• Oct 13, 2010
First Factory-Built Fisker Karma – Click above for high-res image gallery

Have you been anxiously waiting for the day you could spec out a sinuously-styled plug-in hybrid sports car of your very own? Then your dream is one step closer because the configurator for the Fisker Karma is now online.

What was once considered vaporware, is now edging closer to reality. At the 2010 Paris Motor Show, we got to see the first factory-built Fisker Karma with our own eyes. The car is a rolling testament to the idea that one can simultaneously be "green" and enjoy an exciting driving experience. The Karma will reportedly be able to achieve an average of 100 miles per gallon yet it also claims a 0-60 time of under six seconds.

The configurator allows you to see the various colors that will be offered across the Karma's three trim levels. The Fisker Karma is available as one of three ECO models; Standard, Chic and Sport. ECO Standard is only available with two exterior color choices; White Sand and Eclipse. ECO Sport adds five more options to the palette in the form of Shadow, Silver Wind, Deep Ocean, Laguna and Inferno. ECO Chic throws in one more choice with the color Earth. Want to know what those names mean? Check them out at the link below.



Photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL
[Source: Fisker Automotive]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Great looking car, and the config app is well made. Not really many options, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Firefox has plugin issues w/Flash-Shockwave. I use Chrome (faster too), and it loads, albeit slower than other sights. It is a heavy graphic site.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Take a good look at the gallery of the first factory-built Karma. It's still gorgeous, but the exterior panel gaps would make an Brilliance blush. The super-sparkly paint doesn't help matters.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me or do the panel gaps look large. I realize the is still pre-production gaps at the rear look odd.

      Over all it looks great!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tesla and Fisker may be in big trouble There just isn't enough money around to keep both of them afloat with all the majors jumping on the bandwagon now. Look for both these properties to be bought out or talk of mergers rising real soon.

      Tesla Motors: This Hot IPO Is Headed for Trouble
      http://seekingalpha.com/article/229269-tesla-motors-this-hot-ipo-is-headed-for-trouble

      I have been sending this link to Autoblog for the last few days, but apparently they are not getting the message.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me or is the interior design just meh....? I mean, it's not bad, but there's nothing exciting about it. Not to mention the eco-chic interior options almost made me throw up a little...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh. 6 shades of white-gray-black. Give us more color!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guys, I know this isn't the right place but I need to use the omniscience of the autoblog comment section because I don't know who else to ask.

      I'm about to order a regular F-150 or a SVT Raptor and import it to Germany. Sadly, I can't find any information about the 4WD system. Let me explain (excuse my pathetic engineering English), as I get it there is two sorts of 4-wheel drive systems. The ones you can drive on the road without a problem and the ones that tense up (literally translated from German, I hope you get what I mean) if used on dry roads. That's when you get the tire sqealing even in slow corners because the transmission is all messed up.

      Could you please tell me which of the two systems are used in the Raptor and/or the regular F-150?

      Thanks!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It this car catches on GM should buy it, they own the technology anyway.

      BTW, notice that in the brochure at page 17 it says:
      'the plug-in hybrid is never run by the engine. The engine provides the energy to run
      the electric motors.', once again confirming that Volt's gasoline engine never drives mechanically the wheels.

      link for the brochure:
      http://karma.fiskerautomotive.com/files/fisker_brochure.pdf
        • 4 Years Ago
        yep, you're right, thanks for the link
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Karma uses a GM engine, but I believe that's as far as the technology-sharing goes. I've never seen anything stating that Fisker has licensed the Volt technology from GM.

        A quick Google search states that the Fisker's Q-Drive hybrid system is a joint venture of Quantum Technologies and Fisker specifically developed for the Karma.

        http://auto.howstuffworks.com/fuel-efficiency/hybrid-technology/fisker-karma1.htm
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw the car at the press conference held at the car plant Fisker bought from GM. The car is much better looking person than in pictures. I didn't care for the looks until I saw the car in person. I can't get over there being a base model to go for around $40K.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see anything new. Are you all sure this is new. I configured the same options for my car 3-4 months ago. What gives?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It won't let me configure it with a sweet sounding V8.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The sound-system exhaust is supposed to be user-configurable. Add the V-8 soundtrack after you buy it.

        " Under battery power the Karma is so quiet that the rear exhausts are in fact speakers which are throttle linked to produce exhaust noise so that pedestrians can hear it coming. Plans are afoot to allow customers to download custom engine sounds to their Karma to suit their demands!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Here's the point.



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        And way down here is you.

        You have plenty of other V8 options. Go enjoy them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm still thinking Karma means if you don't charge it up all the way its gonna come around and bite you in the a$$ down the road.
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