We already know the basics about the plug-in electric 2012 Fisker Karma, such as price and a few features, but what we did not know was how it drives. Well, the first drive reviews have now come in and the bottom line is quite positive. One would have thought that the $95,900-$108,900 price tag would have been an issue, but we guess that such technology comes at a price.
Autoblog had the chance to try out how the 2012 Fisker Karma at the California Speedway, which we presume is in anticipation of the Frankfurt Motor Show. We do worry that this is not the best show to unveil their finished design off.
As with all EVs it is a strange experience when you sit in the car and press the ignition button, as there is no thumping sound from a powerful gas-burning engine, instead all the instruments come to life and await you to press the accelerator pedal. It is then that you are propelled from 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds — not bad for a car that is powered by the same stuff as your toaster.
However, you can select sport mode, which will do the 0-60mph sprint in just 5.9 seconds. However, doing so will reduce your range. There will be those who will start to compare this to the Tesla Roadster, and for good reason. However, the two are for different markets, but the Model S is certainly a true rival.
Auto Express has also had some time behind the wheel of the 2012 Fisker Karma, and believes that its nearest rival is the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid. The question will be if the small time outfit will be able to take the fight to the big German automaker?