No 2 250kg luxury sedan with a 3,15m wheelbase and 22inch wheels has a right to be this athletic, smooth and collected, whether hustling or cruising. The Karma, Fisker’s first car, is a plugin hybrid.
A pair of 150-kW electric motors drive the rear wheels, and when the 22-kilowatthour battery pack is depleted (after roughly 80 km) or when the driver calls for full power with the Sport mode, a GM-supplied turbo four-cylinder fires to spin a generator. We love this car’s dual personality, Bentley-beating interior, solar-panel-covered roof, and the sexiest silhouette this side of Scarlett Johansson. But oh boy, that petrol engine is a noisy beast when it’s running. Fisker says a fix is in the works. We hope that’s true, because the Karma could, like the Volt, change the way drivers perceive EVs. – Colin Mathews
2012 Fisker Karma
Powertrain Two 150-kW AC electric motors powered by a 22-kWh battery pack and a 194-kW petrol engine backup generator
EV range 80 km
0–100 km/h 5,9 seconds
Wallpapers: Visit New on the Block (February 2012 issue of PM) to download wallpapers of selected cars.