A German magazine has conducted an epic petrol versus electric car track test, with surprising results. 
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The new Porsche Taycan electric car has lined up against a BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition in a head-to-head track test in Germany in the hands of a race driver thanks to AutoBild magazine.

While we won’t give away the result – even though you might guess it – we will say it was closer than many would expect.

For diehard petrol heads, the test shows there is still plenty of life left in fossil-fuel-powered performance cars.

For electric car nerds, there may be some bragging rights given how close the performance was among these two vehicles.

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S has a combined peak output of 560kW/1050Nm thanks to two electric motors that deliver all-wheel-drive. It has a claimed 0 to 100kmh time of 2.8 seconds and weighs 2339kg.

The BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition edition is powered by a twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 (460kW/750Nm) matched to an eight-speed auto and all-wheel-drive. It has a claimed 0 to 100kmh time of 3.2 seconds and weighs 1945kg.

The vehicles were track tested at the Lausitzring, in the north-east of Germany near the borders of Poland and the Czech Republic.

Here’s the full video so you can see the results for yourself.