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Fisker Releases Promo Video For Its Karma Plug-In

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On: Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 5:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Releases Promo Video For Its Karma Plug-In

So far the high-end plug-in sports car market has been dominated by the Lotus-based Tesla Roadster. However, there has long been a competitor waiting in the wings. Fisker, the California-based venture started by former BMW designer Henrik Fisker, has the very sexy, sporty Karma plug-in hybrid on the way, a car that will deliver 403 electric ponies and cost well under $100K. The luxury sedan is expected to launch next year and Fisker put up a promotional video of it in action to whet our appetites.

The Fisker Karma features a powertrain that combines two rear-mounted 200-hp electric motors and a 260-hp 2.0-liter  turbocharged four-cylinder engine sourced from GM. Powered by a 200 kW lithium ion battery pack, the electric motors spin the axle, while the gas engine serves as a generator when the batteries are depleted. The Karma promises up to 50 miles of all-electric driving before any gas is required. When you factor the four-cylinder in, the Karma has an overall range of 300 miles. Fisker claims fuel economy numbers of more than 100 mpg.

The two electric motors deliver up to 959 lb-ft of torque and push the four-door to 60 mph in about six seconds. The car's top speed is 125 mph. In electric-only mode, the car hits 60 mph in 7.9 seconds and tops out at 95 mph.

Fisker complements its eco-friendly powertrain with a what can only be viewed as a perfect storm of green. Upon looking at the car, it's hard to miss the roof covered in solar panels. Those panels produce electricity that powers the lithium-ion battery with electricity used for the motors and climate control system. The exterior is coated in recycled glass flake paint. The interior features leather sourced from an energy sufficient plant, a blend of rescued, fallen and sunken wood, and eco-suede. To protect our most valuable natural resource, the Karma includes exterior speakers to warn nearby pedestrians of its presence.

The Karma made its world debut at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was expected to go into production this year, but due to unspecified delays, production has been pushed back. It will run $87,900 when it hits the market. Production is now expected to begin next year.

The new promo video combines some pavement-painting donut action with sultry singing and high heels. In other words: watch it.

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