Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Reveal At Detroit: 2010 Fisker Karma Hybrid Sedan; Karma S Concept

Fisker Automotive took the wraps of the Karma Hybrid Sedan, as well as the Karma S Concept today at the Detroit Auto Show. Both models are powered by hybrid Q-Drive powertrain.
The hybrid Q-Drive powertrain is a combination of a GM 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder that develops 260hp, and a large powerful lithium ion battery provides 22.6 kWh. So both engines together give a total of 408hp, that the Karama can hit 60mph in 5.8 seconds, and a top speed of 125mph.
However, Q-Drive gives the most benefit in the fuel-consumption. The 2010 Fisker Karma Hybrid Sedan will have an all-electric range of 50 miles (80km). After the all electric 50 miles, the gasoline engine turns a generator to charge the lithium ion battery. Once the 50-mile electric range has been exceeded, the Karma can be used as a normal hybrid vehicle. With this balance of electric and gas range, Fisker Automotive estimates that most Karma drivers who charge the Karma overnight and commute less than 50 miles per day will be able to achieve an average fuel economy of 100 mpg per year.
Coming into the looks, the Karma Hybrid Sedan has to be one of the best-looking plug-in hybrids ever. With only minor design enhancements made to the concept version back in January 2008, this production 2010 Fisker Karma Hybrid Sedan retains the extreme proportions and beautiful sculpture. What makes it stand out even more, is the so elegant roof-to-quarter end of the car.

The 2010 Fisker Karma Hybrid Sedan will start sales in November, at a base price of $87,900. Despite the high prices, Fisker expects to sell 15,000 units of them per year.
As for the Karma S Concept, it sits on the same platform as the sedan. Infact, it's nearly all the same. It's a coupe-roadster version of the Karma Hybrid Sedan. The Karma S Concept has a Mercedes SL like tractable hardtop. There is no information whether the Karma S Concept will ever make it into production, but if Fisker can sell the Karma Hybrid Sedan then it is very likely that we will see the Karma S on the roads in the next few years.

Source: [Fisker]

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