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Posted 20 February 2011 11:19 PM

CAR AND DRIVER

2012 Karma — First Review

We finally get our hands on s gorgeous plug-in hybrid

BY DON SHERMAN

February 2011

years and a billion investment after the Fisker Karma forth as a stunning plug-in-hybrid it s finally ready to rock as a production car. All in less (and for far less money) GM needed to produce the Chevy

The Karma s recipe calls for design stirred with a of sustainability. We had faith in the styling of the concoction: While growing up in Henrik Fisker inherited his father a deep appreciation for cars of the Sixties. Upon formal design studies, he put his to excellent use.

Warming up for the Karma, Fisker the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9 and V-8 Vantage all of stand tall next to any or Eldorado.

As for sustainability, in the Karma it consuming no petroleum for the first 50 and interior trim that to Mother Nature. Indeed, the idea of sustainability permeates s business plan, which is by venture capitalists and government On the heels of the low-volume, 100,000 there will be a more car, the Nina, also around earth-friendly technology.

The is that these two plug-in will give Fisker reach as a viable carmaking

The Karma lays a good Up front there s a 260-hp, four-cylinder engine spinning a generator. Next in line is a American-made lithium-ion battery Twin AC motors straddling the axle deliver 402 horsepower to the

The propulsion system, the Brembo the 22-inch cast aluminum and the aluminum suspension components are by an aluminum space frame together with 260 feet of and a thousand or so rivets. The Karma s skin is finished with a roof, a composite decklid, and bumpers.

Like the Nissan the Karma is always electrically the gasoline engine powers the generator. Slip into the tailored driver s seat, stealth mode, and you can motor to the future with little than a hum from the powertrain. the sport paddle to the left of the wheel brings additional to bear.

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When the gasoline engine in to supplement the battery pack s to trim the 0-to-60-mph run from a 7.9 seconds to 5.9, or to add 250 miles to the range the extra thrust is by the whistle of a turbo spooling up, the of angry exhaust gas, and a boom or two. Bent on its mission, the generator set keeps even when you ease off the

The Karma s initial surge is potent to avoid damnation as a But the physics conspire against it pace with other sports sedans. In spite of the of low-rpm electric torque, the of a curb weight well 4000 pounds and only one ratio mean that is where this car excels.

Until the EPA weighs in on that we can only guess that the will land slightly the Volt s ratings of 93 equivalent mpg in electric driving and 35 mpg city and 40 with the engine running.

is a subject we can address with confidence. The Karma s steering is with real road and linear turn-in response. The is supple, and there s minimal roll when you fling the the low-mounted, 600-pound battery makes for an effective keel. though the rear wheels 53 percent of the Karma s mass, s understeer awaiting those who the borderlands of grip.

The brakes are calibrated to convert momentum into the maximum of charging energy without pedal weirdness.

Considering its and curvaceous flanks, the Karma surprisingly easy entry and accommodations for four grown-ups. A screen replaces the usual of tiny infotainment buttons audible, visual, and tactile to touch commands. Trim is a cut or two the 100,000 norm, thanks to detailing and lovely custom

The top EcoChic edition is an animal-free of high-end textiles, faux and rescued California wildfire


Fisker claims to have deposits in the bank. Some of who ve plunked down the cash are atoning for past turbo-V-8 but others may be less altruistic, drawn to the sexiest fenders draped over an American Whatever their motivation, ll get a beautiful, luxurious machine goes easy on the guilt.

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