By Nauman Farooq
Fisker Automotive might be the new kids on the block, but that hasn’t stopped them from taking the limelight from more established manufacturers.
Last year, Fisker showed the concept version of its stunning Karma sedan at the North American International Auto Show. In 2009, the company brought a fully production spec, functional version of that car.
However, they didn’t stop there; they took this year’s show opportunity to bring another World premiere: the launch of the Fisker Karma Sunset.
This is a two-door, hardtop convertible version of the Karma sedan. It shares the same drivetrain for now; that means two electric motors driving the rear wheels. These motors get their power from advanced lithium ion batteries, which on a full eight-hour charge will give you 80 km of fully electric mode driving.
Once the batteries are depleted of power, a 2.0-liter, turbocharged gas engine (sourced from GM) will kick in to take you the rest of the way home. So this electric car has no distance limitations.
It is fast, too; this car in sport mode develops 403 hp, enough to propel it to 100 km/h from zero in 5.8 seconds, while top-speed is electronically limited to 200 km/h.
While the Karma sedan goes on sale later this year at a price of $87,900 (US), the Karma Sunset won’t see production until late 2011.