• Jan 14, 2008
Click above for more high-res images of the Fisker Karma

Fisker's premium hybrid sports sedan finally has a name: Karma. It is particularly apt since the coach builder's aim is to give customers a luxury sports sedan about which they can feel proud for what it does, or doesn't do, to the environment. The Karma is powered by what's being called Q-DRIVE, a system developed by Quantum Technologies that combines a four-cylinder engine sending power to a generator to propel the four-door sedan. Fisker claims that the Karma can run from zero to sixty in 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 125 mph.

There are two different modes available to drivers; the first, dubbed "Stealth Drive" is a pure electric mode which should allow the Karma to run off the lithium ion battery pack for 50 miles before the engine kicks into boost the juice. The second, a sports mode, integrates the four-banger for peak performance and, according to Fisker, makes the Karma sound like a combination of a jet fighter and an F1 car. The batteries themselves are placed smack dab in the middle of the vehicle, which lowers the car's center of gravity and improves weight distribution. Of course, the Karma is a luxury vehicle at heart and will include a navigation system and DVD player with headrest-mounted displays.

As for the design, it's unique and we're totally crushing on it. It's like a Maserati Quattroporte with more curves and character. Make no mistake, if you eventually own one you'll never see another on the road. If you're interested, however, you'll have to wait until late 2009 to take delivery, although we're certain Fisker wouldn't mind accepting a deposit before then. The first batch of 99 will be signed by the designer, Henrik Fisker, and coated in the same color as above. Price? $80,000.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Only 80K? I would be shocked if he can deliver this car for that. His re-bodied cars cost more than that for the conversion only.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Henrik Fisker was the designer of the Aston Martin DB9 and the BMW Z8.

      http://gearpatrol.com/blog/2008/01/16/fisker-karma-hybrid/
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please, Fisker, get rid of that grill.
      It's something that resembled the worst nightmare I ever had. I'll redesign it for free if you let me and it'll sell 20% more cars because of it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks like it has a mustache.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fisker can start production in 2009 because 1) these are handbuilt cars and require no efficient production line 2) they are expensive and are using a very expensive battery that requires less engineering. It's tons easier to build an expensive car than an economical or affordable car. Anybody can do that. GM's Volt will have a real impact on the environment because of itslarge numbers. This one will not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My name is Karma; could I get a special break from Fisker?
      I led the Team that developed 'Heat Pump' system for GM's Impact electric car more than 15 years ago. Battery technology innovation was needed, and hybrids such as 'Karma' and Prius will make the difference to most consumers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It has a mustache only Peter Griffin could love.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Finally a hybrid I can get behind. I think the car is gorgeous, but I am also wondering how a coach builder is going to sell a technologically advanced car like this for $80k. If they do, it'll make the Tesla look like a bad deal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Guys... no matter what you consider ugly or good looking you have to consider that a small company is doing this before a Big 3 automaker. That's huge. It may not be a main stream car but it finally makes the hybrid look good and not a prius.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it, esp the drivetrain and rather different take on the interrior/exterrior. If it manages 50 miles in the real world all electric, I'm game.
      • 7 Years Ago
      to me, the side profile looks like a beefed up Pontiac Grand Prix... and for that... i can't like it
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. It's got 4 doors and 2 front headlights. Totally looks like a Pontiac...

        Are you f'ing kidding me???
        • 7 Years Ago
        yes, I can totally see the similarities: they both have the same number of doors, wheels, and headlights.
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