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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 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.


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