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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: We need a better naming system.
By bhieb on 12/2/2008 1:54:10 PM , Rating: 3
Was thinking the same thing. As far as performance sedans go though, I'd still much rather have the 09 CTS V. I can buy a lot of gas with the extra $15-20 K.


RE: We need a better naming system.
By FITCamaro on 12/2/2008 3:38:16 PM , Rating: 2
The supercharged Northstar Caddy has is an insane engine. 4.4L DOHC V8. Easily makes it to 500+ hp with a pulley change.


RE: We need a better naming system.
By Alexvrb on 12/4/2008 11:07:12 PM , Rating: 2
Actually Fit, the 09 CTS-V, like its predecessor (and most really high-performance Cadillacs these days) does *not* use the Northstar engine. I've never been a fan of the Northstar, not even the second gen models. But anyway the 09 CTS-V is powered by a supercharged 6.2L pushrod LS-series engine. The LSA, to be precise. It's essentially an LS9 with a smaller supercharger. It's got the adjustable maglev shocks like the ZR-1. I'm sure you know all this though. This thing slaughters even a built-up SC northstar in terms of both power and efficiency.


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