• Dec 3rd 2009 at 3:40PM
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Henrik Fisker gives an update on the Karma - click above for high-res image gallery

Henrik Fisker provided an update on his eponymous car company here in LA today. No one but the hopelessly naive will be surprised to learn that production Karma's will not be hitting customers hands by the end of this month (as once promised). For a company that was only founded two years ago, to get an all-new design engineered and produced in 18 months is a near impossibility. The new target for the for the Karma sedan to hit dealers in the U.S. is September of 2010. Fisker has lined up 42 dealers in the U.S. to sell and service the Karma, along with three European distributors that will provide cars to about 100 dealers there.

According to Fisker, the company has applied for over 50 patents on the technology in the Karma. The basic architecture of the Karma remains unchanged as a series hybrid / extended range EV with a 22 kWh battery pack and a 260 hp GM GTDI Ecotec four cylinder. The electric range is expected to be about 50 miles with a 0-60 time of six seconds. Delivery time is a little bit longer.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, it's better for them to take a few more months to get everything right. September 2010 still gives them a few months ahead of the Volt and a full year ahead of Tesla Model S.

      I also hope they take some time to revise the interior and make it as beautiful as the outside -- or at least provide the option to tone things down a bit.

      Design rules.
      Matthew
      • 5 Years Ago
      http://green.autoblog.com/gallery/la-2009-fisker-karma/#17

      Looks like the back seat is for amputees only.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Matthew
        That pic is from the 2-door convertible version. Are they going to be producing it? I don't see a pic of the 4-door version's back seat.

        Agree with others that this looks awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Grammar tip: Pluralized words do not have apostrophes in them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What is grammar? What does is mean? President Clinton asked, what does is mean?

        The Bugatti is more than $500,000.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. There is an inflation in rampant poor use of grammar.

        Anyway, brand new cars sell for $10,000 to $500,000. The Karma at $87,000 is a most legitimate entry into the diversity of supply of fine new cars.
      harlanx6
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like a great car if you have more money than brains.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        at least it gives rich people an option between an expensive gas guzzler and an expensive efficient car. if i had that much money I would buy it over a tesla roadster
        harlanx6
        • 5 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        I would have to agree. I would think it's a limited production toy for people with a lot of money anyway. The rich need toys to spend their money on, too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, we were hoping for a May/June launch... but I understand the difficulties involved in initial production.

      I still think the Karma S is the most beautiful ER-EV design!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm a sucker for a swoopy beltline so I like the design, except for that grille. I do appreciate that he's trying to separate it from Aston / Maserati front end treatments, it's just a bit overstated for my taste.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This isnt that bad when you compare it to GM's Volt progress
      Lookup MGTOW
      • 5 Years Ago
      surprise surprise. Why hurry? He already scored the taxpayer loan capital with a scripted business plan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Lookup MGTOW
        Most of that money is earmarked for the upcoming Project Nina sedan, not the Karma.

        I don't mind the delay - better to have the car properly sorted at launch.
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