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Fisker unveils fulls details of the production version of its Karma plug-in hybrid sports car

After a year of delays, the USA’s ground-breaking Fisker Karma range-extended hybrid sports saloon appeared in final production form at last week’s Paris motor show.

Designer Henrik Fisker gave Autocar up-to-date information on its specification, production and distribution specifics.

See pics of the Fisker Karma - plus pics from the Paris motor show launch

The car enters full production at Finland’s contract manufacturer Valmet early in 2011, its sole global factory base. After ramp-up, some 15,000 units will be built a year, split between saloon, ‘Sunset’ convertible and a third, as yet unconfirmed bodystyle.

At first the Karma will be offered as a four-door, four-seat coupe-cum-saloon powered by a series ‘range-extended’ hybrid powertrain.

Two rear-mounted electric motors, driving the rear wheels, give it a peak power output of 398bhp, and 981lb ft of torque from zero rpm.

They feed from a 20kWh lithium ion battery, providing enough power for 50 miles of zero emissions range.

And that electrical powertrain is backed up, in turn, by a 2.0-litre Ecotec turbo petrol engine ‘generator’ delivering 256bhp at its peak, but that’s unconnected to the car’s wheels.

Fisker has yet to confirm the exact kerbweight of the Karma, but despite an aluminium spaceframe structure and various aluminium and composite body panels, it’s expected to be in excess of two tonnes.

Performance in sport mode should still be good: 0-62mph in 5.9sec and 125mph flat out. The car’s full range-extended range should be 300 miles.

“We’ll be pricing the Karma to compete with BMW’s 750i in most markets,” explained Fisker, implying a sticker of about £70,000. “Our UK dealer network will be confirmed over the coming weeks. We’ll certainly be well represented, and deliveries should start in March or April of 2011.”

Once the Karma’s up and running, Fisker’s growth plan only gets more ambitious. “We’ve already aquired a factory in the USA, and we’re investing in a slightly smaller model family of plug-in hybrids roughly the size of BMW’s 3-series. We expect to be able to produce 100,000 of those cars a year before 2015."

The American company is also expected to announce details about the expansion of its dealer network and future marketing campaign imminently.

Matt Saunders

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As Autocar’s chief car tester and reviewer, it’s Matt’s job to ensure the quality, objectivity, relevance and rigour of the entirety of Autocar’s reviews output, as well contributing a great many detailed road tests, group tests and drive reviews himself.

Matt has been an Autocar staffer since the autumn of 2003, and has been lucky enough to work alongside some of the magazine’s best-known writers and contributors over that time. He served as staff writer, features editor, assistant editor and digital editor, before joining the road test desk in 2011.

Since then he’s driven, measured, lap-timed, figured, and reported on cars as varied as the Bugatti Veyron, Rolls-Royce PhantomTesla RoadsterAriel Hipercar, Tata Nano, McLaren SennaRenault Twizy and Toyota Mirai. Among his wider personal highlights of the job have been covering Sebastien Loeb’s record-breaking run at Pikes Peak in 2013; doing 190mph on derestricted German autobahn in a Brabus Rocket; and driving McLaren’s legendary ‘XP5’ F1 prototype. His own car is a trusty Mazda CX-5.

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ordinary bloke 17 September 2010

Re: Fisker Karma to launch at Paris

ischiaragazzo wrote:
OMG as the 12 yo say - that is gorgeous


Agreed, one of the best looking four-door saloons I've seen.

crashbangwallop 17 September 2010

Re: Fisker Karma to launch at Paris

They were up to $87,000 and climbing in the US. Given the usual price in the States to selling in the UK for cars is 1:1, I am sure this wil be Tesla territory and I'd be on £100k.

ordinary bloke 17 September 2010

Re: Fisker Karma to launch at Paris

crashbangwallop wrote:
I thought the most interesting bit of the article was the absence of a price, This is going to come in at £100,000 plus in the UK.
The price they were originally suggesting when the car was first announced was about £45,000 but like all these things the original attractive price seems to get higher and higher the nearer the on-sale date approaches. You can guarantee that the price will be considerably higher in Europe and UK that being just a US$/GB£ conversion.