The new Porsche Taycan is the Stuttgart brand's new EV baby, and by all accounts, it's a seriously remarkable automobile in terms of speed, handling, technology, design, and craftsmanship. But at the end of the day, everyone wants to know if it can beat a Tesla Model S. The video below shows somewhat clear evidence by pitting the top trim Taycan Turbo S against the Tesla P100D. We say somewhat clear because, well, see if you can notice... 

If you take a close look at 0.28 vs. 0:31, you'll see the two cars have magically switched sides with the Taycan going from the bottom of the screen to the other lane when the perspective changes. We're not quite sure what happened there, but it is a bit odd. 

We don't doubt the top-trim Taycan can beat the P100D (but some have contested that the P100D is last year's model and not the new Tesla S "Raven" Edition, which supposedly handles better and is faster even though it posts the same 0-60 time as the P100D), and the P100D in the video was in Ludicrous mode. It's also taking place on wet pavement, which explains the fact that no clocked times were posted. The Model S "Plaid" P100D+ is yet another permutation of the Model S that has three motors, and that one looks like it has been specially made to crush the Taycan. 

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A shot of the special Model S Plaid P100D+ at the Nürburgring track. (image: Autocar).

Elon Musk has been pretty hot under the collar about the Porsche Taycan lately. He's been smug about the proclaimed superiority of his Telsa Model S in tweets by cutting down the new Taycan Turbo and Turbo S EV. 

Porsche's claim is that the Taycan will also outhandle the Model S, which we find totally believable. When you watch the quick lane change by both vehicles in the video, you can see the Model S has trouble with handling and gets squirrely during the process. The Taycan Turbo S, however, looks totally composed during the exercise. 

There's no doubt more warfare will take place between the two carmakers, but Porsche clearly has a longstanding reputation for performance and quality on its side, whereas Tesla has simply been dominant at drag races caught on video, beating the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, and Lamborghini, which are no small feats. We also expect Elon Musk to throw more madness out on social media, if only for the sake of entertainment value.