The 2011 Fisker Karma is a four-door luxury sports sedan from a brand-new company, Fisker Automotive. Henrik Fisker, a former designer for BMW and Aston Martin. Its most distinctive feature is its plug-in series hybrid powertrain, similar to the arrangement being used on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, GM’s new extended-range electric vehicle.
First revealed at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the Karma is the company’s first offering, and will be assembled under contract in Finland. Fisker hopes to sell up to 15,000 Karma sedans and retractable-hardtop models a year. The company has also started to equip a factory in Delaware to produce its next models, due sometime in 2012 or 2013, composed of a full line of four-door sedans, coupes.
The KARMA model is scheduled to begin deliveries in early 2011, with a targeted price tag just under $90,000 with buyers eligible for a $7,500 tax credit. Early advertisements show a sexy sleek 4 door design touting over 400 HP and 100 MPG. Hard to tell at this point how much of this is hype but the car sure looks good. They also plan a 2 door version in 2012.
The Fisker Karma is powered by a 22-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to power a pair of motors driving the rear wheels. It will have roughly 50 miles of all-electric range, after which a 2.0-liter direct-injected EcoTech four gasoline engine, sourced from General Motors, will kick in to power a generator that provides electric power to the motors for another 200 or more miles.
The Karma competes in a very prestige category going against BMW, AUDI and Mercedes. Also in the mix is the new Tesla Model S due in 2012
Fisker also plans to offer a roof fully covered with photovoltaic solar cells, providing enough power to cool the cabin while parked. On consistently sunny days, the Karma’s solar roof can theoretically add 3 to 5 miles of range to the car’s battery each week.