Elon Musk took a shot at Bill Gates after the Microsoft founder said he bought Porsche’s electric sports car instead of a Tesla — here are the details on Gates’ new car

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The Porsche Taycan Turbo. Porsche

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in an interview that he bought Porsche‘s Taycan electric sports car, prompting Tesla CEO Elon Musk to call his conversations with Gates “underwhelming.”

Porsche released the Taycan at the end of last year. Here’s what you need to know about it.


Customers can choose between three trims for the Taycan: the Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo, and Taycan Turbo S.

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The Porsche Taycan Turbo S (left) and Turbo (right). Porsche

The Taycan 4S starts at $US103,800.

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The Porsche Taycan 4S. Porsche

The Taycan Turbo starts at $US150,900.

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The Porsche Taycan Turbo. Porsche

And the Taycan Turbo S starts at $US185,000.

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The Porsche Taycan Turbo S. Porsche

The Taycan Turbo and Turbo S have a top speed of 161 mph. The Taycan 4S can reach 155 mph.

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The Porsche Taycan Turbo. Porsche

The Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds or less, while the Taycan 4S can do the same in 3.8 seconds.

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The Porsche Taycan Turbo S. Porsche

The Turbo S model has up to 750 horsepower, the Turbo comes with 670 horsepower, and the 4S has up to 562 horsepower.

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The Taycan Turbo S. Porsche

Torque tops out at 774 foot-pounds.

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The Taycan Turbo S. Porsche

The Taycan Turbo can produce 626 foot-pounds of torque, while the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan 4S can produce up 774 foot-pounds and 479 foot-pounds of torque, respectively.


The Turbo and Turbo S each have a 93-kilowatt-hour battery. The Taycan 4S can be outfitted with a 79 kWh battery pack or a 93 kWh pack.

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The Taycan Turbo S. Porsche

The Taycan Turbo has a 201-mile range, while the Turbo S has a 192-mile range.

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The Taycan Turbo S. Porsche

Porsche does not list a range for the Taycan 4S on its website, which suggests the Environmental Protection Agency, which certifies electric-vehicle ranges in the US, has not yet tested the vehicle or published the results of its tests. Results for the 4S are not listed on the EPA fuel-economy website.


The Taycan can charge from 5% to 80% in 22.5 minutes under certain conditions, Porsche claims.

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The Taycan Turbo S. Porsche

Here’s what the charge port looks like.

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The Taycan Turbo S. Porsche

The dashboard looks much like a standard Porsche dashboard, but many of the controls have been moved to the touchscreens.

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The interior of the Porsche Taycan. Porsche

All three trims have a 16.8-inch digital instrument panel, a 10.9-inch infotainment screen, and an 8.4-inch touchpad below the screen for climate settings.


The Taycan’s instrument panel was inspired by that of the original Porsche 911.

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The Taycan’s interior. Porsche

Drivers have four display options to highlight speed, power, or navigation.


Many functions that would traditionally be controlled with switches or buttons are instead controlled with a touchpad, a screen, or voice commands.

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The Taycan’s interior. Porsche

The vehicles also integrate Apple Music into their infotainment systems.


Customers can choose between two kinds of leather or “Race-Tex,” a leather-free option made of microfibers.

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The Taycan’s interior. Porsche