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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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I don't get it.
By Reclaimer77 on 12/3/2008 6:13:16 PM , Rating: 2
I really just don't get it. 87k is approaching supercar exotic pricing. I think if you can afford an 87k car, fuel economy and gas prices isn't really a concern. Right ?

I just don't get it...

RE: I don't get it.
By Noliving on 12/4/2008 1:11:05 AM , Rating: 2
niche market.

RE: I don't get it.
By GeorgeH on 12/4/2008 2:47:47 PM , Rating: 2
Then you don't get the Prius, either. People are more than willing to pay extra for "green" products with that shout out how environmentally sensitive they are.

RE: I don't get it.
By wetwareinterface on 12/5/2008 5:08:23 AM , Rating: 2
compare it to retrofitting a hummer for hydrogen and you see who the target market is. gov. Schwartz... anyway you get the idea. it's a car for those with more money and more need to appear to be, or be, "green" concious yet also appear upscale.

it's a nice looking vehicle and it's power specs are impressive. "green" is just a bonus for this car.

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