• Feb 25, 2009
Click above for high-res gallery of the Fisker Karma S

Fisker is out to prove that green cars don't have to be boring with its extended-range plug-in hybrid Karma, available in both sedan and retractable hardtop variants. Potential buyers have already placed over 1,300 orders for the four-door model and now we hear that the burgeoning automaker is accepting deposits of $25,000 for the Karma S drop-top. Those placing orders early are being told they can expect a delivery date in late 2011.

Both Karma models come equipped with lithium ion battery packs that can provide gasoline-free travel for up to 50 miles, after which a GM-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct injected Energizer Bunny powerplant will kick in to recharge the battery. There's reportedly enough juice to power twin electric motors that offer over 400 horsepower to the rear wheels, which is sufficient to push the electric stunner to 60 in under six seconds and up to a top speed of over 125 mph.


[Source: eGMCarTech]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's a good looking car. Yes the price is high. yes it doesn't have the performance of other cars costing as much but....you got to start somewhere and IMHO it's a refreshing change from the Prius and others.
      • 5 Years Ago
      voted "worst booth at the Detroit International autoshow"
      by me.

      couldnt get ANY interraction with the people behind the walled off display area.

      wtf.

      if you want to garner some sort of enthuastic response from the public, you should at least interract with them!

      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok so the deposit is $25k. How much is the car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, dump that electic crap, use the Scudri twin power compessed hybrid engine. NO DAM BATTERY'S.
      • 5 Years Ago
      HOT
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is SOOOOO much better than the 4 door version. I hate all the electric/hybrid crap but that's just me. I would rather see it in all the boring cars for a very long time and THEN eventually have the good lookin cars give in. But this is a beautiful car
      • 5 Years Ago
      these things are like beta players of the automotive world. cool now but in two years it wont be worth its weight in scrap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It gets 100mpg, too and it looks gorgeous. Like an Aston/ Z8 love child. Sorry, haters, but I like it. It clings on to the present fads and does so with style.

      Oh, and Henrik Fisker seems to be a little more...i dunno...SANE than John DeLorean, the man who thought cars shouldn't have paint.
        • 5 Years Ago
        c'mon the raw stainless look was kick ass, and the DeLorian could handle 1.21 gigawatts!!! Lets see a Fisker handle that!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fisker > Tesla
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is such a beautiful car...it actual hurts my heart knowing that I'll probably never see it on the streets or own one.

      GM or Chrysler should have partnered with Fisker (with Fisker taking the majority lead for design & development). GM could have revived the "Cunningham" brand; Chrysler could have introduced their version as the "Firepower". But I think a Cunningham model would have complemented the Karma well.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think most of you are drinking from the crazy kool-aid. This car is hot, it gets insanely high gas mileage, and its nearly as fast as a base Corvette to 60. I just wish the price weren't in the stratosphere.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        It's within my range. I think it's a big bargain when compared to the Tesla Roadster.

        I think the car looks really gorgeous. The nose is different, not ugly, just different. But, the rest of the car is nice.

      • 5 Years Ago
      One thing I don't get is why does the motor need to be turbo? Couldn't they just get a super efficient NA motor?

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