Tesla trolls Porsche with a new Supercharger at the Nürburgring, where a modified Model S beat the Porsche Taycan’s lap time by 20 seconds

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  • Tesla said it installed a Supercharger near Germany’s iconic Nürburgring race track.
  • The tweet comes amid an unofficial feud between Tesla and Porsche after the German automaker released its electric sports car this month.
  • “This word Turbo does not mean what you think it does,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk told Porsche on Twitter last week.
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Tesla installed a Supercharger at the iconic Nürburgring race track in Germany, the company said on Wednesday, further fueling the electric-car maker’s unofficial competition with Porsche.

It’s not Tesla’s first Supercharger in Germany, a country synonymous with supercars, thanks to heavyweights like Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. The location shown in the tweet is not yet on Tesla’s online database of Superchargers.

On Tuesday, a heavily modified Tesla Model S completed a lap of the circuit almost 20 seconds faster than Porsche’s new electric Taycan, the automotive magazine Road & Track reported. The faster track time comes after Tesla CEO Elon Musk poked fun at Porsche on Twitter for calling the Porsche Taycan a Turbo, which stoked the perceived rivalry between the two automakers.

Porsche’s Taycan, while a competitor with Tesla’s vehicles when it comes to specs, is far from being comparably priced. The cheaper Taycan Turbo starts at $153,510, while the Turbo S clocks in at a whopping $187,610. Tesla’s cheapest option, the Model 3, meanwhile, starts at $38,990. A fully loaded Model S can top out at nearly $115,000. A Model X with all the options can climb to nearly $130,000.

Read more: Porsche’s $153,510 electric sports car, the Taycan, is set to compete with Tesla’s Model S – here’s how they stack up

Tesla will also have a slight advantage when it comes to overall speeds, with the Model S topping out at 163 mph, compared with Porsche’s top speeds of 161 mph for both vehicles. Tesla’s range – estimated at 345 to 370 miles by the US Environmental Protection Agency – is also likely to top Porsche, which says the Taycan Turbo S will have a range of up to 256 miles, while the Taycan Turbo will have a range of up to 280 miles.

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