There are two things in the latest Fisker Karma ad that I’d really like to take for a long, hard ride. Ironically, my chances of taking a test drive with either are exactly the same, which would be “zero”. At least the model in the Fisker ads is real, because to date the car has been little more than a rolling design study.
Unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, the Fisker Karma is a plug in hybrid that uses technology similar to the Chevy Volt. The Karma is said to be good for up to 50 miles on battery power alone, before a 2.0 liter turbocharged motor kicks in to act as a generator and recharge the batteries. Unlike the Chevy Volt, however, the Karma is said to have a 125 mile per hour top speed, and should be capable of a zero to sixty mile per hour run in less than six seconds. Also unlike the Volt, the sticker price of the Fisker Karma is just under $88,000.
The Karma is set to begin production in February of 2011, so test mules should be hitting the roads in the very near future. Perhaps the commercial is a good sign that progress is being made, but Fisker’s been awfully quiet over the past few months.