Fisker Automotive has reached another milestone that doubters never thought they would: the first factory built (though not production) Karma will be on display at the upcoming Paris Auto Show. Fisker will also be announcing details on their global importer network, which bodes well for their ability to get vehicles to market once the Karma reaches production. Their stated goal is production of 100,000 cars per year.
Unlike other plug in hybrids, which are aimed primarily at commuters, the Fisker Karma is positioned as the world’s first luxury plug-in hybrid. Per CEO Henrik Fisker, the Karma represents the future of the automobile, and its projected capabilities are indeed impressive. Fisker claims the Karma will produce 403 combined horsepower, which will make it capable of zero to 100 kph (62 miles per hour) in under six seconds, on its way to a top speed of 124 miles per hour. In keeping with it’s environmentally focused mission, the Karma will return some 100 mpg and will produce emissions of just 83 g/km.
The sticker price of the Karma, just under $88,000, reflects its luxury focus. There’s no denying the car’s stunning design, and if it actually performs to spec in production form it will revolutionize how plug in hybrids are perceived. We’ll know when the car hits production in the first quarter of 2011.