2012 Fisker Karma  -  $103,000


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $103,000
Base Invoice: $0
Destination Charge: $1,000
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn EcoStandard
Doors: 4
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 20 | City: 20 | Hwy: 21
Body Style: 4dr Sdn EcoStandard
Transmission: Single gear fixed ratio transmission
Engine: 2.0L DI turbocharged I4 engine

Pros

Beautiful to look at; environmentally friendly; luxurious and quick


Model Highlights

The Karma's unique drivetrain comprises a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder to generate power for the car's two electric motors which combine to produce 403 horsepower. But electric motors are known for their strong torque output and the Karma doesn't disappoint, producing 959 foot-pounds of it at zero RPM. The car can run in either "stealth" or "sport" mode, the former using just the electric motors and the latter utilizing the gasoline engine to keep the batteries charged. For short journeys the Karma can simply be left in stealth mode and recharged at home with a standard 110 volt outlet.

The Fisker Karma comes in three different trims: EcoStandard, EcoSport and EcoChic. EcoStandard is the most basic trim, but is of course full of features befitting a pricey luxury car. A 6-way power adjustable driver's seat, USB and MP3 capable stereo, dual zone climate control, an auto-dimming mirror, 22-inch wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights and Sirius XM radio are all included in the EcoStandard. These are all somewhat expected for this class of luxury car; however a couple of unique features set the Fisker Karma apart from other luxury automobiles. A massive 10.2-inch touchscreen monitor ensures that the Karma's interior won't be confused with anything else and makes operating many of the dashboard mounted controls no more difficult than using an iPad. A roof-mounted solar panel helps store electricity, but also allows the climate control to run while the car is off.

The EcoSport builds on the EcoStandard by adding hands-free voice activated navigation functions to the touchscreen monitor and improving the sound system to a 295 watt 8-speaker unit with a subwoofer. A rear camera is included, as are leather or suede seats, though Fisker is careful to note that the leather is sourced from a 100 percent sustainable facility.

The EcoChic is the most expensive trim level and also features the highest level of sustainability for the interior. The leather is gone, replaced with an animal free premium "ecosuede" material while the wood in the dashboard has been sourced from trees felled in California wildfires. In other words, the EcoChic is the most environmentally friendly luxury sedan money can buy.

Options are relatively sparse across all trim levels and consist mostly of paint choices including a diamond dust paint that uses recycled glass to give it a unique sheen.

Safety is provided by eight airbags including separate knee airbags for front seat occupants and side curtain airbags that span the length of the interior. Stability control, traction control and ABS are standard, the latter featuring special programming in the event of a panic stop situation. Other safety aids include an automatic battery cut-off function and a small chime emanating from beneath the rear bumper when the vehicle is reversing, a feature that would be unnecessary if electric cars weren't so quiet in their operation.


Model News

The brand new Fisker Karma is a full-sized luxury sedan with a trick hybrid drivetrain. Stunningly beautiful, the Karma manages to look like a sports car while still seating four people in comfort. The hybrid drivetrain allows the Karma to operate as an electric vehicle, complete with plug-in recharge system. If the driver chooses, an onboard gasoline engine can also be utilized to recharge the batteries and keep the Karma moving in much the same manner as a traditional hybrid.


Value Writeup

The Karma competes with full-sized luxury sedans and coupes from manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW with a price point of around $100,000. Its stand-out styling immediately makes a strong case for the car, but it's the eco-friendliness of the vehicle that really sets it apart from its rivals. Going beyond just a hybrid drivetrain, Fisker have done everything they can to ensure that the Karma has a minimal impact on the environment. Unlike most other hybrids and in accordance with its styling, the Karma has a fun side as well. Performance is good and handling was made a priority in its design. Starting a new car company is no easy task and Fisker has done their best to ensure that their first product is a strong one.


Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
21 MPG

Cruising Range - City
180.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
20 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
20 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
189.00 mi

Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4

Displacement
2.0L/-TBD-

Fuel System
Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
403 combined

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
981 @ 0

Trans Type
1

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic

Battery Range
50 mi

EPA Classification
Subcompact

Passenger Capacity
4

Passenger Volume
88.8 ft³

Front Head Room
38.3 in

Front Leg Room
42.6 in

Second Head Room
35.7 in

Second Leg Room
31.4 in

Wheelbase
124.4 in

Length, Overall
196.8 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
78.1 in

Height, Overall
52.4 in

Track Width, Front
66.6 in

Track Width, Rear
67.0 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.6 in

Trunk Volume
6.9 ft³

Base Curb Weight
5300 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
SLA

Suspension Type - Rear
SLA

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Load leveling

Front Tire Size
P255/35R22

Rear Tire Size
P285/35R22

Front Wheel Size
22 x 8.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
22 x 9.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.5-16.1

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
40.4 ft

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall
41.1 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
14.6 x 1.3 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
14.4 x 1.1 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
9.0 gal

Basic Years
4

Basic Miles/km
50,000

Drivetrain Years
4

Drivetrain Miles/km
50,000

Corrosion Years
6

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
4

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
50,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
12V241000

Mfg's Report Date
MAY 25, 2012

Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: BATTERY: PROPULSION SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected
19

Summary
FISKER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 FISKER KARMA PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, THROUGH JANUARY 20, 2012. WITHIN THE HIGH-VOLTAGE BATTERY, CERTAIN HOSE CLAMPS MAY HAVE BEEN POSITIONED INCORRECTLY DURING ASSEMBLY. IF POSITIONED INCORRECTLY, THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT COVER COULD INTERFERE WITH THE HOSE CLAMPS, POTENTIALLY CAUSING A COOLANT LEAK FROM THE COOLING HOSES.

Consequence
IF COOLANT ENTERS THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT, AN ELECTRICAL SHORT COULD OCCUR POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A FIRE.

ALL KNOWN OWNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED AND INSTRUCTED NOT TO CHARGE OR DRIVE THE VEHICLE. OWNERS WILL BE ADVISED TO CONTACT AN AUTHORIZED FISKER DEALER WHO WILL ARRANGE TRANSPORTING THE VEHICLE DIRECTLY TO THEIR REPAIR FACILITY. THE REPAIR FACILITY WILL REPLACE THE HIGH-VOLTAGE BATTERY WITH A NEW PART, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FISKER CONSUMER AFFAIRS AT 1-855-575-7577, OPTION 2, 6AM - 7PM (PST) MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

THIS RECALL IS AN EXPANSION OF SAFETY RECALL 11V-598. FISKER'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 51611001. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
12V413000

Mfg's Report Date
AUG 21, 2012

Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN

Potential Number of Units Affected
1,377

Summary
Fisker Automotive (Fisker) is recalling certain model year 2012 Fisker Karma passenger cars manufactured from June 15, 2011, through July 9, 2012. A manufacturing defect in the low temperature cooling fan may result in a direct short.

Consequence
A direct short may ignite the fan housing, shroud and surrounding components, causing a vehicle fire.

Fisker will notify owners, and dealers will remove the two potentially affected low temperature cooling fans and replace them with one improved low temperature cooling fan, free charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on August 27, 2012. Owners may contact Fisker consumer affairs at 1-855-575-7577, option 2, 6am - 7pm (pst) Monday through Friday.

Fisker's recall campaign number is 520120016. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

2.0L DI turbocharged I4 engine

Single gear fixed ratio transmission

Limited-slip differential

Rear wheel drive -inc: twin rear electric motors

20 kW/h battery -inc: 180 kW lithium ion w/Nanophosphate technology

Convenience charger

Generator

Keyless ignition -inc: electronic push button start

Independent front SLA suspension -inc: monotube shock absorbers

Independent rear SLA suspension -inc: load-leveling shock absorbers

Electric pwr assisted rack & pinion steering

4-wheel Brembo disc brakes -inc: driver selectable, fully regenerative braking system

22 x 8.5" front 5-spoke "Circut Blade" aluminum wheels

22 x 9.5" rear 5-spoke "Circut Blade" aluminum wheels

P255/35R22 front & P285/35R22 rear GoodYear Eagle F1 SuperCar tires

Tire inflator kit

Solar roof

Bi-Xenon headlamps

Low-energy LED tail lamps & turn signals

Body coloured auto-dimming mirrors

Tinted windows -inc: deep tint rear windows w/backlight

Audio system -inc: 100-watt, AM/FM, MP3, USB & AUX inputs, (6) speakers

Bluetooth hands-free phone capability

Sirius/XM radio ready

Simulated leather seat trim

6-way pwr front seats w/pwr lumbar, memory

Heated front & rear seats

seat foam made from soy-based bio fiber

Carpet backing made from recycled post-consumer materials

Steering wheel audio & phone controls

10.2" touch-screen display

Pwr windows w/express up/down

Pwr door locks

Passive entry door handles

Keyless activation

Remote start -inc: activation of HVAC system & exterior parking lights

Cruise control

Alarm system

Dual-zone climate control

Wing wood sustrate made w/recyclable post-consumer pine fiber

Lightweight, animal-free interior environment

Certified Deep Sunken Wood trim from Lake Michigan

Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/HomeLink

Illuminated entry/exit

EcoLucent laminate battery column & door bezel illumination

Interior lighting w/parade mode, theater dimming

Turn signal tip blinking

Anti-lock brakes w/panic brake assist

Electrically actuated parking brake

Traction control (TCS)

Electronic stability control (ESC)

Automatic battery disconnect

(8) airbags -inc: dual front, dual front side, dual front knee & dual full-length head curtain

Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children (LATCH)

 
ECLIPSE
$0

 
WHITE SAND
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
BLACK ONYX, SIMULATED LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

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