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Leo will be the first to "get his strut on" in the Fisker Karma
Leonardo di Caprio getting first car off the line

Of all the electric and hybrid vehicles on the market today (or that have been announced), one of the sexiest designs is the Fisker Karma. This car isn't a pure EV and has more in common with the Volt than the Prius. The Karma runs off batteries and when those batteries are depleted, it uses a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to recharge the batteries and power the car on extended trips.

The car gets its motivation through a pair of rear-mounted electric motors, while the gasoline engine provides 260 hp. Fisker has announced that the first Karma will be delivered to superstar Leonardo di Caprio. Di Caprio might be getting the first of the Karma's off the assembly line, but he is far from the only famous person on the list to purchase the Karma. Other well-known buyers of the Karma include Al Gore and Colin Powell.

Fisker currently has the capacity to build five of the Karma's each week at the Valmet production plant. Starting in November, the vehicles will be built at a rate of 300 units per week. So far, Fisker says that it has received 3,000 pre-orders for the Karma and expects to be sold out until early 2012. The car is expected to sell for $100,000.

Henrik Fisker said, "Our sales are split 50:50 between early-adopting car enthusiasts and total non-car enthusiasts who just like that we are bringing something totally new to market. They recognize the infrastructure isn't there for electric cars, and see we offer a stylish, stress-free alternative with no range compromises."

Fisker will have other versions of the Karma coming as well. The coupe or saloon in the UK that are familiar with will also be joined by convertible and "shooting-brake" model. Shooting-brake is a body style that has coupe lines and a hatchback along the lines of the Ferrari FF.

Karma production kicked off in March.

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By umop apisdn on 7/13/2011 12:33:18 PM , Rating: -1

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By Icopoli on 7/13/2011 12:38:30 PM , Rating: 5
Lead actor in 2 of the highest grossing films of all time....while not my personal favourite, you have to admit he's done well.

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By Brandon Hill on 7/13/2011 12:38:40 PM , Rating: 5
Superstar is debatable, but I give the guy a lot of credit for his acting abilities. I had written him off after Titanic.

But I must say, I've loved his performances in Catch Me if You Can, The Departed, and Inception.

Dude also scores tons of hot chicks, and tosses them aside like day-old Krispy Kreme doughnuts ;)

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By AEvangel on 7/13/2011 1:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
Basketball Diaries was awesome as well.

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By Reclaimer77 on 7/13/2011 1:03:30 PM , Rating: 1
The Aviator.

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By Iaiken on 7/13/2011 1:09:41 PM , Rating: 3
Shutter Island

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By Homer Jay Simpson on 7/13/2011 1:20:38 PM , Rating: 4
He's the 5th highest paid in Hollywood.

I think 62 million in 2010 qualifies as superstar.

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By umop apisdn on 7/13/2011 3:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
Yikes. I stand correected.

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By Mitch101 on 7/14/2011 9:59:29 AM , Rating: 2
Baskeball Diaries was mentioned Ill even throw in Whats eating Gilbert Grape.

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By Chudilo on 7/13/2011 1:09:32 PM , Rating: 3
Dude also scores tons of hot chicks

Is that what's going on in the first pic?

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By Mortando on 7/13/2011 2:18:53 PM , Rating: 5
And it pretty much explains the second one.

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By BZDTemp on 7/13/11, Rating: 0
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By snakeInTheGrass on 7/13/2011 2:08:04 PM , Rating: 1
Totally agree.

Titanic had me ready to puke and never watch another film with him in it, but the more recent stuff has shown that while he was incredibly annoying early on, he can actually really act. If anyone out there is avoiding movies with him in them because they had really strong negative reaction to his early movies, give him another shot, he actually has pulled off the transition from irritation to making some great flicks.

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By kleinma on 7/13/2011 2:13:43 PM , Rating: 4
Just because titanic was a shitty movie doesn't mean he did a bad job in it. Despite what I think of the movie, it did manage to make several butt loads of money. Didn't it just lose the top grossing record to avatar?

Not to mention Leo was awesome on growing pains!

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By FormulaRedline on 7/14/2011 1:11:58 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe it did makes boat loads of money, but what good will it do them sitting at the bottom of the Atlantic!?

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By hduser on 7/13/2011 2:34:05 PM , Rating: 4
I thought he did a great job in Blood Diamond.

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By Tyhr on 7/13/2011 4:27:58 PM , Rating: 3
Superstar is debatable
As of today, he is ranked 15th on the IMDB StarMeter, and has previously scored as high as #1. He's consistent and never gone above #200 in the past 10 years and is often below #50 for the decade.

If Leonardo's status as a 'superstar' is debatable, then every actor's status as 'superstar' is debatable.

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By AnotherGuy on 7/14/2011 12:38:26 PM , Rating: 2
I dont need to check ranking sites... If u see any of his late movies... starting from aviator or blood diamond or catch me if u can.... not to mention the more recent ones like Shutter island and Inception... this guy has some sick acting skills!

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By augiem on 7/14/2011 1:36:46 PM , Rating: 2
He looks like a baby. It makes me laugh seeing him always trying to be the tough guy like in Gangs of New York.

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By augiem on 7/14/2011 1:37:56 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and did I mention how irritating it is how he's ALWAYS gotta be using different bad accents in each movie?

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