First Pics of Fisker's Karma undergoing Road Tests

Discussion in 'PHEV or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle' started by atlaw4u, May 11, 2008.

  1. atlaw4u

    atlaw4u Well-Known Member

    Fisker's $80K Hybrid Hits the Road.

    [xfloat=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/fisker.jpg[/xfloat]Chuck Squatriglia - Wired - May 9, 2008

    Fisker Automotive isn't wasting any time getting its Karma plug-in hybrid on the road. Five months after pulling the wraps off the car at the Detroit auto show, it's flogging a test mule in Southern California.

    The pictures offer the best evidence yet that Henrik Fisker is serious about getting the $80,000 sedan into showrooms by the end of next year, and they're a shot across the bow of Tesla Motors as the two companies race to bring the first high-performance four-door hybrid to market.

    Fisker isn't saying anything about what's under the hood of the prototype, but we know the company is working with Quantum Technologies on a series parallel drivetrain that will use an electric motor to drive the wheels and an internal combustion engine to charge the lithium-ion batteries. Autocar says it could be a 1.4 liter Volkswagen engine, but all Henrik Fisker would tell us, through a spokesman, is "the car MAY have a German engine that turns the generator."

    Clearly the company isn't allowing itself to be distracted by its legal fight with Tesla, which has filed a lawsuit claiming Fisker agreed to design Tesla's WhiteStar sedan, then cribbed from its confidential files to design the Karma. Fisker calls the suit nonsense.

    We've got more pics from Fisker…[rm]http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/05/fisker-karma-pl.html[/rm]
     
  2. donee

    donee Well-Known Member

    Hi All,

    Does anybody else think the front of this car reminds one of the Chessire Cat ?
     
  3. atlaw4u

    atlaw4u Well-Known Member

    It's definitely unusual to say the least.

    [xfloat=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Fisker_Karma.jpg[/xfloat]
     
  4. ATL

    ATL Well-Known Member

    looks like the cross of a porche, nissan 350Z, and a GTO to me
     
  5. lightfoot

    lightfoot Reformed speeder

    Reminds me of a car salesman.
     

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