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the Fisker Karma sports car in at 5,300 pounds because it s down by the aspirations of its supporters. other $102,000 plug-in has been both dissed and in the presidential and vice-presidential debates? It s a of a new breed of automobiles as well as, say, excessive government (to support green cars).

Ah, but is it like to drive the car? On the the Fisker Karma is a hoot to No car looks like the Karma.

It s in battery-only mode and quicker with the gasoline engine and motor both running, but less-expensive cars are quicker.

The Karma is a visual treat the outside. Inside, it s a technology and all the confusion that comes new tech in the cockpit. Outside, it s a five inches shorter a Cadillac Escalade (weight is the same). Inside, it is snug in and cramped in the vestigial rear

The cockpit materials feel and costly but the fit and finish needs

Fisker was kicked around in the debate by Republican challenger Ryan and defended by incumbent Joe In the debate on October 12, Ryan Was it a good idea to spend dollars on electric cars in or windmills in China? The previous in the Obama-Romney debate, Romney green energy companies got $90 in tax breaks, including automotive Fisker, electric car maker and battery maker Ener1 bankrupt).  You don t just pick the and losers, Romney said to You pick the losers.

Alternative is one of the GOP whipping boys in Campaign because solar panel Solyndra got $535 million in aid to jumpstart alternative energy, rolled over and died. got a $530 million loan in 2009 to build two cars, the Karma and the Fisker Atlantic Fisker Nina). Fisker down a bit under $200

The Karma is built in Finland and the is to be built at a former GM plant in if and when production starts. No the Department of Energy and Fisker say the was for engineering done in the US, the piggybank was south of $200 million Fisker didn t meet deadline: The Karma was more a year late to market and the has yet to be produced. While the Obama doled out the Fisker funds, the was approved in 2007 when W. Bush was in office. In other both sides are stretching

But, hey: election Ends justify means.

the Fisker Karma

When you re admiring the exterior, hop in and settle in. move the seat forward if you re anyone over five tall. It s even tighter in You ll see rich materials and a bulky separating the seats. Notice the LCD display in the middle.

Inside the live the 315 lithium-ion batteries will run the Karma for 20 to 40 miles in mode, depending on your habits. Press the start parts of the dash and center glow, and you hear a bit of a humming To move off, you press the the selector pyramid on the console.

You depart under battery-electric accompanied by a synthesized pedestrian sound (speakers under the bumper) that is somewhat a Gulfstream climbing to altitude way off in the or the ringing in your ears the band stops. The steering is and precise; the car is planted firmly on wheels and ultra-low profile (35 for geeks) tires. The Karma to gas-engine power when the are nearly depleted.

It s a 260-hp Motors four-cylinder turbocharged and the car gets raspier; under acceleration you wonder if the engine was because GM is American and so is Fisker s startup loan.

Many of the controls aren t physical but buttons on the busy center LCD display. As with any car with a suspension, tapping the buttons while moving is a learned It s the same issue that annoy Cadillac CUE users.

seems cool in the showroom is on bumpy roads.

Fisker Karma

The car has no transmission as but there are paddle shifters. toggle the Karma among driving, sport mode both gas engine and battery are the car, and hill mode, provides more emphatic regeneration with more slowdown the moment you lift off the

The Karma is what s called a hybrid . meaning the power is delivered by electric motors. are two 201-hp electric motors ahead of the rear wheels. The engine under the hood a generator that sends power to the rear motors.

It s the way a diesel locomotive works, faster acceleration, just 6 seconds to 60 mph, about 1.5 slower on electric power Various testers have mileage with the gasoline running to be around 25 mpg. a tank of less than 10 and only 20-40 miles of charge, you re looking at a highway of around 300 miles. Recharging the pack runs 16 hours on current, about a third of with a 220-volt charger. is a solar panel embedded in the to aid charging; it presents a stunning to passersby Whoa!

That s and a modest gain in battery Perhaps that s what Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin

Is the Karma good enough to buy (so can repay taxpayers)?

Every car carries possible compromises: capacity, ride over roads, and difficulty getting in and out by the time you have enough to afford the car, your isn t so limber anymore. Then s reliability. Consumer Reports a Fisker Karma, had it die during the warm-up phase, the batteries replacing, and the car suffered other and electrical gremlins.


Other have commented on fit and finish degrading the value of the high-end materials. For the same money, you get a Porsche Panamera hybrid almost the same status, room, and more reliability.

The model, the Fisker Karma runs $102,000, and combines upholstery with fancy brakes, iPod jack, and parking sonar. The $110,000 adds leather that more of each cowhide the scratched parts, navigation, and a important backup camera. The EcoChic swaps the leather for faux suede and the wood is get this reclaimed from trees in California or logs in Lake Michigan.

Bottom line: The Fisker is a pretty much a Chevrolet in a better wrapper. Just the wow factor, handling, and cost by a of three. For all the car reviews you read a gas station attendant asking if the new is really a Ferrari does a gas jockey still exist? is one car that will turn a lot of

Whether that s worth is less certain.

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