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The slick Fisker Karma luxury hybrid, set to debut later this year for $87,000 gets a modest 67.2 mpg, while offering hot performance.
It may not claim as high mileage as the Chevy Volt, but the Karma sure looks nice

These days, wild claims about plug-in fuel economy are becoming commonplace.  GM is claiming that the 2011 Chevy Volt will get an incredible 230 mpg.  And Nissan, not to be outdone, is claiming that its pure-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf EV will get 367 mpg (presumably calculated using power plant efficiency, as the vehicle uses no fuel).

Fisker, meanwhile, is taking a more modest approach.  It is claiming that its slick Karma luxury plug-in hybrid gets 3.5 liters per 100 kilometers (equivalent to 67.2 mpg U.S.).  Fisker reports that the Karma also features low emissions -- a mere 83 grams per kilometer.  Fisker was careful to back these claims, stating that it adhered to the J2841 emissions testing methodology developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker brags, "The Fisker Karma is the future of driving. It proves we can drive environmentally responsible cars without sacrificing the emotional things that made us fall in love with cars in the first place."

The Karma is anticipated to debut later this year at a price tag of approximately $87,000.  This places it in direct competition with the Tesla Roadster, but the sticker price places it in less of a direct competition with the Leaf and Chevy Volt.

The vehicle features a top speed of 125 mph and can reach 60 mph (from a stop) in 5.8 seconds.  It sports a 2.0 l Turbocharged Ecotec VVT engine, along with two electric motors for 403 total horsepower.  It has a 50 mile all-electric range.  A solar roof option is offered for both recharging the battery pack and offering climate control, similar to the Prius.  The roof panel is estimated to provide up to half a kilowatt-hour per day.

Fisker hopes to sell 15,000 of the vehicles a year.  If it can sustain this sales pace, it will save 248 million gallons of gasoline by 2016, it estimates.  Whether it can meet this objective or not, it's refreshing to see one company taking a more measured approach to fuel economy claims.

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RE: Wait
By MrBlastman on 9/9/2009 12:15:58 PM , Rating: 3
You are missing my point. My car is a station wagon and it is ugly. It is extremely utilitarian, it is functional and I've loved it every day for the past five years.

Spending a life based on vanity and looks is a futile and senseless practice. Who said you can't be practical (like I have been with the Subaru) and have a heck of a lot of fun at the same time (going 100+ mph in a short straight coming in to a 90-degree turn and a set of esses will certainly get your adrenaline going).

If we spent more time developing practical fuels (such as Algae-based petroleum), we could possibly have the best of both worlds.

RE: Wait
By Amiga500 on 9/9/2009 1:47:02 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with what your saying by and by large.

But you can equally apply that argument to all Ferraris, Lambos, Bentleys, Aston Martins, Corvettes, Vipers etc etc etc.

The original Impreza was definitely not ugly. Some of those that followed were hideous.

RE: Wait
By MrBlastman on 9/9/2009 3:03:37 PM , Rating: 3
The 2.5rs is actually really hot (the 1999 one). I can't think of a sexier looking rally car, which is the chassis the coveted GC8 22B STi was based off of. Then as you say (I agree), they went downhill. I have an 04 which of all the modern ones with the exception of the bugeye, looks the best, at least according to most people I talk to.

Either way though, it is still an ugly car. I don't care though, it is a heck of a lot of fun to drive. :)

The thing with Ferrari's, Lambo's, Porsche's etc., is that they look good AND go fast. They can back up what they flaunt.

RE: Wait
By Funksultan on 9/9/2009 2:02:21 PM , Rating: 2
No, we got your point. You're just wrong.

Spending a life based on vanity and looks is a futile and senseless practice.

For YOU maybe. Once you grasp the concept that everyone doesn't feel the way YOU do, you'll be one more step closer winning the interweb.

(Curious, did you think about it before you posted? Did it occur to you that a $50k Corvette buries a $400k Bentley in every factor you seem to think is important? I stopped caring about driving fast or cornering at 60mph many years ago. Gimme something comfortable that looks good, and I'm happy.)

RE: Wait
By MrBlastman on 9/9/2009 2:57:44 PM , Rating: 2
Haha--an opinion is wrong. That is hilarious. I don't care what other people think, nor if they feel like I do or not. I don't have to either. That is what is great about having an opinion.

Yes, I thought, and my point was simple.

Why have a car that LOOKS like it goes fast, but does not?

In the import world, that is called rice. You are making a slow car look fast, hence faking it.

The car looks like it goes fast, therefore it should. That, sir, is an opinion. Not only is it an opinion, but it is a practice I follow every day. Be real and don't fake things and life will provide much reward.

Or are we in the Socialist State of America now where we can not have opinions that others disagree with?

RE: Wait
By Tsuwamono on 9/9/2009 9:26:33 PM , Rating: 3
you mean totalitarian..

Socialism has nothing to do with controlling the populations ability to speak freely.

RE: Wait
By wired00 on 9/10/2009 1:43:01 AM , Rating: 3
i still don't agree with the "WRX wagon ugliness" bit... shame on you ;)

"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad

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