Barclays Capital analyst Vishal Shah reports that demand for the Fisker Karma, an $88,000 plug-in hybrid that's at least several months away from production, is "very strong" in both the U.S. and Europe. Shah says Fisker has recorded 2,500 to 3,000 pre-orders for the Karma. Meanwhile, the automaker confirms that at least 2,000 orders have been placed and reports that in one night alone, a single dealer took in 40 orders for the car that exists only in prototype form.
Surprisingly, potential Karma buyers have been eager to plunk down a $5,000 deposit for a vehicle that's been delayed on countless occasions and has yet to be driven by the public. If demand is truly rising at the claimed rate, then Fisker's promised production of 14,000 Karmas in 2011 will be much needed. However, even Barclays Capital believes that Fisker will fall short of its production goals and predicts that output will not exceed 5,000 units – some skeptics still believe that actual production numbers for 2011 will be much closer to zero. While there's part of us that knows that high demand for an unavailable, oft-delayed product doesn't make logical sense, we're open to hear other opinions.