2011 Fisker Karma Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The 2011 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid is an all-new car based on an all-new architecture. Construction of the Karma has been contracted to Valmet Automotive, which has experience building Porches. Fisker recently purchased GM’s former Wilmington, Delaware facility, and plans to produce Fisker vehicles there in the near future. Born from the imaginings of Henrik Fisker, the famed Aston Martin designer, is the 2011 Karma. This vehicle sports a dual electronic motor-powered plug-in hybrid system and Q-Drive that powers the rear wheels. This environmentally advantageous luxury car is ideal for the wealthy wanting to express their refined tastes. Competing with the Telsa, the Karma’s designer wants to funnel funding from earlier luxury cars into more reasonably priced cars.
The Karma is a non-conventional sedan sporting a lithium-ion battery so the car can get 50 mpg derived from its electric-powered engine. Once the charge is depleted the vehicle coverts to the 2.0 L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that re-powers the battery. The design stems from the Chevy Volt configuration. This vehicle covers 300 miles, uses little fuel, and emissions are radically reduced.
The Karma has a sport mode with 403 horsepower too, obtained from the Q-Drive system; this allows the car to achieve zero-to-sixty miles per hour in 5.9 seconds. The battery charges up in 6 hours time too. The sedan will be followed by a convertible: the hardtop Karma Sunset.
The Karma is a long, low and sleek sedan with coupe-like proportions. Its Cheshire Cat grille is unmistakable yet uniquely handsome and large wheels help give it a smaller feel. It is slightly larger than a Maserati GranTurismo. The Karma’s interior is an exercise in restraint, with as few controls as possible while still offering an in-dash navigation and entertainment system. It is likewise luxuriously appointed and wrapped in leather, though final specs haven’t been revealed yet.
Fisker claims a peak 403 horsepower from its Q-Drive powertrain setup in the Karma, and when Sport mode is engaged, Fisker claims a 0-to-60 time of 5.9 seconds, and says the battery can be charged in as little as six hours depending on the connection. An energy-saving Stealth mode is the powertrain’s default setting and limits performance in order to optimize efficiency. Power comes from a lithium-Ion battery pack that can deliver 180 kW of peak electric power. A 260 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine acts as an electrical generator when the battery is depleted after about 50 miles. Specific safety details haven’t been announced yet, but per Federal regulations, the Karma will offer at minimum driver and passenger front airbags and electronic stability control.
Engines: Dual electric rear motors, 2.0L turbocharged I-4 (ICE)/generator combination
Transmissions: Single-speed reduction gearbox
Models: Sedan, Convertible Coupe