• May 9th 2008 at 6:31PM
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Up until now, the Fisker Karma hasn't really been much more than a pretty face to go along with a promise. That changes today, thanks to a spy photographer who was lucky enough to catch the upcoming plug-in hybrid sedan out testing in California. Lawsuits often seem to have a dampening effect on enthusiasm, so it's good to see the Karma out and about. We can clearly see that the body is the same shape as what we all saw at its introduction earlier this year in Detroit. What we don't know yet is what's powering those shapely curves down the road. The first inclination from Autocar is that a Volkswagen 1.4-liter four-banger will provide power to the lithium ion batteries via a generator, but we really can't be sure what's being tested. Still, given the amount of electric know-how that Quantum Technologies, the electric powertrain supplier to Fisker, already has, we wouldn't be too surprised if something close to final-spec components were being run through their paces.
UPDATE: For what it's worth, these photos were not captured by a photographer hiding in the bushes. They were apparently actually put out by Fisker's Beverly Hills PR agency Rogers & Cowan. We still don't know anything about the mechanicals of the car in question, only that Fisker is trying to generate some buzz.

[Source: Autocar via AutoblogGreen, Autoweek]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I still don't like the car, regardless of Fisker's character. I think it looks like the Joker's face. Not his car, his face. It's just that horrid grill - the rest looks okay.
        Michael D.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Looking good and moving forward!

        One question: a couple of articles stated that Fisker wants to produce 15,000 units is the Karma - is that 15,000 units annual production, or 15,000 total?

        I would want to see this go on successfully, and this is an original design, not a custom, yet tasteful, rendition of an existing sports or GT car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love the looks. Fantastic looking. If Fisker is being sued because Tesla wanted their sedan to compete with the 5 series, than I can't see how the above pictures can be any case for Tesla.

      The 5 series looks boring. And don't bash on me, I like BMWs. So if Tesla is complaining that their design is boring looking, it's because Fisker gave them what they wanted; a car that competes with the 5 on looks.

      This car has the looks of a Maserati. A much more classier looking car. IMHO ofcourse.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Huuhh ? I don't think you quite get what Tesla's "complaint" about the whole thing is...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll be excited when a real company builds something like this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, this has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the well deserved problems Fisker is having... Nothing ! Argh.

      Love that the PR firm camouflaged the car, as if it hasn't been seen a million times bare naked already. Super secret spy shots OMG !

      I bet it's a nice shell bolted onto a ford focus frame or something. Or maybe a stretched Fiero ? Just kidding.

      *shakes head at Fisker*
        • 7 Years Ago
        I thought there were two complaints in the lawsuit.

        1. Technology stealing.
        2. Design of the Tesla sedan was not up to par in looks to a 5 series BMW or a $70k looking car.

        My comment was on 2. As far as 1 is concerned, I can't see how that can hold weight either. It's not like electric cars were invented by Tesla. Fisker could have copied the electric design from a number of others, why would he risk it?

        • 7 Years Ago
        What's so funny about a journalist whining about PR spin? Happens all the time. The guy should just suck it up.
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