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Fisker Karma
Fisker Automotive's Karma dazzles in Detroit

DailyTech first brought you details on Fisker Automotive's Hybrid Premium Sports Sedan (HPSS) in late October. The hybrid four-door generated a lot of interest around the web for its sleek design and claimed fuel economy.

The North American International Auto Show, which is currently taking place in Detroit, is the staging ground for more information on Fisker's gorgeous concept. The HPSS is now known as the Karma. Fisker also revealed that the Karma's propulsion system will work similarly to the Chevrolet Volt.

In addition to being a plug-in hybrid, the Karma uses a small internal combustion engine (ICE) to recharge a lithium-ion battery pack -- the ICE provides no forward momentum. The Karma can travel 50 miles on battery power alone before the ICE kicks in.

Fisker says that the powerful electric motors used in its Karma are good enough to propel the Karma to 60 MPH within 5.8 seconds. Top speed is a lofty 125 MPH.

"The car we're showing in Detroit is not your usual show car," said Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive. "It's actually a preview of the production car you can buy."

According to the Wall Street Journal, Fisker Automotive has the backing of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers -- the firm has backed famous companies like Google and "We have all the capital we need to move forward according to the plan," said Fisker. "We're still going to raise money later in the year, but we don't see that as a big issue."

The Fisker Karma will be priced at $80,000 and the company envisions sales of 15,000 units per year. Expect deliveries of the Karma to begin in late 2009 or early 2010.

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By kenji4life on 1/14/2008 10:05:32 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I think that the term "sports car" gets tossed around quite a bit. A Civic Si, Mazda Miata, etc are all sporty cars and have attributes that set them apart from other models of the same brand. This might make them enough of a sports car to the person purchasing them, whether it be physical appearance, ability to go 0-60 or 60-0 in short amounts of time, or just the overall "feel" of the car.

My own personal definition of a sports car? Good control, sub 7 second 0-60 time, and some amount of styling, among other things. Does this car fit into this category? Yes, of course it does. But so does a Taurus SHO. Neither car comes to mind when you say "sports car" though. Most people think of a Corvette, Porsche, or some exotic car with an animal on the front.

By the way, I can happily say that I have safely tested the top speed of almost every car I've owned or driven on a regular basis, including my Maxima (>140mph), a Honda CR-V (~140mph), a Ford Aerostar (>130mph), a GMC Sierra (>100MPH), and quite a few other cars that escape me at the moment. I had control over these cars at the time, but that certainly doesn't make them sports cars.

To each their own.

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