One of the coolest debuts from this year's Detroit Motor Show was the Fisker Karma S Concept, a plug-in hybrid hardtop convertible which tries to proove that a car can be both environmental friendly and exciting. Based on the same aluminum spaceframe architecture and powered by the same Q-DRIVE powertrain (403 hp from two electric motors) as the Fisker Karma sedan, the car can go up to 50 miles on a single battery charge.
"Our objective is to create a singular design language and heritage around our state-of-the-art Q-DRIVE® powertrain," said Fisker Automotive, Inc. CEO Henrik Fisker. "The Karma S is an extension of the Fisker Automotive product range of eco-conscious automobiles and sets the tone for our future." It's good to see that things are finally getting started with the Karma project, after a lot of talking, Fisker Automotive finally presenting a production ready version of the Sedan in Detroit and now this beauty.
Check out a full photo gallery after the jump.
Photo Gallery: Fisker Karma S Concept
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Besides showing us the 2010 Fisker Karma Hybrid Sedan, Fisker Automotive unveiled the new Fisker Karma S Concept today at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. Unlike the Fisker Karma, the Fisker Karma S loses two-doors so we're guessing that Fisker may even offer a coupe Karma sometime in the future.
The four-seater Fisker S Karma Hybrid hardtop convertible shares its aluminum spaceframe architecture and Q-DRIVE powertrain with the Karma sedan. The concept was designed by Quantum Technologies for Fisker Automotive and provides 50 miles of emissions free driving with up to 403-hp from the two electric motors.
"The Karma S is an extension of the Fisker Automotive product range of eco-conscious automobiles and sets the tone for our future," said Fisker Automotive, Inc. CEO Henrik Fisker.
We're guessing we'll hear something official at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.
Fisker S Karma Hybrid Concept:
Fisker today unveiled its first production car at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show - the 2010 Fisker Karma Hybrid. Pricing for the Karma starts at $87,900 but is chopped down to $80,400 after tax credits. Fisker says that it has already received 1,000 orders for the world's first 100 mpg luxury plug-in hybrid sedan. Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2009.
The 2010 Fisker Karma is powered by a 201-hp electric motor that is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack provided by Q-DRIVE. That allows the Karma to travel 50 miles without the use of any gasoline. After battery power runs out, the Karma uses a 260-hp turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec direct-injection engine that provides additional mileage. Fisker says that the Karma has a total range of up to 300 miles is estimated in Sport Mode. The 2010 Karma can sprint from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph.
The Karma will be produced by Valmet Automotive in Finland. The first 99 examples will be built to match the exterior and interior of the Karma prototype seen at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show last January. Each unit will feature a personalized plaque with a serial number and signature from Henrik Fisker.
Follow the jump for the high-res image gallery and the press release.
2010 Fisker Karma:
LEADING THE FUTURE: FISKER AUTOMOTIVE UNVEILS 2010 FISKER KARMA PREMIUM PLUG-IN HYBRID PRODUCTION CAR
100 mpg Fisker Karma Makes its World Premiere at the 2009 North American
DETROIT, MI. Jan. 12, 2009: Fisker Automotive, Inc., the new American
The four-door, four-seat Karma fuses the traditional and timeless styling of veteran
Q-DRIVE®: POWERFUL TECHNOLOGY
Exclusive to Fisker Automotive, Q-DRIVE® provides the best combination of power,
"More than 60 percent of America's 200 million drivers travel less than 50 miles per
Q-DRIVE® features two operating modes: Stealth Mode and Sport Mode. In electric-only
With a top speed of 125 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds, the Karma is the world's first
LUXURY AND STYLE
Karma's exterior design features the continual flow of sculpture and dramatic proportion that is
"From initial concept to final production, it is important for Fisker to maintain a singular design language and to keep the integrity of the original design, inside and out. Extreme proportions, beautiful sculpture and earth-friendly materials are key elements that set the Karma apart," said Fisker Automotive, Inc. CEO Henrik Fisker. "An inspiring drive is also an important and crucial element. Our hope is that the Fisker Karma will create a new segment of eco-friendly
A desirable car of any kind requires an inviting cockpit. Fisker's interior design team focused on
Karma's instrumentation and controls focus on ease of use. Embedded in the layered
"The Karma's material philosophy balances sensuality and accountability," said Fisker. "We have
Karma buyers will choose from three trim levels: EcoBase™, EcoSport™ and EcoChic™. The
KARMA PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY
To meet production goals, Fisker turned to specialty builder Valmet Automotive in Finland.
Also at the heart of defining the future is Fisker's retail network. A selective process to support initial deliveries is underway and interest from established dealers is high. Customers can expect a high level of service from retail partners that share their environmental and energy
Fisker Karma S