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Fisker Karma  (Source: Motor Authority)
Fisker reveals more details on its Karma hybrid sedan

Fisker Automotive is progressing nicely with its Karma hybrid sedan. DailyTech first brought you information on this sleek vehicle in October 2007 and have kept up-to-date with all of the latest information leaks from the company.

Today, Fisker Automotive is ready to provide a few more interesting tidbits on the Karma. First off, the company released a single image today of the production sedan from a rear 3/4 view. The vehicle is just as sexy as it appeared in concept form. According to Motor Authority, only slight changes were made to make the production Karma compliant with federal regulations.

We also now know more details on the powertrain for the Karma hybrid sedan. The Karma will use a turbocharged General Motors Ecotec four-cylinder engine which develops 260 HP. This will be paired with a "Q-Drive" hybrid system which features two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack. The Karma will also have enough battery storage onboard to power the vehicle 50 miles on battery power alone. Total power of the Ecotec engine combined with the two electric motors will be an impressive 408 HP.

Pricing for the Fisker Karma is set at $87,900 for the base model. According to Fisker, the first deliveries of the sedan will take place in November of next year.

The sleek styling and the powertrain of the Fisker Karma makes the Chevrolet Volt look rather plain in comparison. However, the Karma's price tag is more than twice the expected price of GM's shining beacon of light.

Updated 11/4/2008
Fisker Motors released a second image of the production Karma, this time from the front 3/4 view (see image on the bottom right).

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RE: Engine Info
By FITCamaro on 12/2/2008 1:44:01 PM , Rating: 3
Damn. 80 lb ft. They need to put that engine in more of their cars. It spanks almost anything out there. And for gods sake give it a damn 6-speed.

Hell a Mustang GT doesn't have 340 lb ft of torque. Can you say torque steer?

RE: Engine Info
By BZDTemp on 12/2/2008 2:14:14 PM , Rating: 2
340 lb ft it may be but at what revs. I bet it's only the top around perhaps 6000 rpm or so. Not a bad thing per say however it will mean it's only really available when giving the thing the boot - just like with a VTEC engine :-)

RE: Engine Info
By Spuke on 12/2/2008 3:01:30 PM , Rating: 3
340 lb ft it may be but at what revs. I bet it's only the top around perhaps 6000 rpm or so.
Nope. Redline on that engine is 6300 rpm and the power/torque trails off dramatically at 5800 rpm (out of the turbo's effciency range). The stock motor hits max torque at 1750 rpm and trails off after 5300 rpm. Same with the power upgrade as it uses the stock turbo too. The stock head flow is only mediocre that's why it makes so much torque.

RE: Engine Info
By Siki on 12/2/2008 4:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
Turbocharged production cars generally have a lower rpm power band than naturally aspirated cars. They tend to use smaller turbos so as to not introduce large amounts of turbo spool lag. The trade off is that at higher engine rpms the small turbo must spool very fast to maintain pressure, and becomes inefficient at these speeds usually heating the air more than compressing it. So rarely do you get a production turbocharged car with a power band that doesn't drop off prior to redline.

RE: Engine Info
By Jimbo1234 on 12/2/2008 11:08:50 PM , Rating: 3
Two words: B5 S4.

RE: Engine Info
By PlasmaBomb on 12/3/2008 11:40:06 AM , Rating: 5
Neither of those are words...

RE: Engine Info
By Chernobyl68 on 12/4/2008 7:52:06 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Engine Info
By Jimbo1234 on 12/6/2008 1:42:15 PM , Rating: 2
To gearheads they are. To geeks, apparently not.

RE: Engine Info
By otispunkmeyer on 12/5/2008 5:52:34 AM , Rating: 2
nah, turbo cars can be mapped to give almost max torque over quite a healthy slice of the rev range. look at cars like the VW GTI, think this makes max torque from like 1500rpm all the way past 4000rpm or something.

cant remember if they use variable vane (variable IGV) tech to do that or its just the ECU mapping

RE: Engine Info
By Samus on 12/3/2008 1:42:49 AM , Rating: 2
Bring the Mustang 4-cylinder back. With a Turbo of course. I always thought those high reving four bangers are a lot of fun in a muscle car... they help the weight ratio too!

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