Is the Fisker Automotive Karma luxury plug-in hybrid ever actually coming to market? All indications seem to be yes, at least according to printed materials the automaker has made available related to the Geneva Motor Show. These materials, including a very thick press packet, seem to correlate a recent story pinpointing an actual production date for the Karma of this month.
Fisker said production for its Karma will start just 37 months after the concept first debuted in early 2008. The price for said luxury automobile? A hefty $95,900, before federal tax incentives remove up to $7,500 off the sticker shock. The automaker seems set on this being the price, saying in its press materials that pricing makes it “competitive with conventional luxury sedans such as the BMW 750Li, Mercedes-Benz S550 and Porsche Panamera.”
In terms of specs, the latest data from Fisker on the Karma states the plug-in hybrid has a total range of 300 miles (483 km), and can achieve more than 100 mpg (2.4 L/100 km) with just 83g CO2/km on an annual basis. It can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in just 5.9 seconds and will run purely on electric power supplied by an advanced, rechargeable lithium ion battery for up to 50 miles (80 km); after that, a 175 kW generator, driven by a 2.0 L, direct-injection, turbocharged gasoline engine, provides an additional 250 miles (403 km) of range. The Karma’s total range reportedly can exceed 300 miles.
Current plans call for the Fisker Karma to initially be sold and serviced through 45 United States retail locations as well as in retail centers across Europe and, soon, China. Other variants of the Karma, including a convertible, are planned, and Fisker said it is preparing to build a second, lower-priced model line in its recently acquired factory in Wilmington, Del., for 2012.