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Fisker Karma first promo [video]

Approaching vaporware status

Fisker has released a new promotional video for the Karma plug-in hybrid.

The sexy sedan features two electric motors that produce 300 kW (402 hp / 408 PS) and 1,300 Nm (959 lb/ft) of torque. They are powered by a 200kW lithium-ion battery pack, which allows the car to travel up to 80.5 km (50 miles) before a GM-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine kicks in to recharge it.

In terms of performance, the car accelerates from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in approximately six seconds, hits a top speed of 201 km/h (125 mph) and as an estimated combined fuel consumption rating of 2L/100km (117.6 mpg US).

The Karma was scheduled to go on sale last year, but it was delayed for unspecified reasons. It is now expected to launch in 2011.

Source: Fisker

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joelynn
regardless of the figures I'd want one simply because it is one of the, maybe simply the most beautiful cars on sale today.
Aug 27, 2010 11:48 am
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clash_189
When the RHD version come? Really looking forward this car on street however the price is a bit too high compared to 6 series sedan (coming soon) and CLS. Unless, Fisker can keep the 80grand price tag to other part of worlds and it is a bargain. Personally, I do also like the Q-drive label which means there is chance for more powerful capacitor on tuned version, say QR-drive (what a cool name referred to Dr.Q on Bond's flash car).
Aug 26, 2010 6:29 am
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johnny232
the figures look great: 0-60 in 6s, 116 mpg and 125 mph top speed and I would expect that in about 5-10 years time we'll be seeing hybrid sports cars which will outperform current models (458, SLS, Murcielago 670 SV etc.)
Aug 26, 2010 3:42 am
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Siawa
Looks disjointed in the beginning but what an ad. And that interior is just mind blowing.
Aug 25, 2010 12:15 pm
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fred123456
Well for the design and features of the car it looks great but the reason y the price is so high also plz remember is an independent company and not really getting any source of income like a VW or Toyota. I do not think personally i could fork out $80000 now for this but maybe in the near future this might change. There are always goin to be critics in anything you do so i guess they are doing it for there fans.
Aug 25, 2010 9:52 am
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997-GT500-STI
Turning green is a cumulative effort, if done by a huge group of people the glaciers might stay in tact and not melt. The car is quite sexy! But for $80,000-$100,000 how many can say I have a Fisker?!? Not to mention that it ways 1300KG… It is a yuppy car in a FUBU sense. Sure if you can afford it no Prob, but I’d rather go all green in a bluemotion VW, or a non-sticky pedal Prius…..
Aug 25, 2010 6:20 am
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zamzungas
This car looks so damn coll hot awesome, it can hold it on its own, just watch at steering wheel, rear seats, front grille, and center panel, i haven't seen anything like that before . I believe it will handle as good as it looks :)
Aug 25, 2010 6:05 am
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cata
Very, very beautifull car in terms of design, interior and exterior. All the other 4-door coupés should have taken notes. Especially when you see the latest iteration of CLS! Damn, I even like the Passat CC more than all the other A7s, 6's, CLS and Panamera's. But the commercial really sucks! And what sucks even more is what other guys where saying here! All the performance is braught down by the weight of the car (batteries). If you aim green: go full baterries like Tesla or even more efficient but still not fully developed (or having a really big price) a Fuell Cell hybrid (fuell cells with baterries). If you aim fuel consumption put in a torquier diesel that will increase the efficiency for batteries also. Otherwise just put in a nice turbocharged V6 or even better... H6 and we have something to dream of!
Aug 25, 2010 3:46 am
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dmanero
Are those solar panels for the roof? Love the commercial
Aug 25, 2010 12:40 am
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Prancing Horse
Gorgeous design,stick a regular BMW or Benz V-8 instead of this "green junk" and i would be first in line.
Aug 25, 2010 12:20 am
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v6s_stink
The true life cycle cost in energy and carbon is probably better with the V-8's. Greenwashing is more important now than reality.
Aug 25, 2010 1:54 am
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theyngturk
Alright, okay. I want to express. Women can be at times sexy. This is agreed upon. Now that that point is deferred, I would like to ask a q'steon (question). Besides sexualizing or over sexualizing women (a bad thing maybe?), can companies really sell cars without having a woman near it (acting sexy to sell)? Well, I personally don't believe they should and I don't need a woman to hint that a vehicle has passion or soul. Nor do I pay any attention to the sexy model near the Ferrari. No matter how much a company "models" a prototype after women, it stills looks like a ferocious animal-a creature-something far from women, a creation out of the physical and aesthetic elements provided by earth. Not a 'he' or a 'she', but an 'it.'
Aug 24, 2010 10:03 pm
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bordeauxman1
Perfect commercial . Congratulations !!!!!
Aug 24, 2010 9:09 pm
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CDspeed
The only thing I don't like is the wheels. Don't get me wrong, I like the design of the wheels but being so big the tires look like they'd be flat in no time.
Aug 24, 2010 6:33 pm
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eddie
I would definitely want this over 2 chevy volts...especially when the convertible arrives
Aug 24, 2010 3:58 pm
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eddie
This is new technology and new boundaries being formed. They are doing a great job for all this new technology.
Aug 24, 2010 3:57 pm
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ithyandel
400 hp and 6 seconds 0 to 60 sounds very slow, especially when the top speed is 125mph... where is the power going??? is this car 3 tons or are those electrical performances only? kind of disappointing for $80,000
Aug 24, 2010 3:31 pm
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CndSalesPro
DISAPPOINTING??!!?? You've got to be kidding me right? Do you not realize how much batteries weigh? Wow.....
Aug 24, 2010 4:14 pm
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ithyandel
CndSalesPro don't get me wrong here, i want to like this car. the whole car looks great, inside to outside. but it expresses performance, i am disappointed to have to pay 60,000 more than a car that uses the same engine, for few miles per gallons and worst performance. there is no way the few gallons you save on the life of the car would cost that much. i'll wait for the Tesla S.
Aug 24, 2010 5:01 pm
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zamzungas
Well, show me car which eats 4l on 100km and accelerate in 5 seconds ;)
Aug 25, 2010 6:07 am
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nederinaa
this is more like it. move over cls, panamera, etc
Aug 24, 2010 3:21 pm
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Shaktiman
ooohhh.. what a sexy interior.. if this is the future of green vehicles.. then i'm all for it.. ;)
Aug 24, 2010 3:20 pm
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freeway
and BTW, brilliant slogan: ... "to make you hot, not the planet"... congrats to those marketing guys... and again, great car, great everything, I don't know if I have anything to comment about it... hopefully will be great to drive too... Good luck to the Fisker brand
Aug 25, 2010 4:12 am
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kuba0804
@freeway@ Yeah, brilliant slogan... Religion was always a powerful thing to gain profits. Don't get me wrong, I really like this car and I'm fully behind this conception of powertrain, but Karma doesn't need "Man Caused Global Warming's" prophecies (like other eco-friendly vehicles) to sell well.
Aug 25, 2010 7:46 pm
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