Future Fisker Karma to feature supercharged V8 engine

Article by Anita Panait, on February 21, 2014

The revived Fisker Karma will be powered by a supercharged V8 engine when it goes back to the market in the future, Wanxiang Group has disclosed. Wanxiang, which has recently won an auction to acquire Fisker Automotive, has received approval for the $149.2 million acquisition deal. The plans to revive the Karma as a dynamically powered sports car were disclosed in United States Bankruptcy Court documents and by a person briefed on them.

Founded in 2007, Fisker had wanted to become the first carmaker able to build an attention-grabbing sports car powered by a hybrid engine. The carmaker even earned support of celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, who was drawn in by his concern about climate change.

No thanks to a number of technological issues and management missteps, Fisker stopped production in 2012. Fisker has now tapped the talents of former General Motors executive Bob Lutz, who back then was critical of the carmaker’s environmental approach.

He remarked back then that luxury car owners want firepower under the hood instead of reduced carbon footprint. Wanxiang is planning to work with Lutz and his partner Gilbert Villarreal, who together have founded VL Automotive.

While Lutz has been involved with the Karma since 2013, his connection to Wanxiang’s bid only came up later. During a presentation to creditors, Wanxiang called VL the "soul of Fisker" and commended it for building the "first true American luxury grand touring sedan in decades, the VL Destino." The Destino is a Karma that is powered by a Corvette ZR-1 drive train that allows it to reach a speed of 200 miles per hour.

The stunning exterior of the new Karma features the dramatic proportion that is definitely a Fisker signature. After all, company chief executive Henrik Fisker – in his previous stint in other companies – was responsible for penning the design of some of the most iconic modern vehicles like the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage as well as the BMW Z8 roadster.

Interestingly, the production version of the Karma has managed to retain as well as augment the design, stance and detailing of the original concept. This means that Fisker was able to stay true to its goal to bring the Karma concept to production in its original form.

Thus, Fisker was able to give the Karma with a coupe-like appearance. Moreover, the sporty presence of the new Fisker Karma is conveyed by its long hood, short deck and low roofline as well as pronounced fenders, wide stance and large 22-inch wheels.

In terms of dimensions, the new Fisker Karma is similar to the original Fisker Karma concept car. It measures 196.7 inches (4,996 mm) in length, 53.4 inches (1,330 mm) in height and comes with a long wheelbase of 124 inches (3,160 mm). Despite its short height, the new Karma still offers a cabin that could comfortably accommodate four occupants.

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