Elon Musk mocks the new Porsche Taycan Turbo on Twitter as the Tesla Model S rival does not actually have a turbocharger. | Source: (i) Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP (ii) Source: Patrick Pleul / dpa / AFP; Edited by CCN
Tesla fans have been waiting on tenterhooks for CEO Elon Musk’s response to the new Porsche Taycan Turbo, an EV which is specifically targeted to compete with the flagship Model S. That moment is here, as Musk trolled Porsche on Twitter for using “Turbo” in the name of a car that obviously has no turbocharger.
Um @Porsche, this word Turbo does not mean what you think it does
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 5, 2019
Elon Musk Not Impressed With New Porsche EV
The competition has been lining up for Tesla, but Elon Musk doesn’t sound too concerned about an automotive great like Porsche finally launching a fully electric vehicle. When you look at the facts, perhaps he shouldn’t be.
Taycan Loses Out to Tesla Model S in Many Categories
The obtusely named Taycan is not faster than the Model S. Nor will the new Porsche have a longer range than Musk’s Tesla. Both cars take roughly the same time to charge, which gives the edge to the Tesla here as well given its greater battery capacity. Finally, there is the fact that the Taycan Turbo costs almost double the Model S even before you start adding on basic but pricey upgrades.
So where does Porsche claim its edge? In the consistency of its performance. Evidently, this is not the sexiest sales pitch of all time,