Fisker Automotive delivered on its promise that it would unveil the production version of its Karma hybrid saloon at Detroit, but it added a surprise element to the launch – a convertible version of the four-door.
The Fisker Karma S is a concept car but Fisker wants to put it into production. “The Karma S is an extension of the Fisker Automotive range, and sets the tone for our future,” said CEO Henrik Fisker.
A four-seater with a folding hardtop that stows in the boot, the Fisker Karma S is also a plug-in, like the Karma saloon. Fisker has not confirmed when the car will go on sale.
Deliveries of the Karma saloon, which costs $87,900 (£60,000), start this autumn. It is powered by a range-extender set up, with a 256bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine driving a generator that charges the batteries. They power a pair of 198bhp electric motors that drive the rear wheels – the engine never actually propels the car directly.
The car can operate in three modes. In stealth it tries to minimise the need to use the engine to charge the batteries by operating as efficiently as possible, and can use electric drive only for 50 miles.