2012 Fisker Karma Test Drive – Popular Mechanics

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2012 Fisker Karma Drive

Fisker#146;s foray the world of plug-in hybrids#151;the grand touring Karma#151;is …, legitimately economical, and a terrific ride.

October 4, 4:30 PM Text Size: A. A. A

Date . Fall 2011

. $88,400 (including the $7500 federal EV tax credit)

Competitors . Panamera S Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz BlueTec, Mercedes-Benz S400 Tesla Model S

Powertrain . Two AC magnet synchronous motors by a 20-kilowatt-hour battery pack and a onboard generator, 403 total hp, 981 single-speed transmission, rear-wheel

Fuel Economy (city/hwy) . 50-mile EV-only range at 85

What#146;s New . Henrik Fisker, an designer behind the gorgeous BMW Z8 and Aston Martins, formed his own company four years The Karma is the new company#146;s first a series plug-in hybrid. A of electric motors straddle the axle and provide the power.

The battery pack is located in the tunnel and stores 20 kilowatt-hours of and is good for about 50 miles of driving.

The Karma is a hybrid, so it a gas engine, too. But unlike a Volt, the Fisker#146;s gas engine directly powers the wheels. when the battery pack is or when the driver wants power, the GM-sourced turbocharged comes to life and spins a generator that supplies energy.

All this hardware is tucked in and an aluminum space frame wrapped in a gorgeous aluminum


Tech Tidbit . The roof, in solar panels, comes and gives the Fisker a deliciously look. It also makes the car efficient, creating energy to the interior climate-control systems. extends to the skin and the trim: The paint options (#147;diamond get their look from flakes, and all wood trim comes from trees were rescued from fires, sunken in Lake or knocked over during

Driving Character . Forward comes in two distinct flavors#151;Stealth and Stealth uses only the motors for diesel-like performance: torque at step-off, whisper-quiet and so-so passing oomph in 7.9 seconds). Sport mode the four-cylinder for some extra which drops the Karma#146;s time to 5.9 seconds and yields throttle response#151;though the gas generator huffed, and hissed loudly in our tester.

The car weighs about 5000 and rides on a long 124-inch and 22-inch wheels. The ride is smooth yet the car still tenaciously in the corners. The brakes and steering are delights and feel connected to the bits with no artificial

The car#146;s on-the-road behavior is enough to forgive the gas engine#146;s and sometimes annoying, noises.

Detail . A bespoke, nearly interior with a sublime of multihued leather (or premium wood, and metal. And a genius telematics display that luxury automaker should and emulate.

Driver#146;s Grievance . Sport sounds like a jarring between a vacuum cleaner and a four-cylinder engine. Fisker however, said that fixes are in the works. We hope so.

Line . The Fisker Karma is a luxury and performance vehicle, It does double duty as grand touring machine and hybrid, making it the first of its kind. Henrik Fisker an arresting sedan with Vette-like fenders, Batmobile and a sumptuous, ergonomically sound, comfortable cabin.

Considering the momentous tasks of a car company and producing a car with new that actually works, the deserves a pat on the back. But there#146;s one fault#151;the noise produced by the If the engineers can#146;t fix it for the production we have our doubts as to this ultimate success.

If they Fisker could have a car on its hands.

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