I don’t know too much about hybrid cars. I personally like the sound of a great exhaust system spewing sweet-smelling fumes from a high performance gas guzzling power plant. One thing I do know about hybrids is that they all tend to look a little weird.
Take the Prius for example. I know it’s trendy in LA to drive a Prius as to show the fellow Angeleno’s you’re doing your part to save the world, but does it really have to look like that? Even the all-electric Tesla (see previous post) manages to look just a little off from your typical sports car. The list goes on but it seems someone finally took note and is trying to change things.
The company Fisker has come a long way from the days of being an aftermarket coach builder; rebodying BMW’s and MB’s to name few. Founders Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler have decided to change the way hybrid/electric cars are perceived and to prove to the world that you can have a fuel-efficient car without looking like a member of the chess club.
The Fisker Karma is a beautifully designed sedan and one of the few cars that has managed to stay true to its concept form. A solar roof is tastefully incorporated into the body adding a futuristic element to an already forward design. Other elements such as 22” wheels and Fisker’s signature sleek front grille adorn the wonderfully sculpted bodywork of the Karma.
The Karma’s powertrain uses the internal combustion engine in series with a generator and the Lithium-ion battery to power the electric motors that power the rear wheels giving up to 50 mi of electric driving. After that, the internal combustion engine engages to generate energy for the electric motors providing up to an additional 250 mi of range; equating to about 52 mpg.
The Karma has (2) 201 bhp motors that can produce a 0-60 time in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph (Sport Mode). Materials such as Water-Based Paints, Reclaimed Woods and EcoSuede are just a few of the ingredients that go into making this eco-friendly, state-of-the-art sports sedan.
While I can literally write a book about the Karma’s technical attributes I really like this car for the way it looks. The performance specs aren’t the greatest, especially when you compare them to other sports sedans in the same price range ($104K – $120K) but sometimes specs aren’t’ everything. The person that drives this car is much like the car itself; a sleek and sophisticated forward thinking individual that believes looking cool is just as important as saving the world. I like to call it “Eco-Cool”.