test. Here, both the cars had to brake from 70 mph from a particular point. Both vehicles stopped at almost the same distance, but the Tesla Model 3 Performance technically won and wrecked the Porsche 911.
Tesla Model 3 Performance Strength And Weaknesses
The Model 3 Performance is a simple, fast, and environment-friendly car. As Matt explains, there is no ludicrous mode in Model 3, and it’s just ready to go fast all the time. One only has to put their foot down, and the car is gone.
While it does run a little short in the top end, I reckon with some weight reduction mods, the Model 3 can easily slide down to 11.5 seconds of quarter-mile timing.
If rumors of an upcoming new 2020 Tesla Model 3, packing in a 100 kWh battery is to be believed, the future Model 3 could be as powerful as the more premium Tesla Model S.
We need to look at it this way, with almost a £40,000 price difference between the Tesla Model 3 Performance and the Porsche 911 Carerra S, the latter only managed to gain a small leap in a quarter-mile drag race.
Add to the bunch the super-high fuel economy of the Tesla Model 3, which is more than 100 mpge, and the Porsche is starting to look like it offers very little for a lot more.
Matt also asked his viewers to predict the winner of this competition, and at the time of writing this article, around 60% of the votes were in favor of Tesla Model 3 Performance.
I guess Matt will need to remove the “shock result” from his video title after the poll ends.