Autocar has recently reviewed the Fisker Karma, a new car built by an entirely new company with 300 employees which has already received 3,000 orders and has 1.1 billion dollars in their bank account.
The Fisker Karma features some discrete design cues that sort of remind of the BMZ Z8 and even of the Aston Martin Vantage, which should come as no surprise, as Henry Fisker, the guy behind the Karma has designed both of the above mentioned models.
The Fisker Karma, which represents the world’s first luxury plug-in hybrid if fitted with two electric motors with around 200 HP sitting at the back and a 270 HP, 4-cylinder General Motors engine at the front (the on which used to go in the Pontiac Soltice).
The car can be operated in two modes – Stealth and Sport, with the first making use of electric power alone and the car able to sprint from nought to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, reach a maximum speed of around 95 mph and offer a cruising range of approximately 50 miles.
When driven in Sport model the Fisker Karma will do 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, while its top speed of 125 mph has only been limited to prevent the batteries from over heating, but the automaker says the car could actually go as fast as 168 mph.
The Karma weights over 2.5 tonnes which is quite a lot due to its rear positioned batteries, but despite that Autocar claims it handles pretty well, but it should not be regarded as a great driver’s car.
Some of the Karma’s problems are the lack of space for the rear passengers and in the boot, and the fact that the 4-cylinder petrol engine is quite noisy, but if you can live with that then then this model does indeed represent an interesting proposition.
The Fisker Karma can return 100 miles per gallon while keeping CO2 emission below 100 grammes per Km, and it does all that in parallel with the fact that it goes from nought to 60 mph quicker than 6 seconds.
Conclusion : the Karma represents a staggering achievement considering it is a start-up car from a start-up company.

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Source: Autocar via YouTube