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Despite being a relative newcomer in the automobile industry, Tesla has rapidly made a name for itself. This is especially evident in the 2021 Tesla Model 3, which has fantastic acceleration, a minimalist design and supercharged based network. But what happens when it goes up against the Porsche 718, an exotic sports car which has received praise for its handling, build options and head turning looks?
Design & Style
The Porsche 718 is a two seater with rear wheel drive and the option of a roadster or coupe body style. Its curvature is lovely and similar to the Porsche 911, but it has distinct character lines, headlights and a minimized frame. Prominent cooling ducts can be seen in back, and the cabin features supple seats with a large centralized console and array of buttons.
The Tesla Model 3 comes in the form of a compact sedan which is completely electric. Unlike the Porsche, which relies on lots of buttons, within the Model 3 everything is controlled by touchscreen. Its door handles have been revised, and it now has a glossy black appearance which looks more sophisticated and edgy. The seats provide outstanding back support and the cabin is spacious.
Technology & Safety
Tesla’s safety has recently been featured in the news, and the coverage isn’t good. There have been several high profile accidents where the vehicle burst into flames and there is controversy surrounding both its brakes and autonomous handling. Still, it received both a Top Safety Pick award and the NHTSA gave it a five star rating. It has lane departure notifications, emergency automated brakes, multiple cameras and radar. Amenities within the cabin include a 15 inch display, climate control, powered seats and leather upholstery.
The Porsche 718 is equipped with most of the safety features found in the Tesla Model 3, including rear and front parking assistance, automated emergency brakes, blind area monitoring and cruise control. Luxuries within its cabin include powered seats that can be heated or cooled, mirrors which auto dim, seven inch displays, satellite radio and climate control which covers two zones.
Those that purchase the Porsche 718 GT4 or Spyder will get an inline 6, 4 liter engine that can generate 414 horsepower which allows is to accelerate from zero to sixty in just 4.2 seconds. Those that purchase the Tesla Model 3 Long Range edition can also accelerate from zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds.
The Bottom Line
While the Tesla Model 3 has impressive performance, there is too much controversy surrounding its safety, and despite its claims of offering self-driving, there are many who believe this advertising is both deceptive and dangerous. Additionally, the Tesla Model 3 makes excessive road noise, its assembly is inconsistent and everything revolves around the touch display, which makes the Porsche 718 the winner for those who don’t need to carry more than two passengers.
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When you’re in the neighborhood for a new 2021 Porsche 718, head over to our showroom. After shopping with Porsche Huntington, you will see that we are unlike any other dealership you’ve ever dealt with. We pride ourselves on exclusivity, technology, and the finest workmanship. The next time you need servicing on your Porsche or are in the market to purchase a new one, visit Porsche Huntington today. You’ll be glad you did.
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