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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 67STANG on 12/2/2008 4:36:24 PM , Rating: 3
Ahh yes, the old SVO's. Great Mustangs. Hard to find an unmolested copy.

Really, the bottom line is that anything with a turbo can be made to go VERY fast.

I always liked this video of a dodge caravan (with one of the old dodge turbo engines) blowing the doors off of an SS Camaro... ( )

And here's an old K car with the same engine blowing away a Toyota Supra (

Let's be honest, both of these examples with their 2.2 or 2.5 I4 engines would be nothing without a turbo....

When ford releases their EcoBoost I4, which will be even smaller at only 2.0, it will have 275hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. Not too shabby. Rumor has it that the 2010 Mustang will be getting an EcoBoost V6, with a minimum of 340hp.

RE: Engine Info
By foolsgambit11 on 12/2/2008 5:05:53 PM , Rating: 3
Hahaha! That's ridiculous. Maybe not as crazy as Ferrari vs. Smart Car. But close.

Still, let's get back down to about 1.6L. I had an '85 Accord with an 86HP 1.8L I4 engine. It pushed that 1 ton car around just fine. Imagine what a modern 1.6L engine could put out. Although I think cars end up weighing more these days....

RE: Engine Info
By Spuke on 12/2/2008 5:23:54 PM , Rating: 2
Some of the Ecoboosts and GM's upcoming motors will be small displacement. GM's 2.2L replacement will be a 1.4L, direct injected turbo making the same hp but with much better gas mileage. Quite frankly, I'm more excited about these motors than with hybrid or all electric tech. I guess I have a thing with making something that's not supposed to do something, do it. Example: making a small displacement motor put out a ton of power or, in this case, making a gas engine unexpectedly efficient.

RE: Engine Info
By JediJeb on 12/3/2008 10:11:54 AM , Rating: 2
I had a video a few years ago with a Dodge Omni GLH blowing the doors off a Corvette just can seem to find it again. Was great to show it to our resident Bowtie fanatic here at work lol.

RE: Engine Info
By Indianapolis on 12/3/2008 10:21:19 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I need to dig up some of my old home videos and put them on YouTube. My brother and I were turbo-Dodge enthusiasts, and I drove an 85 Dodge Omni GLH Turbo that would run low 12's at around 110 mph .

The engine was mostly stock...we just added an intercooler, cranked up the boost, and cut the exhaust open upstream of the catalytic converter. Chrysler built that 2.2L engine tough! I had the old stock turbo maxing out at around 18 psi on a high mileage engine, and it took LOTS of abuse.

I've got some great videos of that boxy little Dodge making some fast cars look ridiculous.

I had a pair of slicks mounted on factory rims, and some weekends I would throw those on and prowl the street for unsuspecting Corvettes, Mustangs, and Camaros.

My brother also had one of those rare 2.5L turbocharged Dodge Caravans (as seen in the above video), and with a little extra boost it was in the 14s. That was a lot of fun on the street too! Needless to say, I'm happy to see turbos making a comeback.

RE: Engine Info
By technohermit on 12/4/2008 10:30:33 PM , Rating: 2
I owned a 1984 Mustang GT Turbo. It was a 2.3 I4 with more horsepower than the V8 at the time. That is before the SVO was out, which they produced until 1986. Also, there was the TurboCoupe Thunderbirds on the same drivetrain. The x7 Cougar as well. I think the SVO's after '84 were intercooled, as were the Thunderbird/Cougar. They made them back then for the same reasons they are going to start producing them again: efficiency, power, and emissions standards. I think Ford is going to put the new I4 turbos in the F-150's, too. That will be fun.
My father took a turbocoupe drivetrain and put it in a 2WD 1988 Ranger. That was a really fun, really fast little pickup.
I wonder why Ford never did that to the Rangers as a stock option?

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