Fisker Karma First Drive Auto Express

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Fisker Karma

Verdict

Just as Tesla electric cars can be sporty, is attempting to take plug-in to a new level. An electric-only range of 50 plus impressive pace the petrol engine kicks in, the competition licked on paper. The is spacious, stylish and sporty to too – but it’s not perfect.

The noisy is an unacceptable compromise on a luxury car as this, and buyers will some convincing to spend so on an unknown brand.

A new challenger has the ring! It’s been a time coming, but the Fisker plug-in hybrid is finally promising a 50-mile electric blistering pace and luxurious We’re first behind the of the innovative upstart.

It’s a tough task for an new firm to take on the might of the Panamera and Aston Martin yet the Karma’s credentials look A 255bhp GM-sourced 2.0-litre turbo drives a generator, keeps the lithium-ion batteries up.

These in turn work a of 201bhp electric motors to the rear axle, so petrol is never used to directly the wheels. In Stealth mode, you can 50 miles on battery power Switch to the Sport setting, and the cuts in – keeping the batteries and unleashing a boost in power.

To the car is primed for its zero-emissions mode, it can be charged in less than six from a conventional plug.

When we hit the track in our model, the noticeable thing was the impact of Sport mode. Instantly, the time falls from 7.9 in Stealth to 5.9 seconds, and top speed 30mph to 125mph. Even the four-cylinder engine spinning under the bonnet, Fisker the Karma will return – impressive for a large car with a turn of speed.

Numb doesn’t deliver Porsche of feedback, but the firm has made up for in other areas. The wheelbase is longer than any rival’s and a wide track. Add a low centre of – thanks to the 275kg underfloor pack – and the car feels planted and body roll well in


The Karma weighs around – that’s 200kg heavier the 4WD Panamera – and has a big torque advantage. It a huge 1,330Nm from rpm, and with only one – and therefore no gearchanges – acceleration is

The styling won’t be to all tastes, the moustache-like grille, but there’s no the elegant silhouette. Designer Fisker also has Aston’s DB9 and V8 in his portfolio, so there’s definite here.

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To really compete with the biggest premium brands, the cabin needs to live up to the price tag. The leather-clad certainly delivers on creature and there’s space for four too. The onboard computer a 10.2-inch screen to control the myriad functions.

There’s a sun panel gauge for the solar which displays how effectively the are working and how many ‘free’ their charge translates to.

Our real criticism of this car is the noise of the engine in Sport At high speeds, the sound of the and wind drown this but at low to medium speeds it’s Engineers assured us an all-new is on order to rectify this customer deliveries start at the end of

For interested UK buyers, there is and bad news: the Karma will be on in this country, but no right-hand-drive will be built. A predicted tag, rising to £94,600 for a model, appears expensive, but it favourably with rivals as the £86,146 Panamera Hybrid. And you consider the Karma is effectively to run for sub-50-mile trips, it starts to like a good deal.

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

power meets V6 muscle to Porsche’s most efficient car Luxury saloon can travel 1.25 miles on electric though, before the petrol is called on – meaning 30mpg is as as you can hope for.

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