2012 Fisker Karma Price
March 5, 2012 by staff
2012 Fisker Karma Price, Shopping for a 2012 Fisker Karma? MSRP: $102,000 – $115,000, The 2012 Fisker Karma is a four-door luxury sports sedan from a brand-new company, Fisker Automotive. Henrik Fisker, a former designer for BMW and Aston Martin, founded the company in 2007. In addition to its low-slung and slinky styling, its most distinctive feature is its plug-in hybrid powertrain, similar to the arrangement used on the Chevrolet Volt, another extended-range electric vehicle.
First revealed at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the Karma is Fisker’s first offering, and is assembled under contract in Finland. Fisker hopes to sell up to 15,000 Karma sedans and retractable-hardtop models a year once full production has been reached. The company has started to equip a factory in Delaware to produce its next model, a line of four-door sedans, coupes, and crossovers known under the code name Project Nina, though the schedule for that next model remains unclear.
Deliveries of the 2012 Fisker Karma began late in 2011 after many delays. The car wins praise for its looks and pioneering technology, though there’s no directly comparable model offered by any other maker. It competes both with similarly sized German prestige sedans-like the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A6 (and their upcoming hybrid variants)-but also with the 2012 Tesla Model S, if that all-electric sedan arrives in the summer of 2012 as planned.
The Fisker Karma sedan is priced at $106,000, with most buyers eligible for a $7,500 credit on their Federal income tax returns. Additional body styles using the Karma platform, including a “shooting brake” sports wagon model called the Surf and a two-door model with a retractable hardtop, the Karma S or Sunset, are planned as follow-on models
The Karma uses a 22-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to power a pair of 150-kilowatt (200-horsepower) electric motors driving the rear wheels. The EPA rates it at 32 miles of all-electric range, after which a 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder gasoline engine, sourced from General Motors, kicks in to power a generator that provides electric power to the motors for another 200 or more miles. The Karma came under some criticism for its relatively low gas mileage in this range-extended mode; the EPA rated it at just 20 miles per gallon with the engine running.
Drivers can select one of two modes: “Stealth” is the all-electric mode, up to the capacity of the battery pack, while “Sport” switches on the engine to deliver more power and better performance. A pair of “Hill” modes increases the regenerative braking, allowing the Karma to be driven “on one pedal” more often, similar to the pioneering Tesla Roadster, the first modern electric-drive car.
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