We’re used to seeing tuning projects that provide a nice little exterior upgrade and a killer engine upgrade to satisfy our need for speed. With regulations getting stricter and electric and hybrid vehicles gaining momentum, we’re going to have to get used to seeing projects with zero engine upgrades and plenty of exterior mods to make up for it. Case in point, the Fisker Karma lineup headed to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show with a variety of paint finishes.

Fisker teamed up with 3M to present four different paint schemes, each introduced for every 24 hours span of the SEMA Auto Show. Four days, four cars, and four colors, all with deep meaning, according to Fisker. The first paint finish for the Karma is a combination of Gloss Burnt Orange and Brushed Black Metallic "October Sun" to commemorate Fall. Next, there’s a Karma "Riverside" painted in Matte White with Gloss Blue Metallic racing stripes - a tribute to American racing heritage.

The third Fisker to be presented will feature a "Classic" Hot Rod Red combined with a bold, brushed aluminum-trimmed Gloss Black stripe honoring the great American custom car scene, while the fourth version - "Onward" - combines a very cool Satin Black and Gloss Burnt Orange to reflect Fisker’s new brand look and feel. This version will also have 3M’s Crystalline Automotive Film applied to its windows.

More details on these painted up Fisker Karmas will be unveiled during the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, so stay tuned.


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  (305) posted on 10.23.2012

this car to sema can only raise awareness over the hybrid cars, which is a good thing.

  (302) posted on 10.23.2012

everything was "too complex" when it came out. but smart guys always found ways to make cars faster. they will do it this time too.

  (312) posted on 10.23.2012

i think that such a car would be difficult to tune up. it is too complex and too difficult. just my opinion.

  (305) posted on 10.23.2012

the fisker karma is one beautiful car. it being at sema is a good thing.

  (475) posted on 10.23.2012

brad, you are right about that. but they didn’t mention anything about the suspension. as for the brakes, why modify them if the car has the same power?

  (422) posted on 10.23.2012

if the paintings make a point and have a story to tell, then yes, it makes sense. but otherwise, it’s just a different paint job. still the same car.

  (452) posted on 10.23.2012

midocar, you may be right about that. they may not have the finesse required to tune an electric engine, but a car isn’t just paint and engine.

  (475) posted on 10.23.2012

of course they didn’t to any engine tuning up. the technology is too advanced for them to tune it smiley

  (542) posted on 10.23.2012

john, i hope you are right and there will be more design differences. if not, they sure were out of ideas to make such a small change and call it a new version.

  (509) posted on 10.23.2012

otto, maybe the layout of the colors will be one different. in fact, i am sure it will be different. if not, they are going to confuse us all smiley.

  (542) posted on 10.23.2012

is it just me, or the "Fall" and "Onward" car differ only by the black strap?

  (516) posted on 10.23.2012

that is one interesting idea. looking forward to see the cars.

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