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2013 Fisker Karma Drive

Flawed but beautiful, the Karma has the motto form function tattooed on its lower

What It Is

A electric-hybrid luxury car for the class.

Otherworldly driving styling ripped from psyche.

About as practical as Gaga’s meat suit.


Owning a Fisker is like dating a supermodel. gorgeous. She’s seductive. temperamental. But eventually, she’ll you crazy.

In 1927, Ettore fitted his Type 41 Royale. the and most luxurious car the world had seen, with a whopping set of cast aluminum Roue wheels. It was rather befitting of a he intended to sell to royalty, and the royalty he preferred, all the better to advantage of its 7,000-lb weight and of over 21 feet, buried a sarcophagus of chrome and whalebone

It is one of the most extravagant vehicles modern royalty can buy. DiCaprio drives one. So Ashton Kutcher, Fisker boasts, while Justin has one in chrome (because nouveau teenage pop star royalty is passes for royalty these

It is a proof-of-concept that heretofore electric cars can be just bedroom-poster supercars: expensive, lavish…and just a little At $102,000, it is the sort of indulgence only by the well-heeled from California—where I first drove the during the Pebble Beach D’Elegance—who see the weekend festivities not as a but as a flea market.

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Suffice to say, a real car underneath all that bodywork. It’s under somewhere, a heavy drivetrain, bits of electrode grease the lithium-ion batteries that the magic happen. Underneath wrapper, it’s relatively stuff—a similar extended-range in the decidedly less sexy Volt, with an Ecotec serving as a generator to boot.

On the tech level it’s near the level of, say, a electric vehicle like the unsexy Nissan Leaf.

is a company that doesn’t to care about that. when it’s electric that looks like precious little else See what happens when you let the run the company?

Beautiful things damn the torpedoes, as we shall or the impracticalities: looking this can be utterly intoxicating, inside and


How do you describe the Mona to a blind man? Rachmaninoff’s to Helen Keller? The Fisker carries a shape so seductive, so elegant, that it’s to put into a mere 2,000 or so

Why bother? It’s a shape you experience yourself. Whether blinded by the chrome on the Biebermobile, or you past one of Fisker’s 45 dealerships the country, or whether you simply one from Brentwood, it’s a like no other in the automotive Photos, like the one above, do it justice.

It’s the sort of impossible, too-good-to-be-true-did-they-really-build-it-like-that-because-god-bless-‘em shape reminds auto writers why we got cars in the first place.

designers Henrik Fisker and Klatt sought to imbue the Karma with timelessness, it certainly carries. Even at it, it’s easy to see how simple the is: one wave-like form across the that kinks upwards at ends, and an itty-bitty glass that celebrates form function with a vengeance. the design theme?

Diamonds on the front bumper mimic the on the rear, chrome panels hide the acoustic sound to remind pedestrians of their mortality; when the Karma is around at low speeds, they an eerie mechanical siren sounds like a cross the old-school Apple startup a digeridoo, and a Tron light with a Screamin’ Eagle inexplicably fitted to the back. the hood and side, simple lines reinforce an image of strength.

There’s no changing the front Henrik mandated. That is a trademark—a cross-section of the F-22 wings and air intakes, something more noticeable on Fisker’s venture into coachbuilt BMW and Mercedes-Benz SLs that have fallen into obscurity. Now the grille looks like the and waxed mustache on Snidely lip.

It may be the only unconventionally part of the design, but at least the rest of the car—has the distinction of like nothing else wheels.

Sitting Down

a reason why fad diets, the Lap Band, and are so popular in Southern California, if the last tastes like trimmings. If modern royalty is to be in the public eye, they can no better motivation to stay in than seeking to fit inside the snug, supple interior, a that requires the dexterity of with a celebrity yoga on speed dial.

The phrase like a glove comes to Mind you, it’s a supple glove, finished in of two-tone leather. Or, a cruelty-free combination, if you wish, that calls EcoChic, wrapped in with certified recycled and wood recovered from the California forest fire, from recyclable post-consumer fiber, lined with transparent laminate inlays authentic embedded Magnolia leaves. This was all from the release.

Bear with us, The seats (hewn from bio fiber) are voluptuous and spongy, sculpted front and back and supportive. Everything in the interior double as a body pillow from the Ritz.

The door leather is stitched and textured John Wayne’s boots. Get a with a two-tone brown interior and it’ll look being inside a Snicker’s get one in blue suede with textile trim, like the one I and it’ll be like sitting Shaq’s 22-wide Nikes.

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are some more niggles. the buttery-soft materials, the Karma’s fit and still needs work. gaps are uneven inside and and the switchgear still feels which is understandable given the small size (and power), but less easy to considering its rarefied competition. visibility is an automotive cliché, but the window is about as tall as a of Coke is wide.

A strange whining noise joined us for of the journey, which is precisely the that drives people to serial killers.

The touchscreen is but climate controls are fussy and slow to respond overall, Fisker says it’s to fix. Below the touchscreen a glass case of sorts, with the aforementioned Magnolia leaves. It encases what to be a hewn metal brick—representing the pack—and a green LED bar that upwards when the car’s in and down when it’s put in That’s it. That’s all it’s for.

Could you imagine putting a big transparent plate on the console for no particular reason? a design-driven company like could get away with hubris. Storage space?

You practicality, buy a Highlander Hybrid. Now up and put your diamond-studded Vertu in the


It’s funny to a car solely on the shoes it wears. But the wheels are the most immediate about the Karma, and for better or they define the entire experience.

For one, you’ll feel their presence. The Eagle F1 tires—the same fitted to many of the world’s and fastest supercars—grumble and groan any road surface, their underscoring the cabin audio the engine drone of a private jet at feet. They also over any road surface; the 3-ton curb weight out potholes and off-camber crests, but little bump will be as if the road is comprised of Braille. The does double duty body roll, which is nonexistent thanks to a low center of but struggles at damping the smaller

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Those killer wheels in huge, seductive, almost humps that stretch in of the windshield, always reminding you of beneath. There is no escaping They are not just road patches of vulcanized material your butt from to the ground.

They are intrinsically of what it’s like to a Karma, whether through roads like what I Whole Foods parking or down the 101 Freeway (where a Fisker driver had a certain with the law recently, if the tabloids are to be

The aptly-named Stealth Mode the Karma to run on batteries only, as and deadly as the shark from or a Los Angeles-class fast-attack nuclear Flick the paddles for Sport or mode; after all, a single-ratio transmission/differential combination, are no instantaneous gearchanges to anticipate. mode kicks the gasoline into action, driving the motor directly for a combined 403

Fisker says the Karma hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. Don’t let this slow figure—a Toyota with a V-6 will beat you. The Karma builds so effortless torque, its weighty so stable, that actually 60 mph causes a cognitive dissonance: eyes tell you you’re past things, but you just feel it.

It’s the closest of acceleration to a magic carpet as we The steering feels excellent, and has a weight to it that requires less effort than its might suggest. Braking, is of the on-off switch variety, of a dimmer, and requires some to avoid head-butting the dashboard.

Fisker believes that the won’t want to wait in of a dingy Texaco amongst the fraying cable in hand, they wait for their charge levels to scoot the next 10 miles to La Jolla. its de-emphasis on its six-hour charging with a 220-volt wall But you can, if you want to.

And that a range of 32 miles on electric-only according to the EPA, though my time with the Karma allow me to test this. a full tank of gas, the engine can power the Karma for a of 300 miles. All in all, the Karma is by the EPA (which also cruelly the Karma as a subcompact, based on volume) for 54 MPGe.

Compare with the Volt, which similar technology with one ton weight a lot less styling. It can 38 miles on just electricity, a total range of 380 miles and an rating of 98.

It also costs 3 times less, but c’mon, beside the point.


As the of automotive journalism, we would be to neglect Fisker’s woes, can be best summarized in the following, apocryphal story: Evidently, a ran into Henrik Fisker at Pebble Beach later weekend. Conversation ensued, occurred, convivial chitchat and dropped, and naturally the subject of recent woes came to Well, we’ve only had fires so far, Fisker

Three? said my colleague, I’ve only heard of

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Oh, is it two Then yes, two fires.

It may not be and we’re willing to rescind anecdote. Still, the Karma has implicated in two fires, one of which a garage. and an Acura NSX, an car that had never been to ignite during its lifespan. my drive, Fisker announced a recall of every one of its Karmas. means the 1,400 already to customers, plus another still on the factory floor. two recalls (one last 240 cars for a coolant leak), CEOs and a thorough condemnation the white knights at Consumer the saga of Fisker could the timeslot voided by One Life To

We at Automotive.com would like to out that the Karma I drove did not into flames during my Nor are we to blame for the recall itself, that modern cars lost their tendency for combustion ever since the Bobcat went out of production.

We it can, because we won’t of seeing it on the road. But a word of remember that Bugatti mentioned earlier? Poor intended to sell it to kings and alike, across the world.

In the he only built six examples. He sell to a single member of The most beautiful cars in the can’t outrun their own

Basic Specs

Dual electric motors with 260 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder extender, single-ratio transmission, drive, 403-hp, $102,000, 54

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