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The Electric Porsche That Caused A Billionaire Beef Between Musk and Gates

The Electric Porsche That Caused A Billionaire Beef Between Musk and Gates

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Tuesday morning was home to a Twitter feud between the two new-founding fathers of America, Bill Gates and Elon Musk. Gates had previously mentioned in an interview that he had bought his first electric car, a Porsche Taycan Turbo S.

Musk was far from thrilled with his vehicle of choice and wasn't reluctant to share his opinions about the founder of Microsoft on Twitter.

My conversations with Gates have been underwhelming tbh

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 18, 2020


It is no doubt that both are excellent cars, however, Porsche is relatively new to the electric sports car scene. Taycan was first unveiled in September as Tesla’s newest competition in the market.

When we look at the two from the price standpoint, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S' website price tag is $185,000. This is a lot higher than Tesla’s price range since the cheapest Model S you can get is $74,490, while Taycan 4S, which is the cheapest Porsche Taycan option, is $103,800.

However, we highly doubt that Bill Gates was thinking about the price when he was on the hunt for electric cars.

When speed considered, Taycan Turbo S accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. Tesla Model S can do the same in 2.4 seconds.

The estimated EPA for Taycan Turbo S is around 192 miles, while Model S' estimated range is 390 miles.

The electric Porsche has some autonomous features, however, they’re designed as safety measures and don't really provide the full autopilot experience. Model S, on the other hand, has an Autopilot package available for an extra $7,000.

Needless to say, there is no rivalry here. Both models have their ups and downs, so it's just a matter of taste at the end of the day.

However, we should say that Gates' purchasing a Porsche doesn’t come as a surprise. Gates has purchased numerous Porsches in the past, and his preferring a Porsche to go fully-electric is just a safe move on his part.

Watch the video: Tesla CEO Elon Musk comments on Bill Gates Porsche purchase (December 2022).