2013 Fisker Karma Test Drive

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2013 Fisker Karma Test Drive

California-based automaker Fisker has fallen on hard times in recent months. The future of both the company and its flagship sedan, the Fisker Karma, is more than ever on shaky ground. Meanwhile, Fisker’s main competitor Tesla is experiencing continuous growth in North America.

On the other hand, the first electric luxury sedan to hit the market, the Karma, is sitting idle on dealership floors.

Charles Jolicoeur AutoGO Published on 2013/06/17

A few months ago, company founder Henrik Fisker walked out on his dream citing fundamental differences with the board on the long-term strategy of Fisker. And then, a few weeks later, Fisker had to explain to the U.S. Senate why the numerous loans it had received from the Department of Energy of the United States had not translated into a sustainable long-term business.

At the moment, Fisker is looking for a new owner, ideally with deep pockets, which will be able to revive the California manufacturer.

For ecological vehicle enthusiasts and beautiful car admirers, it is sad to see the current state of Fisker. After having had the opportunity to drive the car along the Eastern Townships’ winding roads for a day, I can say that at its core, the Fisker Karma is a great car. Fun, stylish and eco-friendly, the product offered by Fisker is not to blame for the woes of the manufacturer.

It may simply have been before its time.

The interior of the Fisker Karma is reminiscent of a concept car. The interaction with the various functions of the car are made through a huge touchscreen that covers almost the entire center console. The gear selector controlling the Fisker’s single-speed automatic transmission is shaped like a small pyramid.

Between the two seats, a fairly wide tunnel that illuminates at night is covered by a sheet of transparent plastic and can be used to place a variety of small items such as cell phones and wallets. The two-tone style seats are out-of-this-world beautiful while the steering wheel with chrome inserts is like nothing else on the road.

Despite looking like an exotic two-seater, the Fisker Karma has two rear doors beautifully integrated into the body which give access to the two rear seats. These are quite narrow and can really only accommodate small children. However, the rear section of the Karma is still more welcoming than a BMW 6 Series or a Porsche 911.

On the other hand, the Fisker Karma does not offer the same level of interior space as the Tesla Model S. The trunk will allow you to leave for a few days with your Fisker Karma, but forget hauling a golf bag or luggage large enough to check at the airport.

The Fisker Karma is not a pure electric car. Rather, it is a plug-in hybrid car in the same vein as the Chevrolet Volt or Toyota Prius PHEV. It is powered by two electric motors each delivering 161 hp and powered by a set of lithium-ion batteries which can be recharged using a 120 or 240 v outlet. The charging time is approximately 6 hours with the most powerful outlet. Once the battery is fully charged, the driver can drive about 60 kilometers using only the energy of the electric motor.

Once the batteries run out, a 2.0 liter turbocharged ECOTEC engine is responsible for powering the electric motors.

What all of this means is that it is possible to perform one’s daily commute without burning any gasoline. But, when you must take a longer trip or you want to go on holiday, the Fisker Karma is able to lead you to your destination using the extended range provided by the ECOTEC gas-powered engine.

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Once behind the wheel, the first thing we notice are the huge wheel wells on each side of the car. Despite its looks, the Fisker is not a small car. Measuring more than two meters wide and nearly 5 meters long, maneuvering in an urban environment is not easy. In addition, rear ¾ visibility is almost entirely obscured by the huge C-pillars that give the car its low coupe-like silhouette.

When parking, you must be particularly careful in judging distance because the front bumper extends far ahead of the driver and out of sight. And let us not forget the huge 22-inch rims that tend to be attracted to curbs. Case in point, the rims on my test car had all been damaged.


Once off of the island of Montreal, it is much easier to appreciate the Fisker Karma. On the highway, the comfort level is amazing while the silence prevailing in the interior is typical of electric-powered cars.

When you tap the right pedal, the Fisker Karma responds immediately. Two driving modes are available to the driver, Sport and Stealth. In Stealth mode, the car uses only the electric motors while in Sport mode, the gasoline engine is finally applied to improve performance. In this case, it is capable of reducing the 0-100 km / h in 5.8 seconds. The Fisker Karma has no transmission as it will.

Rather, it provides a system that tells the electric motors to go forward or backward. On winding country roads near Mont Orford, the Fisker Karma was a real charm to drive. The steering is sharp and the car can be positioned into any turn with surgical precision.

Overall, the Fisker Karma’s handling is worthy of the best European high-performance cars.

In the end, the Fisker Karma is an agile and powerful car with a body that turns heads wherever it goes. It is also one of the few performance cars over $ 100,000 that offers reasonable fuel economy. At the end of my test day, my Fisker Karma showed an average fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100 km.

That being said, I only drove 32 kilometers on all-electric mode before the batteries were depleted. Obviously, the actual autonomy of the Fisker Karma and its two electric motors depends heavily on the driving style you adopt.

With Fisker’s current precarious position, it is now possible to get a Fisker Karma at a heavily discounted price if you did some research. Obviously, many questions remain about the future of Fisker, but for those who are looking for a car that turns heads, is powerful and agile as well as environmentally-friendly Karma still offers an interesting alternative, and it is getting cheaper by the day.

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