Geneva preview: Fisker Karma

February 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

We’ve already seen Henrik Fisker’s plug-in hybrid sports saloon, the Karma, but its structure is to be laid bare at the Geneva Motor Show. The aluminium spaceframe, to be constructed by Valmet in Finland, is said to offer “new levels of rigidity and strength”, giving the Karma “world-class ride and handling characteristics.”

The Karma combines a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with a lithium-ion battery pack and 403bhp rear-mounted motor; it has a 50-mile range in electric-only mode and a 300-mile range overall, and Fisker says that a 100mpg return is entirely feasible.  An optional solar-panelled roof extends the electric range further. The pre-order books for the Karma are now open and deposits ($5000) are being taken.

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