Luxury Car of the Year, the 2012 Fisker Karma
By: Photography By Fisker Automotive
Imagine driving a luxury automobile and only having to fill the gas tank once a year. Meet the Fisker Karma, the world’s first premium luxury vehicle with extended range; a car that represents Fisker Automotive’s belief that environmentally conscious cars need not sacrifice passion, style, or performance. The Fisker Karma gives you the freedom to plug-in or fill-up without having to drive some boring box on wheels.
Fisker Automotive, an American car company founded in 2007, is the brainchild of Henrik Fisker; the famed automotive designer responsible for penning such modern creations as the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9. Designed and engineered at the company’s Southern California headquarters, Fisker’s vision of uncompromised responsible luxury is incorporated throughout the design and production of the Karma.
The luxurious Karma – Fisker’s first production car – is a 403 horsepower electric plug-in hybrid sedan that features two driving modes: Stealth that allows you the ability to drive up to 50 miles after charging and Sport that provides you access to the Karma’s full power and range. When in Sport mode, the Karma is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and achieving a top speed of 125 mph; while providing you a total range of up to 300 miles. Able to produce up to 981 ft-lb of torque, the dual-electric motors define a new era of electric exhilaration.
The Karma drive train is unlike any other hybrid electric automobile. Fisker calls its drive train, EVer; which stands for Electric Vehicle extended range. What does that mean? The Karma uses an electric generator and battery pack to power the dual electric motors that drive the rear wheels, giving the Karma a range of up to 50 miles on a single charge. After 50 miles, the internal combustion engine engages to support the electric motors enabling you to drive up to an additional 250 miles. (Note: there is no mechanical linkage between the gasoline engine and the drive train. The engine operates as a generator, providing the energy to run the electric motors). If you drive fewer than 50 miles per day, you could feasibly never have to fill the tank up with gas.
The exterior of the Karma is inspired by the muscular grace of a cheetah. Walking up to the Karma you will quickly notice the vehicle’s low profile and aggressive stance. Upon further inspection, you will see the functioning solar panel roof. The Karma contains the world’s largest seamless solar glass roof on any production vehicle. This unique roof not only produces energy to help power the Karma’s interior cooling system, but also has been determined to be capable of providing up to 200 additional miles a year for drivers to enjoy – all powered by the sun. Even the Diamond Dust paint covering the exterior of the vehicle has been manufactured with recycled glass. The 35%-55% recycled glass flake mixture releases zero volatile organic compounds in to the atmosphere. Even the standard 22-inch wheels and Brembo brakes have been thoroughly thought out and are welcomed features to the smaller, dull wheels and brakes that you might expect to find.
The interior demonstrates Fisker’s dedication to the use of reclaimed, recycled, and reusable materials: the wood trim is sourced from reclaimed lumber – no live trees are ever used, the seating foam is fashioned from soy-based bio-fiber, the leather is obtained from farms that abide by the Five Freedoms of Humane Animal Treatment where approximately 85% of the hide is used (this is more than double the amount used by traditional automakers). The Karma’s command center is an industry first with a 10.2-inch touch screen that controls climate, navigation, phone, and other secondary systems. The end result is an interior that sets a new standard in the luxury automotive segment.
It’s no wonder that the Fisker Karma was recently named “Design of the Year” by Automobile Magazine and “Luxury Car of the Year” by BBC Top Gear magazine.
The Karma can be equipped with three trim levels: EcoStandard, EcoSport, and EcoChic and comes with a new vehicle warranty of 50 months or 50,000 miles. The base price for this incredible vehicle ranges from $95,900 to $108,900 and is eligible for a $7,500 U.S. federal tax credit and other state and local incentives.
The Fisker Karma is now available at Fisker of San Antonio. “We are very excited about this amazing vehicle and we are proud to represent the Fisker brand,” said Matt Burkholder, General Manager of Fisker of San Antonio. “The Karma is beautifully designed and truly embodies Henrik Fisker’s philosophy of responsible luxury.”
To schedule a Fisker Karma test drive, please contact Fisker of San Antonio. Fisker of San Antonio is located at 15423 IH-10 West, San Antonio, Texas 78249. (210) 341-2800 or at www.barrettmotorcars.com.