buying: Tesla Model S Plaid launch party set for June 3

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  Tesla Model 3 is now a $40,000 EV, unless you choose white With the latest round of price increases, the Model 3 grows more expensive and the Model Y isn't left out, either.With the price bumps, the Model 3 Standard Range Plus now costs $500 more across the board, pushing the sedan to $39,690, including the $1,200 destination charge. The Model 3 is a $40,000 car now with this increase, unless you choose white. That keeps the cost under $40,000. Every other color remains a $1,000 option, which pushes the price past $40,000; red remains a $2,000 option. The optional white and black interior also remains a $1,000 option and access to the Full Self-Driving beta, Tesla's Level 2 driver-assist technology, costs $10,000.

Tesla's ready to throw a bash for the Model S Plaid. CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet Thursday the automaker will have a delivery launch party for the new Plaid variant on June 3. He also said the EV is the "fastest production car ever" with a 0-60 mph time of less than two seconds.

a car parked on the side of a road: Tesla's ready to deliver the first Model S Plaid sedans. Tesla © Provided by Roadshow Tesla's ready to deliver the first Model S Plaid sedans. Tesla

That's not how the record books measure "fastest production car," but the Model S Plaid could be the quickest car to 60 mph if independently verified. Regardless, the Model S Plaid will be a quick machine, with an advertised 200 mph top speed, while still returning a Tesla-estimated 390 miles of range.

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The company's website says the Model S Plaid won't be ready for deliveries until August at the earliest, but perhaps Tesla will be able to get a handful of the cars to owners to throw the launch party. If you want the seriously bonkers Model S Plaid Plus, the site says it's not coming until mid-2022 at this point.

a car parked on the side of a road © Tesla

Maybe Musk will divulge other details during the event. We'll bring you the latest as we hear it.

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