Fisker Karma 'S' Sunset - Electric Motor Nirvana
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - At the Geneva Motor Show Press Day on March 3, 2009, we were fortunate to catch a great image of the new Fisker Karma 'S' convertible. The 'S' stands for 'Sunset', which can be read on the front fender, and one look up-close at this car and all you can say is "awesome!". With its absolutely unique exotic car lines, and its visually significant 22 inch alloy rims with low profile sport tires, the new Karma 'S' convertible sets the future for its image as a powerful, low emissions, high efficiency supercar.
The Karma 'S' is built on the 4-door Karma platform and is expected to be released to Fisker showrooms in 2011, approximatley a year after the Karma 4-door sedan debuts in early 2010. The Karma 'S' convertible will be sold in the United States, Europe and other select world markets. The Sunset convertible is powered by two 150 kW (total 403 hp) electric motors and these draw electricity off the car's 200 kw lithium ion battery. Once the batteries discharge, or when in 'Sport' mode, a hybrid 260 hp 2-litre turbocharged engine starts to power a generator to supply electricity to the two electric drive motors.
In the 'Steath' mode, the Karma 'S' can drive a round trip of 50 miles (80 km) on just it battery power, and in this mode it creates zero emissions (0 grams CO2/km). In 'Stealth' it accelerates from 0 to 60 (96 km/h) in seven seconds and has a top speed of 95 miles per hour (153 km/h).
Switching to 'Sport' mode, the Karma 'S' runs on the 260 hp 2-litre petrol (gasoline) engine as well as the 200 kW lithium ion battery. With both power sources, the car can accelerate fro 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.8 seconds and has a top speed of 125 miles per hour (200 km/h). In 'Sport' mode the Karma 'S' has a range of 300 miles (483 km).