Detroit '09: Fisker Karma S

Detroit may have once been home to the muscle car, but these days oomph seems to be measured in volts and not horses. Everyone at the Detroit show was clambering to show off their green credentials and new manufacturer Fisker was no exception.

The Karma plug-in hybrid saloon has been around for a while but this time the company was showing off an SL-rival in the form of the Karma S. It is a hardtop/convertible. The good news is it could sell for as little as £60,000, boasts a lightweight aluminium spaceframe chassis and is RWD.

As well as a 260bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine there is an electric motor in the back and a number of lithium ion batteries, which arguably gives you the best of all worlds. It all amounts to 397bhp, which gives the car a 0-60mph figure of 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 125mph.

In terms of range the car can cover 50 miles in ‘stealth mode’ – battery-powered only – and is equivalent to 100mpg. There are also varying modes the car can be used in that should provide decent mpg matched with strong performance.

It is not clear yet whether the Fisker will come to the UK but RHD is being considered.

Thanks to EcoGeek for the vid

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  • Ex Boy Racer 13 Jan 2009

    Nice looking car. Wonder how difficult it would be to drop a big block V8 into it?

  • BlueEyedBoy 13 Jan 2009

    I can't wait till this and the saloon version are released.

  • Skinner.Daddy 13 Jan 2009

    That is one of the nicest convertibles available on the market today

  • zcacogp 13 Jan 2009

    397bhp and 0-60 of 5.8 seconds? That must be either a massively peaky power delivery or a HUGELY heavy car.

    Given that over 100bhp of that is from the motor (as opposed to engine), therefore flat torque 'curve', it cannot be that peaky.

    So ... how much does this puppy weigh?


  • kambites 13 Jan 2009

    zcacogp said:
    Given that over 100bhp of that is from the motor (as opposed to engine), therefore flat torque 'curve', it cannot be that peaky.
    Depends on how the motor is geared. If the electric motor is running through a single gear ratio with peak power coming at, say, 150mph, it's only generating 40% power at 60mph. Say acceleration is linear, the electric motor is, on average, generating 20% of peak power on the 0-60 dash - or about 20bhp?

    If the motor is connected the engine side of the gearbox, then I'd agree that it must be a heavy bd though. hehe

    Edited by kambites on Tuesday 13th January 13:04

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