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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 TomZ on 9/9/2009 12:58:39 PM , Rating: 5
Despite all the data, you missed the point. Someone buying a car for $87K+ isn't concerned about the cost.

RE: Wait
By The0ne on 9/9/09, Rating: -1
RE: Wait
By Sazar on 9/9/2009 1:18:24 PM , Rating: 2
Not everyone buys cars in that price range for cost/performance ratio.

Fisker makes exclusives and has been known for that for a while. Look at their portfolio. They made a living customizing BMW's and the like :)

YOUR choice is not going to be what Fisker uses to determine it's market. From the previous articles on this vehicle (which looks great by the way), there are plenty of people who have already pre-ordered the vehicle.

Here is a video of it on Laguna Seca, just out for a spin.

RE: Wait
By The0ne on 9/9/09, Rating: 0
RE: Wait
By Sazar on 9/9/2009 6:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, if I had the money, I would buy it for the looks and the technology, much like I bought my current vehicle.

Personally I would have liked for it to have had a little better performance but as long as I have the option to toggle into power mode and launch sub 6 second times to 60, I am perfectly happy. This is not a track-car after all :)

RE: Wait
By The0ne on 9/15/2009 6:55:27 PM , Rating: 2
That is why "looks" is #1 and the post got rated down still :) Nice!

RE: Wait
By Spuke on 9/9/2009 1:16:04 PM , Rating: 2
Someone buying a car for $87K+ isn't concerned about the cost.
Nor would they be concerned about gas mileage either. This car will simply be used by celebrities to show how much they "care" about the environment. It will be driven to the Emmys and Oscars only and promptly returned the garage afterwards where they'll get into their SL65 (one of the cars these people actually DO drive) for the after parties. Seriously, when these people are caught with their pants down somewhere, what cars are they usually caught in?

(Hint: it's not that Prius that they showed up in at the MTV Music Awards.)

One thing I've learned in my short life is that WE (the royal we) do what we want, when we want, and how we want regardless of what comes out of our mouths or what's typed on a keyboard in an internet forum. It's just how it is.

RE: Wait
By callmeroy on 9/11/2009 1:04:25 PM , Rating: 2
I'd say you hit the nail on the head.

Its amazing though how many people eat it up when they read a story in some gossip rag or on some stupid celebrity news show (TMZ anyone?) that so and so pulled up in a Prius or some other environmentally friendly vehicle....

Folks --- most of the "hollywood elite" celebs as some magazines call them --- are just putting on a show for the media .... if you could sneak a peak into their lives when they aren't "performing" for the media i bet you they aren't so environmentally friendly in the energy they use or the cars they "REALLY" drive....

"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home

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