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buying: The Tesla Model S Plaid+ Is DOA, Per Musk's Latest Tweet

Tesla Model 3 is now a $40,000 EV, unless you choose white

  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 is pulling the plug on the Model S Plaid+, per the brand's chief executive officer, Elon Musk. Musk tweeted the news on Sunday, June 6, 2021:

a close up of a car: Tesla Model S Plaid Plus © Manufacturer Tesla Model S Plaid Plus

While the upcoming Tesla Model S Plaid offers plentiful performance for its $121,190 asking price (including the ability to hit 60 mph in less than 2.0 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph, according to Tesla), its estimated driving range of 390 miles on a full charge falls 130 miles short of the claimed range of the $141,190 Plaid+ (520 miles). As such, we wager the real reason for the Plaid+'s cancellation is the result of limited pre-orders for the model, given its nearly identical straight-line performance to the lesser Model S Plaid (Tesla originally stated the Plaid+ was marginally quicker to 60 mph than the Plaid). 

Tested: 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance Hits 60 in 3.1 Seconds

  Tested: 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance Hits 60 in 3.1 Seconds Tesla's smallest sedan is amusing with more power and better handling.Not a believer? Floor it from a stop and try a few 30-to-50-mph pulls. This is a car that flirts with 1 g both on the skidpad, with a 0.96 g effort, and in gut-punching acceleration. An over-the-air update that was delivered back in 2019 promised a 5 percent increase of power to all Model 3s, and the Performance will pin you back in the seat like a supercar.

Sure, the Plaid+ reportedly offered even greater driving range and marginally better acceleration performance relative to the Plaid, but the cheaper tri-motor Model S variant's estimated range and acceleration figures are certainly nothing to scoff at. Arguably, neither the Plaid+'s performance and driving range gains never quite justified the trim's $20,000 price bump relative to the regular Model S Plaid. 

Whatever the reason, the Model S Plaid+ is dead. We ought to know more about the 1,020-hp Model S Plaid in the coming days when Tesla reveals more details about the model, including if the trick active rear spoiler spotted on Plaid's caught testing at Laguna Seca Raceway in Salinas, California makes its way to the production vehicle as a standard or optional extra feature. Currently, Tesla's configurator for the Model S Plaid lacks this detail. Then again, the configurator also only shows the updated Model S sporting its kitschy yoke-style steering wheel, even though images of the revised Model S testing in the wild (and hidden within Tesla's own website) seem to confirm Tesla will offer a more typical circular steering wheel, too.

Tesla Model 3, Model Y get more expensive as automaker jacks up prices again

  Tesla Model 3, Model Y get more expensive as automaker jacks up prices again The $500 bump is the latest in a series of price increases Tesla put in place this year.The Model 3 became a $40,000 vehicle last month, but as of today, the cheapest version, the Standard Range, now sits closer to $41,000 at $40,690. The Long Range version increases to $49,690. All prices include a $1,200 destination charge and show Tesla bumped up the actual price by $500 for both vehicles. The Model 3 Performance holds steady at $58,190. And keep in mind, these prices assume you select a white exterior color; any other hue and the price increases by at least $1,000.

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid Review: A New 1,020-HP Chapter in American Luxury .
2022 Tesla Model S Plaid Review: A New 1,020-HP Chapter in American LuxuryIt doesn't matter if you're not a fan of electric cars. Heck, it doesn't even matter if you're not a fan of Elon Musk, or a yoke-style steering wheel, or a shifter that's strictly digital. The Model S Plaid is spacious, serenely comfortable, and requires very little effort to drive. In this sense, it achieves the three main pillars of what defines traditional American luxury.

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