Fisker Karma coming to 2009 NAIAS

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

It was publicized by Fisker that it will open the production model of its electric-propelled Karma sports saloon in January at the Detroit motor show. Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker said that they are "very excited to be bringing the Fisker Karma back to NAIAS." Furthermore Fisker said that the Krama, price tagged at $87,900, was already allocated until the middle of 2010 and November 2009 will see the start of initial deliveries.

Using its very own hybrid powerhouse, the Q-drive, the Fisker Karma can traverse an all-electric distance of 50 miles. It runs with a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine, which supplies charges to the lithium-ion batteries when they run out of power. It is estimated by Fisker Automotive that regular travelers who drive a distance below 50 miles daily will average 100mpg in a year.

The firm is pledging that the remarkable appearance of the Karma concept have almost been unchanged for the production version. The dashing four-seat saloon is constructed around a lightweight, aluminum structure and has aluminum panels to reduce weight; however it still tips the scales at a massive 2109kg due to its electric powerhouse.

Although it severely lessens the lifespan of the battery, the Karma's omptimum performance is offered in 'Sport.' It has an acceleration rate of 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds and a ceiling speed of 125mph. A combined total of 408bhp is provided by its two potent electric motors.

The default setting is 'Stealth' mode. The Q-Drive, in this mode, runs in an optimal way to lengthen the life of the battery. Peak speed is limited to 95mph and the acceleration is slightly reduced.

In the attempt to increase battery life, the Karma comes with a solar panel on its top and a braking system of the regenerative type. Its wheelbase is also long and a low-strung center of gravity, with multi-link suspensions and Michelin Pilot Sports in an attempt to guarantee its handling fits the straight-line performance.

Power invertors and other bulky parts of the powertrain have been so located to guarantee the most favorable distribution of weight. The Karma will be assembled by Valmet Automotive, the one responsible for making the Boxster and the Cayman for Porsche. It is anticipated by Fisker that 15,000 units of Karma will be soled per year. During the Geneva motor show this coming March the prices and specifications for European versions will be made available.

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