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Fisker Karma
Karma hybrid sports sedan will be built by Valmet Automotive

Fisker Automotive announced that it is teaming up with Valmet Automotive in Finland to build its plug-in Karma hybrid sports sedan. Valmet has experience with sports cars; Motor Trend

reports that Fisker is the manufacturer for several Porsche models including the Cayman and Boxster.

Fisker Automotive says that the Karma will have an all electric range of 50 miles and that its full range will be 350 miles. Over its entire gasoline assisted 350 mile range, Fisker claims that the Karma can achieve a fuel economy rating of 100 MPG.

The Karma is a high-end hybrid sedan and Fisker expects to sell 15,000 of the cars annually, with more than half of the sales coming from Europe. That makes a European manufacturer for the Karma a good fit. Fisker does say that it has an American manufacturing facility it plans to use for future models.

Much like the Tesla Roadster that went into production in March, the Karma is an attractive hybrid with performance roots. Fisker says that the Karma can reach a top speed of 125 mph and can hit 60 mph in under six seconds.

Motor Trend says that it is estimated that 800 orders for the Karma have already been placed overseas and that 44 distributors have signed up here in America to sell the car. The Karma is expected to hit dealerships in America in Q4 2009 as a 2010 model and be available in Europe in early 2010.

DailyTech reported in January 2008 that the price for the Karma will be $80,000.

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With that color...
By MrBlastman on 7/17/2008 2:46:01 PM , Rating: 2
That car looks hot!

I wonder how much it weighs and what the weight distribution on it will be like? Maybe we'll get lucky and it'll be close to 50/50 with the Curb weight somewhere around the 2700 - 3050 mark at most. I doubt it - but we can dream. It'd be one sexy looking Auto-X taxi.

0-60 in just under 6 is pretty zippy but not supercar peformance... So the 80k price tag is slightly disappointing. At 100 mpg though with fuel assist - not shabby at all. I'm assuming it uses a similar fuel is used for the generator concept we are seeing in other hybrids now.

RE: With that color...
By dubldwn on 7/17/2008 4:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
I like it to. I’d be nice to pay $800-900/mo. to lease one. Too bad my apartment spot doesn’t have a plug. The profile is sexy as hell, and I’d get one before a Tesla. This car looks much more substantial.

It’s definitely RWD, and the battery is center mounted for weight distribution.

RE: With that color...
By DeepBlue1975 on 7/17/2008 7:05:57 PM , Rating: 2
It is supercar performance if you think that this puppy can do 0-60 < 6" and then continue to climb to 125mph.... With ONLY ONE GEAR (the article doesn't say it, nor can I find it on the net, but most electric cars work with no gearbox) :D

How many cars do you know that can reach 125mph on 1st gear? :D

RE: With that color...
By MrBlastman on 7/18/2008 7:55:50 AM , Rating: 2
Well, that is very true. After I read the article I searched the net for a few minutes trying to find any engineering details on the car and couldn't find anything. :(

In only one gear is quite impressive - but - you also have to remember that electric motors generally produce far more torque than a typical gasoline engine which will allow this.

FYI most entry-level supercars get up to say 60 - 70 mph in 1st, where your average regular man's speed demon will get up to 25 - 38 in 1st, so yeah, not too bad. I'd love to know more specifics such as weight etc.

RE: With that color...
By freaqie on 7/18/2008 8:24:45 AM , Rating: 2
it's not meant to be a supercar only...
the fact that it is not makes it attractive to me.
it has good milage and good performance...
i like the combinaion more then one or the other.

ps electric engines work different from gas angines so
"How many cars do you know that can reach 125mph on 1st gear?"
does not apply.

RE: With that color...
By FITCamaro on 7/20/2008 8:56:29 AM , Rating: 2
FYI. Supercar territory is in the 4 second range for 0-60 or faster. The 6 second range is for sporty sedans with around 300hp.

RE: With that color...
By Drexial on 7/18/2008 9:56:39 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't consider 80k Super car performance. More M5, AMG range. super cars generally start at a minimum of $125k (unless you consider the Corvette and Viper)

RE: With that color...
By MrBlastman on 7/18/2008 11:45:37 AM , Rating: 2
I'd definitely consider the new Vette and Viper contenders. You get a heck of a lot of bang for your buck with the latest vettes. They handle like a dream, have incredible acceleration and reduce the fishtailing tendency quite a bit from the last generation.

I'd be insulted to own this car here and it be associated with AMG or M5 (but I hate bimmers and mercedes so I'm a little biased... even Lexus for that matter).

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