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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 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.


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