FISKER TO LAUNCH ALL-NEW CAR
Aston designer expands portfolio, seeks funding
The company was founded by Henrik Fisker, once design director at Aston Martin -- he was responsible for the DB9 and V8 Vantage.
Details of Fisker's planned new car are sparse, as the news comes accompanied by a request for venture capital to help fund the expansion. We do know, however, that the new car is planned to cost just $100,000 -- about £52,500 -- which is a big step into volume manufacturing. It plans some 400 cars a year.
So far, Fisker has coachbuilt bodies on existing chassis from Mercedes and BMW.
- Fisker 2006 Tramonto, based on a Mercedes-Benz SL chassis, is a two-seat convertible, delivering 610 horsepower and 0-60mph in just 3.6 seconds. The top speed of the five-speed automatic is electronically limited to 202mph. Mercedes-Benz's technological innovations, from the power-retractable hardtop to Active Body Control, remain untouched, as do the safety systems, including crumple zones and airbags.
- 2006 Fisker Latigo CS, based on a BMW 6 Series. As in the Tramonto, all electronic, telematic and safety systems remain untouched from the original manufacturer, and every original vehicle option is available. An elegant coupe, the Latigo six-speed manual delivers up to 500 horsepower, 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph.
- 'Tramonto', which means 'sunset' in Italian, and 'Latigo' are both canyon roads in Malibu.
We'll be watching this next project with huge interest.