2010 Fisker Karma

2010 Fisker Karma

Like just about everything with a Fisker badge on it, this sedan is breathtaking to look at. But, surprisingly, there's much more to the story. This sedan, called the Karma, is a plug-in hybrid that Henrik Fisker claims can travel up to 100 miles on a single gallon of gas.

Moreover, using a hybrid module - called Q-drive and co-developed with Quantum Technologies - it can travel up to 50 miles on battery power alone. Combined with its four-cylinder gasoline engine, the big sedan can cover about 620 miles on a tank. Fisker claims a 0-to-60-mph time of 5.8 seconds and a sustained top speed of 125 mph. The Karma offers two driving modes; Stealth mode prioritizes electric operation for maximum economy while sport mode puts the performance of the Karma closer in line with the way the sedan looks. Fisker was very proud of the fact that the Karma also sounds fantastic, "a mix of an F1 car and a jet plane."

Under the beautiful skin is an all-new platform that allows the battery pack to be positioned at the center of the vehicle. This should improve handling by keeping the weight from hanging off of either end. Fisker says deliveries of the $80,000 sedan will begin in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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