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Fisker Moves One Step Closer To Production With Karma Configurator

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On: Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 9:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Moves One Step Closer To Production With Karma Configurator

The Fisker Karma was originally debuted as a concept at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. In the nearly three years that followed, production on the plug-in hybrid has been delayed several times. Despite Fisker's green but powerful design, it had looked at times like the Karma was going to be nothing more than a fancy concept.

Finally, Fisker appears ready for production. The company brought its final production Fisker Karma to the Paris Motor Show and now it's launched a configurator so that potential buyers—and those who just like to fiddle around with fancy cars—can see what their dream Karma will look like.

Users of the new configurator will be able to select from three trim levels: Eco Standard, Eco Sport, and Eco Chic (you figure Fisker's trying to drive green engineering home?). There are a total of eight exterior colors and seven interior colors, but options depend upon what trim level you choose. The Eco Standard and Eco Chic add to the eco-factor by offering man-made interiors, but the Eco Sport comes in full leather trim. The interior wood is designed to add a little eco-geek appeal, crafted from Lake Michigan sunken wood (Standard), California downed storm wood (Sport) and presumably-non-scorched California wildfire wood (Chic).

The Fisker Karma uses a Q-Drive powertrain, which pairs two 201-hp rear-drive electric motors with a range-extending 260-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine. The car boasts up to 50 miles of all-electric range and about 300 miles of total range. Standard equipment on the car includes roof-mounted solar panels, six-way adjustable front seats with lumbar support, keyless, push-button ignition, heated rear seats, a remote start, and power-folding side mirrors. The Karma comes with a 50-month/50,000-mile warranty.

The Fisker Karma has long been making the rounds in silver, so it's nice to be able to see it in various colors. On the minus side, most of the eight colors are some shade of grey, with Laguna (blue) and Inferno (red) being the only two real colors in the mix. To enjoy all eight exterior color options, be sure to select the Eco Chic trim level because the other two are limited. I like the Laguna exterior with the Glacier interior myself.

The Karma will sell for $87,400.

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