2018 Karma Aliso Edition
Taking cues from the Golden Stateby Jonathan Lopez, on
If you’re looking for a unique, handsome, tech-savvy hybrid sports sedan, the Karma Revero is a pretty decent choice. Now, Karma is offering an extremely limited special edition dubbed the Aliso, which takes its name from a town in Southern California, and offers customers a slew of additional California-style customization options that could hint at what’s to come from the boutique automaker. And no, that doesn’t mean it just comes with avocado.
2018 Karma Aliso Edition
What The Heck Is Karma Automotive?
|Note: original Fisker Karma pictured here.|
For those of you who may be unaware, the Karma Elisio Edition draws its lineage from this, the original Fisker Karma, produced between 2011 and 2012. When Fisker Automotive went belly-up in 2013, the company was bought by the Wanxiang Group, an automotive supply company based out of China, which subsequently renamed it Karma Automotive.
Now, Karma Automotive produces the Revero, which incorporates nearly all the same components as the original Fisker model. Production is limited to just 3,000 units, with just a few hundred units produced per year.
That makes this special edition model even more exclusive.
In total, just 15 examples will be produced, each bearing unique touches inside and out.
How Does It Look?
Let’s start with the exterior aesthetic, which bears the same swanky sports sedan style as Henrik Fisker’s original gorgeous lines.
To this, Karma added a fresh paint hue dubbed Laguna Pearl, which uses a glass flake to help it shine like the “sun’s sparkle over the ocean’s crest.”
In the corners, you’ll find custom wheels made from carbon fiber, which are sourced from CarboTek. Under the composite spokes is a set of Brembo brake calipers, which get a dark metallic orange color to complement the rest of the package.
“Karma Automotive’s design team looked to California’s vibrant 1,000-mile coastline and dramatic mountains for inspiration,” says Karma’s President China & Chief Innovation Officer, Barny Koehler.
What’s The Interior Look Like?
Karma went into the cabin space as well with this special edition model.
The overall interior color scheme was designed to mimic a west coast beach scene during sunset, and includes new leather upholstery bits with a ceramic coloring added to the seats, doors, and elsewhere. There’s also a dark leather upholstery added to the center console and steering wheel.
The leather comes from Bridge of Weir, which Karma identifies as the “oldest family-owned leather company in the world,” and is tanned using a chromium-free process, which is less harmful to the environment.
Finally, there’s “sustainably sourced” platinum and red burl wood finishes to top off the console and dash.
What About The Powertrain?
This time around, Karma only updated the exterior and interior bits, leaving the powertrain untouched.
That means the Karma Aliso Edition draws motivation from a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which includes dual electric motors paired with a 2.0-liter EcoTec internal combustion engine. All together, the system produces 52 MPGe, with 5.5 seconds required to reach 60 mph, and a top speed of 125 mph.
How Do I Get One?
|Note: standard Karma Revero pictured here.|
Interested buyers can get the Karma Aliso Edition now, just so long as they happen to live in either the U.S. or Canada. Production is set to kick off at Karma Automotive’s plant in Moreno Valley, California, with deliveries starting next month. Production will end December 31st.
Pricing starts at $145,000, which is $15,000 more than the standard Karma Revero.
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