(Very) Quick Spin 2012 Fisker Karma Fox News

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Very) Quick Spin: Fisker Karma


try to keep this brief, that’s how my drive in the Fisker was.

Covered in mud, on the way to FoxNews.com HQ from a day of off-roading in the Jeep Wrangler, I decided to pop Fisker of Bergen, in the New York suburb of Paramus, N.J. to see if I noodle an old-fashioned, around-the-block drive of the pricey plug-in luxury sedan — a press car having yet to become

The staff was more than to oblige, and well-versed in the ins and outs of revolutionary new vehicle. Keep in that, in light of all of the talk battery-powered cars these this is the first luxury car offers pure electric Fisker has clearly done its and made its dealers do theirs.

a brief chat, where I that the outlet has already 25 of the $96,850 cars — now cost $102,950 — and deposits on 50 more, we headed the garage. There, a pair of sat among a collection of Jaguars the dealership (aka: Bergen also sells.

Improbably wide, impossibly low and on a wheelbase nearly as long as an the Karma is easily the most sedan in the world. Parked to a bright red carbon fiber-winged XKR-S the Fiskers still out like Lady Gaga at a sewing bee.

Inside, the appears to be just as much of a concept car as it does when from afar. Upholstered in artificial leather, humanely-produced leather, or a fabric Fisker EcoSuede, which is the automotive of decorating with tapestries, the detailed cabin is from the school of design, especially done up in a tri-tone color The smattering of wood trim on is either reclaimed, from fallen trees or dredged the depths of Lake Michigan, but not freshly cut timber.

The driving and seats are both excellent, at up front. Rear head and is at a premium, as is trunk space. 6.9 cubic feet, it is just enough for two (very compact) bags.

By contrast, a 2-door, Ferrari 458 Italia can hold 8.1 cu ft of stuff in its nose.

Digital and a large touch screen center provide the requisite and whistles, while a window at the of the very wide and high console offers passengers a at what makes the Karma go. the 22 kilowatt-hour battery pack runs down the center of the car and the rear seats.

A 2.0-liter gasoline engine under the Karma’s epic, hood, waiting to be summoned action to generate additional when needed. Unlike the similar Chevrolet Volt. is no mechanical connection between the combustion engine (ICE) and the so it is technically not a motor, but simply a Fisker says that the solar panel that the entire roof can turn out juice each year to the car 200 miles.

The Karma operates in modes: Stealth, Sport and Range. The first is pure and provides the driver with 260 hp of over an EPA rated distance of 32 Fisker insists this is closer to 50 miles, an argument is supported by a number of independent Sport engages the gasoline and increases power to 403 hp until the is depleted, at which point the car Extended Range mode, to the lower power figure as the engine provides the electricity at a of 20 mpg combined until you plug the car in.

A full recharge takes six on a 220-volt fast charger or 14 on a standard 110 household outlet.

a charged Karma elicits no other than a pedestrian system that sounds a chord played through a Hammond B-3 organ. It’s prog-rock and exactly what a like me has always expected the for an electric car to be.

Press the Drive on the center console, hit the accelerator and off with no fuss, despite hefty 5,300-pound weight. says the electric motors a maximum output of 959 lb-ft of which would put a heavy diesel pickup to shame, but not clear how much of that is on tap it is not in Sport.

The car is quick enough, if not as as its non-electric competition. Nevertheless, the delivery is immediate and strong. The and silent nature of electric makes economy cars refined, and is well-suited for duty in the

Put the pedal to the floor and a clearly whine accompanies the acceleration in yet classic from the electric car Otherwise, it’s just a of wind rush and barely any from the tires, which is given the enormous 22-inch wrapped in high-performance rubber, of the low-rolling resistance shoes found on eco-cars.

After a short blast the highway we turned onto a lane, where the Karma’s electro-hydraulic steering gives it the of purposeful feel you expect a car of this ilk. On narrow the enormity of the vehicle is readily exaggerated by the tall front framing your view. watch the curb.

Braking is care of by of a set of high-performance Brembos, first use on a hybrid car. As is the case with first hybrids, there’s an odd feeling in the as the Karma transitions from to mechanical braking. Pull the paddle behind the steering marked “Hill’ and the level of provided by the motor/generators increases to the that the car will slow by simply lifting off the accelerator.

If rather speed up, the left engages Sport mode. it and the four-cylinder engine comes to with a slight shudder, revs up and down in a pretty fashion with the electric The increase in power is noticeable, but having only enough to give it a couple of runs, it quite feel like the 55 percent boost. Fisker the 0-60 mph time at 6.3 seconds.

A similarly priced Porsche Hybrid does the same in 5.7

Although not too harsh, the General four-cylinder definitely comes up on refinement relative to the rest of the It’s interesting to note Fisker’s next car, the cheaper $47,500 Nina, be using generators supplied by That said, the car that I was literally the first to arrive at the and the staff says that models have been quieter thanks to subsequent

More disappointing was that I switched back to Stealth the ICE stayed on, even though the meter still indicated there was 42 miles of range I’m sure there are a number of to the Karma’s operation that I’m not aware of, but as my drive ended afterwards, finding out what are will have to wait for day.

As it stands, the Karma is a effort that definitely a good first impression. a strong enough one to satisfy the net worth, but green types in New Jersey, have been in exotics like Maseratis and Martins to buy it. Whether or not they’ll be in a couple of months to swap it for a is yet to be seen.

(OK, so this review turn out nearly as brief as I Hopefully I can say the same about my drive in the Karma.)

2012 Karma

Base Price:

Type: 4-passenger, rear-wheel-drive sedan

Powertrain: Dual traction motors plus turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

260/403 hp, 959 lb-ft torque

Range: 32 miles per charge

Range MPG: 20 mpg combined

Fisker Karma
Fisker Karma


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