It’s time to cancel your Taycan/Model S reservation? [Video]

Imagine for a second that you’re in the market for a fast, luxury, four-seat electric car and money really isn’t an issue. Maybe you don’t even need to imagine because that’s actually your reality – in this case, congratulations, and I hate you a little.

[This is part of an ongoing collaboration between Electrek and Fully Charged.]

Tesla Model S Plaid, Porsche Taycan Turbo, or Audi RS e-Tron GT?

In that case, you’ll have exactly three options to choose from, all of them costing a little less than £140,000 ($194,000), once you’ve specified them a bit: Tesla Model S Plaid, Porsche Taycan Turbo, and Audi RS e-tron GT.

Soon, coincidentally, they’ll be joined by a fourth contender in the shape of the long-awaited Lucid Air, a car I’ve been itching to finally get my hands on, but I hold back.

The burning question is, what car should you spend your hard-earned hypothetical £140k on? To me, Audi just trails Porsche, with Tesla a few ways behind both of them. Allow me to explain why.

Let’s start with the Model S. While I haven’t seen plaid myself yet (and sadly there are no signs of it appearing in the UK anytime soon), I’ve seen it online and spent enough time getting a performance Model S to understand its general essence. For. In typical Tesla fashion, the range is unparalleled, the performance absurd, the self-driving technology astonishing, and the user interface a delight.

And yet I don’t want one at all. Partly because I’m sure the awkward gear selection position and gimmicky yoke steering wheel would annoy me on a daily basis, but mostly because, parked next to an Audi or Porsche, the Model S is clearly in both the inside and out. Will look and feel cheap. . When you spend an imaginary £140k on a posh car, you don’t get what you want.

I actually think the Model S is the best-looking Tesla (though, let’s be honest, that’s not saying much), but unfortunately for the Plaid, its two direct rivals are, in my opinion, two of the prettiest ever. There are EVs. And the quality of the cabins of German cars is in a different stratosphere than Tesla’s.

Then there’s Taycan. As has been well documented, it shares its J1 platform with Audi, but the two differ a lot more than you might think. Porsche is more purposeful and sporty in its own way. It’s a 2.2 ton EV that’s going to fool you into thinking it’s a low-slung sports car—a trick that pulls off remarkably well, thanks largely to Porsche’s trademark tasteful steering, as well For such a fat car with its attractive body controls. This was my favorite EV until I first switched to Audi.

the winner

The e-tron GT is my winner. Why? For one, I think it’s one of the finest pieces of car design in this century. The photos don’t do it justice—it’s a truly jaw-dropping thing in metal, and you’ll never get tired of seeing it on your driveway every morning. But mainly, I prefer it to a Porsche because I think it knows what kind of car it is a little bit better than the Taycan. That is to say, this luxury EV has no interest in convincing you that it is a sports car. The steering is lighter, the seats are squeaker, the whole car has a more laid-back personality, and I think it’s much better than that. It is a certified continent-crusher, a supreme grand tourer, and probably the most desirable electric car in the world at the moment… even if the rear seats are only suitable for children or those who have recently been beheaded Be.

Watch the video below for my full review of the RS e-tron GT and let me know which one you’ll have more in the comments: Tesla, Porsche, or Audi?

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