This 21st century automotive masterpiece was engineered by a team of engineers in Los Angeles, CA headed by Aston Martin’s former head of Design Henrik Fisker, who is most famous for building the Porsche Boxster plant in Finland.
The company now has a new owner, who prides itself in being a leading manufacturer of automotive components called Wanxiang America Corporation, has carefully recrafted and revised the structure of the company. In doing so, an aspect of re-organising the company in light of it’s bankruptcy proceedings was a benefit of a $2,000 warrantee for each purchased car. Since production models are rumored to have an entry price of over $100,000, this as-new Karma is bound to showcase exceptional value.
It is no surprise that the Karma has been built to spectacular looking standards, given that Henrik Fisker was also responsible the Aston Martin Vantage and the BMW Z8. It goes without saying however, that the Karma exceeds all expectations by providing a functional touch and a unique aesthetic mainly attributed by the car’s solar roof panels. These act as a supplement for charging the battery, not only adding to the car’s electric mileage, but keeping the air conditioning functioning at a set temperature even if the car is not running.
Based on a bespoke aluminium spaceframe that carries a mid-mounted battery pack on its longitudinal spine, the 2012 Karma ES carries a 2.0-litre, 260bhp front engine.
Astonishingly, on the battery power alone, this particular Karma ES can accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 8 seconds, but when the engine is activated this time is slashed to a short 5.9 seconds.
The electric- and gasoline-powered motors work together to create a combined output of 402 bhp, 2.0-liter Ecotec turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with two rear-mounted AC electric motors, single-speed direct-drive transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel Brembo regenerative brakes.
This outstanding Fisker Karma was built originally for the Italian market and was supplied by Fisker Italia Concessionnaires 10-05-2012. Benefitting from the highly desirable option of Shadow paint, finished by using a special technique of blended paint and ground-up particles of glass, giving this Karma ES a very stylish and head-turning look. With Sabbia hide matching carpets and top role the car oozes class and sophistication.
By including a cutting-edge hybrid design and technology, the Karma ES suits the daily driver and will surely be a future collectable.