Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fisker Karma Up Close and Personal in Boston

You've seen the Fisker Karma pictures by now and undoubtedly know the basic facts: 204 HP, 960 lb/ft ot torque.

Considering there are only 500 of these in customers' hands worldwide as of April 2012, it was a treat to run into one of them on my way to the Esplanade in Boston today:

The official all-electric range for the Fisker Karma is 32 miles. The total range with a full tank of gasoline and a fully charged battery is 230 miles. The car includes a solar paneled roof as a standard option, which aids in the recharging of its lithium-ion batteries, as well as the cabin climate control system. The solar roof is capable of generating energy estimated to provide up to 4 to 5 miles of additional range a week, assuming continuously sunny days. No wonder all this adds to a total weight of 5,300 lb for the car.

As of March 2012, a total of 2,000 Karmas have been produced with around 500 customer deliveries, mainly in the U.S.

So glad the Karma I saw today was not the chrome travesty fitted with purple under-body neon lights that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were recently spotted in. Judging by the fact that this one was backed into a corner spot of a tiny parking lot, you can safely assume it is owned by someone who really cares for it. Still kills me to think that someone chose this over a Porsche 911 GT3 for that money, though...


  1. It is not a question of either/or. To the uninformed this shows that "I care" and maybe more importantly that "I am the future" I would guess that the GT3 is in his enclosed aluminum trailer, towed by a $5o,ooo diesel cab and a half...and more power to him. Still I am feeling jealous while I put off my sunday morning yard chores which is probably why I have gone to the computer one last time before going outside to work.

  2. Well said, well said. I can see the rationale better now that you put it that way. It's about how it make you feel. For many people, showing that "I care" and maybe more importantly that "I am the future" matters.