After long promising a new, smaller car rumored to be called the Nina, Fisker debuted the Atlantic at the New York auto show earlier this year. Whereas the existing Fisker Karma is a high-priced luxury machine, the Atlantic is designed to be a more affordable extended range electric vehicle. Fisker has so far been pretty stingy about sharing details on the new car, but fortunately leaked documents give us a better idea of what's to expect.
As in the Karma, expect the Atlantic to be driven by electric motors, with a lithium-ion battery recharged by an on-board gasoline engine. The Karma uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter General Motors engine, but Fisker announced last fall it had signed a deal to use turbocharged four-cylinder BMW engines. Now we know how powerful they will be: according to these leaked documents, the BMW turbo engines will provide 300 hp in the Atlantic.
The leak also tells us that Fisker expects the Atlantic to hit 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, yet produce just 50 grams of CO2 per kilometer -- an exceptionally low number that beats out even current eco-hybrids like the Toyota Prius. The Karma manages the 0-to-60-mph run in a claimed 6.3 seconds.
Fisker will apparently price the Atlantic from $50,000 to $60,000, and lists among its competitive vehicles the Audi S4 and A6, BMW 3 and 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz C- and E-Class, and Jaguar XF. We were previously told the Atlantic would be about the size of an Audi A5, and that it would be priced on par with the BMW 3 Series. Still, the predicted price range is only about half the entry price of a Fisker Karma, which starts at $103,000 after a $1000 destination charge.
Though recent reports had cast doubt on whether Fisker would use its Wilmington, Delaware, plant to build the Atlantic, these leaked documents confirm that the former GM factory will indeed assemble the new car. Production has been somewhat delayed, however, as a Department of Energy loan was frozen, causing Fisker to scramble for private sources of capital. Now it seems that the Delaware factory will be tooled for building the Atlantic from now through 2013, with the first prototypes assembled in mid-2013. Series production of the Fisker Atlantic is now scheduled to start in mid-2014. At the New York show, Fisker claimed the Atlantic would be on sale by the end of 2012.
Of course, there are still several more vehicles in the Fisker pipeline. The company has already shown off its Surf shooting-brake and Sunset convertible concepts, and also is said to be developing a small SUV that could be ready by 2015.
Source: Inside EVs