2012 Fisker Karma MotorWeek

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Fisker Karma

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As we make our way to an driving future, there are different methods for getting us — from hybrids, to to even a few full-electrics. And, most of us are familiar with the of karma, most people are not with the Fisker Karma. The Karma is the world’s first EV sports sedan with range.

And, as they what goes around around; so let’s find out comes from our first

So what exactly does it to be the world’s first EV luxury sedan with extended Well, for the 2012 Fisker it means driving up to 50 miles on power alone, before to gas power, which comes a turbocharged inline-4, increasing range to up to 300-miles; but as always, results may vary. More on later.

The drive system is similar to Volt, but one-ups it by sending to the rear wheels, and allowing to manually select all-electric or drive. And the Karma “ups” about every other car in comes to style, as the look is far “sport-luxury” than “eco” smooth lines wrapping standard 22-inch wheels and an space frame.

Sheet is actually a mix of aluminum and composite panels, and the sleek roof is of a solar panel that not looks cool, but sends directly to the batteries to aid in charging. batteries are located in the central of the car, and are mounted as low as possible.

Exhaust tips sit just the front wheels, expelling gas from the GM Ecotec 2.0-liter I4 engine. It sends its 260-horsepower a Rear Differential Module and two electric traction motors, so no direct engine connection to the There’s also no traditional but drivers can choose whether to run in EV mode or full-power “Sport” with steering wheel paddles.


All combined, the system out 403-horsepower and almost 1,000 feet of torque, and that’s the “sport” part of the equation in. There’s instant throttle when the battery is full, and the zips to 60 in 6.3-seconds. But even the battery is drained and you’re on just engine, it’s very impressive; top speed is 125 Batteries are lithium-ion and have a problem, causing a Karma to dead while being by Consumer Reports. All 2500 on the road will get new battery under warranty.

That battery pack curb weight to a hefty pounds, and that calls for brakes. Fortunately, the standard are up to the task and include regenerative

The power-train might be all about the but the interior environment is all about yet it remains clean and simple. items include the funky button drive selector and a Fisker Command Center that manages just every interior function. are designed with both an eye high-end time pieces and sports car dials. Real trim is used throughout all certified reclaimed as sunken, or rescued. Rear seat get big bucket seats with a center console between

And there’s a real, but small with 6.9 cubic-feet of space.

The experience of the Karma is unique, but not There is a distinct hum from the when in Stealth mode. The kicks in fairly smoothly, but noticeably.

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The suspension is a Short-Long Arm with load-leveling monotube and stabilizer bars, giving a supple ride, even the giant wheels. A 3.3 kWh battery is onboard and can charge the Karma on 120 or 240-volt circuit, taking as as 6-hours.

As for the Government Fuel Ratings, they didn’t out quite as good as Fisker had The MPG equivalent is 52 miles-per-gallon combined in mode and 20 miles-per-gallon from the engine. The EPA also estimates 32-miles of electric only

The Chevrolet Volt is rated

As for more shocking numbers, pricing begins at a lofty for the EcoStandard, the mid-level EcoSport in at $104,580, while the top level tips the scales at $109,850. But early adopters always pay a penalty.

The 2012 Fisker is certainly one beautiful ride, and probably buy it based on looks but we think it is also a very vehicle. It has taken a premium-step up in the industry’s slow climb an electrified future, and done it looking or acting like an So, come for the styling, stay for the and enjoy the ride.

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Engine: turbocharged I4

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