Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma

With gas prices heading well above $3.00 per gallon in most states, economical cars and trucks have made a resurgence in the American automotive consumer’s mind. One can hardly drive down a road without seeing one of the first and most popular hybrid cars, the Toyota Prius . Most major manufacturers have since produced these types of vehicles and there are more new models in the works, even from upstart luxury manufacturers.

One of the premier automotive designers in the industry felt hybrid cars were lacking in both excitement and luxury, and decided to take it upon himself to create a new segment. Henrik Fisker previously designed such memorable cars as the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9 . His company originally made several re-bodied versions of the Mercedes SL and the BMW 6-series , but in very limited production and a high price tag. Fisker Automotive became a true manufacturer in 2007 with the simple idea of creating an inspired, beautiful, and exciting luxury hybrid vehicles. Shortly after, the Fisker Fisker Karma was introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. It’s easy to see why it turned more than a few heads with its voluptuous flowing lines and promised 50-mile full electric range.

As if drop-dead good looks were not enough to distinguish this car from other eco-friendly vehicles, the performance numbers help the Karma truly pull away from the crowd. Its 0-60 mph performance is said to be in the neighborhood of 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph. The Karma may not be able to keep up with your neighbor’s Porsche Panamera , but while you’re getting 67 miles per gallon, he will be sitting at a gas station.

UPDATE 03/23/2011: Three years after the Karman first debuted at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the first unit has finally rolled out of the Valmet Automotive’s plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland. US and European customers will receive their first units by next month.

UPDATE 07/13/11: Finally, the Fisker Karma is set to be delivered to its first customers. It took a long time, but the wait is now over. The luxury plug-in hybrid sedan is scheduled to be delivered later this month with the first person expected to get his hands on it being no other than Hollywood A-lister and eco-guy Leonardo di Caprio. According to Fisker, there are already 3,000 pre-orders for the car with the wait list expected to hit until early 2012.

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 Fisker Karma.

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Honestly, we thought the day would never come, as delay after delay held back the gorgeously styled plug-in hybrid sports car that is the Fisker Karma . While the car itself isn’t ready to be sold, the online configurator is ready.

We finally got our first glimpse at the production version of the Karma at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and it doesn’t look half bad. Those who say that you can’t have fun driving a hybrid will need to get a load of this. The Karma will be able to hit 60 miles per hour in under six seconds, yet still manage 100 miles per gallon.

When you log onto the configurator you will be able to see the different color options and the three trim levels. Buyers can choose from the Standard, Chic, and Sport. If you opt for the base model you will get two color options, but if you go for the top of the line model you can get five more. If you really want to go out of the ballpark, the Chic model offers a color called Earth. We assume it’s a mixture of white, blue, green, and brown.

We first saw the concept version of the Fisker Karma at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show with its first production version showing its environmentally friendly face at the same auto show exactly one year later. Orders were supposed to start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2009, but things aren’t always what they seem and the Fisker Karma saw delay after delay. Those excuses end now, as Fisker is finally ready to bring the Karma out into the wild at the Paris Auto Show. The four-door, four-passenger model will become the world’s first true premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

The Karma uses a lithium-ion battery pack to power two 200+ hp electric motors for about 50 miles. Once the juice runs out of the batteries, a GM-sourced 2.0-liter gas engine making 260 hp generates the electricity needed to power the sedan. Fisker says the Karma makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in less than 6 seconds and can hit a top speed of more than 125 mph. The hybrid sedan has a fuel consumption of 2.4L/100 km (100 mpg) fuel consumption and a CO2 emission of just 83g/km.

Prices were announced to start from a total of $87,900.

Who would have ever believed that hybrid cars could end up getting such cool commercials? We can tell you that, a few years ago, no one thought it would be possible. Yet, here we are, and we got a sweet commercial to show you from Fisker Automotive . This sexy and sultry commercial is the company’s way of saying that hybrid models can be fun to drive cars and this steamy commercial for the Karma plug-in hybrid sedan is "designed to get you hot!" At least this is what the commercial says!

The Fisker Karma is a plug-in hybrid that uses a lithium-ion battery pack to power two 200+ hp electric motors for about 50 miles. Once the juice runs out of the batteries, a GM-sourced 2.0-liter gas engine making 260 hp generates the electricity needed to power the sedan. Fisker says the Karma makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in less than 6 seconds and can hit a top speed of more than 125 mph. The sedan is priced at $87,900.

In a previous statement Fisker spokesman Russell Datz announced that the "first few customers" will get Karma vehicles by the end of the year, with full production to start in the first three months of 2011. Apparently this will not happen. As you might know, Fisker is currently having some financial problems and those problems will be delaying these deliveries.

Last month,Fisker reported that it had already raised $35 million from private equity to fund and build the Karma. Part of that federal funding will also go towards building 75,000 to 100,000 vehicles at its Wilmington, Del., plant starting in 2012.

The Karma is a plug-in hybrid that uses a lithium-ion battery pack to power two 200+ hp electric motors for about 50 miles. Once the juice runs out of the batteries, a GM-sourced 2.0-liter gas engine making 260 hp generates the electricity needed to power the sedan. Fisker says the Karma makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in less than 6 seconds and can hit a top speed of more than 125 mph.

Source: DetNews

The Laguna Seca hosted a number of impressive race cars over the weekend, some of them thrilling fans with their sheer speed, while others making them cringe for crashing into tire barriers. Lost in the hoopla of the vintages and exotics that drove around Seca was a car that could very well be the future of sports cars: the Fisker Karma hybrid .

The Karma – we love the name, by the way – made its driving debut at the Seca last weekend as part of the Monterey Historic Automobile Races and by any and all indication, impressed the gathered crowd by attaining speeds in excess of 100 mph without using a drop of gasoline. The hybrid sports car is unique for its twin-electric motors – which are capable of producing as much as 403 hp and 959lb/ft of torque – are connected to a 200kW lithiuim-ion battery pack that allows the car to travel by as much as 8o kmh.

The car’s performance at the Seca re-affirmed the growing belief that ‘green’ sports cars are more than just a pipe dream now. Henrik Fisker, the CEO of the company was on-hand for the demonstration and made no bones about the Karma’s impressive showing. “This demonstration represents a significant milestone for Fisker Automotive and PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) technology,” he said.

Fisker revealed today the first promotional video for the Karma - world’s first luxury hybrid sedan.

Karma uses a lithium-ion battery pack to power two 200+ hp electric motors for about 50 miles. Once the juice runs out of the batteries, a GM-sourced 2.0-liter gas engine making 260 hp generates the electricity needed to power the sedan. Fisker says the Karma makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in less than 6 seconds and can hit a top speed of more than 125 mph.

Fisker Automotive founder Henrik Fisker is no dummy. Before he was in the hybrid car game he was supplying the world with sleek coupes and convertibles like the Tramonto and Latigo . So when his company put out the production Karma sedan at the Detroit Auto Show, Fisker also lobbed off two doors and the roof to create the Karma S concept car.

Fisker Karma S Convertible Concept

The Karma S shares its aluminum spaceframe architecture and Q-Drive powertrain with the Fisker Karma sedan. So just like the sedan, the convertible can run up to 50 miles on using its lithium-ion battery pack to power the combined 403 hp of the two electric motors. Beyond the battery-packs range a 260 hp 2.0-liter GM Ecotec engine will generate the electricity.

Fisker Karma S Convertible Concept

The design provides for a compact folding hardtop that doesn’t interfere too much with the car’s design lines. No word yet on how much added wright comes with losing the Karma’s top, but that will become clear when/if this car makes its planned 2011 production deadline.

Press release after the jump.

Fisker is not only going to unveil the Karma sedan at the North American International Auto Show, but it also will show off a convertible version in Detroit. There was an official teaser image of the Karma S Sunset Concept released by Fisker, and the team from KORS Design decided to fill in the gaps.

Fisker Karma Sunset Concept rendering

The Fisker Karma S will be powered by the Karma’s Q-Drive gas/electric powertrain. The Q-Drive should use a similar setup to the Chevrolet Volt . The car can be plugged to give a range of 50 miles on a full charge, and then a gas engine can recharge the batteries to extend the range. The Karma line will run off of a Lithium-Ion battery pack and should provide about 408hp from two electric motors.

Source: KORS Design

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