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Fisker Karma - 2008 Detroit Auto Show

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Fisker Karma - 2008 Detroit Auto Show - Day 2


Fisker Automotive, which is the project of former Aston Martin head designer Henrik Fisker, has today showed off its premium plug-in hybrid sports vehicle named Karma.

The car uses a standard four-cylinder engine attacked to a lithium ion battery pack. The Karma is the sort of car you can take out all day, then bring it home to charge.

It will simply plug into an ordinary household outlet and take roughly six hours to recharge on a 220-volt system. The best thing about the car is its ability to run for 80km on electricity alone, Henrik said. U.S. prices for the Karma are expected to start at around $80,000.



Additionally the Karma utilises a solar panel on its roof to help recharge the battery.

Looking at the car you would have probably expected a lot of power and noise, and although power is still unconfirmed (we can
 

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I'm not paying 80 grand for a 4-cylinder car.
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but thats not a bad looking car, i just wish it was only 2 door/2 seater.
 

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Yeah besides the under powered engine, the car looks amazing.
 

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4 cylinder + electric motor - it will have some power. Retards are willing to pay $100,000 for the Tesla roadster (which has yet to produce a single legitimate road car), and that's pure electric motor

that aside, from a design standpoint - its pretty interesting and kind of attractive.
 

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I like it. It looks good and I think it's actually pretty reasonably priced for what you get. and it actually exists.


What I don't like is how NAIAS has become a fvcking ersatz greenpeace meeting.
 

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Looks like one of my designs when I was still in college. I can't say I really like it, if they shorten the the axle-to-A-pillar a little bit it will have better proportions IMHO.
 

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Fisker Karma - Hot 408hp Hybrid Supercoupe!

Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing — Fisker Reveals the Production Karma
By Chuck Squatriglia EmailDecember 03, 2008 | 6:35:33 PMCategories: Fisker Karma, Plug-In Hybrids



We're going to come right out and say it — the Fisker Karma is freakin' hot.

Fisker Automotive has released photos of the production car it unveils next month at the Detroit auto show. Although the car is nearly identical to the drop-dead gorgeous prototype we first saw 11 months ago — it even keeps the rooftop solar panel — that silvery-chrome paint somehow makes it even sexier.

The only significant changes to the 408-horsepower super-luxe plug-in hybrid are a grille that's a little bigger at the corners, an air intake that's a little larger and an aerodynamic diffuser beneath the rear bumper. It's impressive to see the production car hew so closely to the prototype because too often something that wows the crowd at an auto show gets watered down as it moves from concept to reality.

Of course, that isn't a problem when the guy who designed the car is the same guy who founded the company building it.



ash, Henrik Fisker, whose designs include the Aston Martin DB9 and the BMW Z8, has melded classic lines with liminal technology in a car that, like the Tesla Roadster, raises the bar of what is possible with green technology while making it sexy. The long wheelbase and wide stance give the car a European flair akin to the Maserati Gran Turismo.

Beneath that aluminum and composite body is an aluminum spaceframe chassis cradling a pair of electric motors that together produce 300 kW (408 horsepower) and a stunning 959 ft-lbs of torque. Fisker claims the car, which weighs 4,650 pounds, will do zero to 60 in 5.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 125 mph.

Power comes from a 22.6 kW-hr lithium-ion battery that runs down the middle of the car. It's good for 50 miles, but you don't have to worry about getting stranded as the battery winds down. An onboard generator driven by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine pulled from the General Motors parts bun bin will keep the electric motors turning and recharge the battery, which also gets a boost from regenerative braking. Fisker calls the drivetrain "Q-Drive," and it's remarkably similar to the technology underpinning the Chevrolet Volt.

Unlike the Volt, the Karma will have three operating modes. The default mode is "stealth," and it delivers optimal range and efficiency. Acceleration is governed to maximize battery life, and top speed is limited to 95 mph. Flip the switch to "sport" and you get unfettered access to all 408 ponies. "HEV" or charge-sustaining mode works a lot like a strong hybrid and provides deceleration engine shutdown, engine start-stop and charge sustaining.

As for the solar panel on the roof, it is comprised of 80 cells divided into four zones. Output is 130 watts, and Fisker says the panel will help charge the battery and, when the car is parked, keep the interior cool.

All that technology and sexy packaging won't come cheap - the Karma will carry a base price of $87,000 when it goes into production at the end of next year. Despite the hefty price tag (and faltering economy), Fisker says he's sold out through mid-2010.



The production model, with revised grille and air intake. That's an exhaust port for the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine just behind the front wheel. Note the differences to the prototype shown below. The grille still looks like a mustache though.


http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/12/aint-nothing-li.html

Today is the first ive heard of this car but im pretty impressed. It should drive super smoothly with that much power and having the solar panels is a great idea to help keep the batteries charged.

This is how a hybrid should look. Not some guy prius box
 

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A new front is all this car needs. I can't get past the whale baleen grill.
 

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The grille still looks like a mustache though.
It does seem to have a Magnum PI thing going on.



I like everything except the price tag and the four doors --why?
^ this. It would look great as a two door [according to the chopped version in my head]. But I guess with the fuel efficiency comes the capacity to transport more people...or something. :confused:
 

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Fisker Karma S concept

FISKER UNVEILS KARMA S PLUG-IN HYBRID HARDTOP

Fisker Automotive, the new American manufacturer
of premium green automobiles, unveiled the Fisker Karma S concept at the 2009
North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) today. The four-seat, plug-in
hybrid hardtop convertible furthers the company's belief that driving style and
performance need not be compromised for environmental friendliness.

The open-air Fisker Karma S concept shares its aluminum spaceframe architecture
and clean Q-DRIVE
 
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