If you end up getting this model, it’s definitely because karma was working in your favor – the 2012 Fisker Karma, that is. From an MSRP of $95,900, consumers can cruise around town in style with this innovative, flashy, daring and exciting sports car. While this car may look like a new European sports car, potential buyers can rest assured that Fisker designs, manufactures and distributes their cars from the United States, and they are based out of Anaheim, CA.
The engine of the subcompact sports car is a hybrid of gas and electric, generating exceptional fuel economy – although the gas tank is only able to hold 9.5 gallons of fuel. The Karma can get up to a pretty decent speed for a hybrid, topping out at 125 MPH. It’s a rear wheel drive that has a 1-speed direct drive transmission. The front and rear suspensions are independent double wishbone configurations, making for a remarkably smooth riding experience. The 2012 Fisker Karma also comes with 4 disc brakes with electro-hydraulic boost, making for the optimum braking capabilities.
As far as looks go, the Karma takes the cake in its class. This sleek ride has extravagantly designed exterior lines and is 84” wide (including mirrors), by 52.4” high by 196.8” long. Most of the models are available in 7 colors, but the base model, the Karma EcoStandard, only comes available in White Sand and Eclipse (black). The bi-xenon headlights with interior LED lighting, come standard on the all three models, the EcoStandard, the EcoSport and the EcoChic.
Inside the cabin, consumers will be enthralled with what they see before them. First of all, there is a massive 10.2” multi-function touchscreen which plays music, provides GPS navigation and much more. The Karma also comes with 6 100watt speakers, so you and your riders can rock out to your favorite tunes. Or if that doesn’t satisfy your musical needs, there’s an upgrade option for 8 speakers with 295watts and a subwoofer. As is the case with most new car models, it also comes equipped with Bluetooth capabilities, so you can talk to your friends and family without having a bothersome headset in your ear. The 6-way power-adjusted heated front seats will have the driver and passenger in total comfort and the voice-activated GPS navigation system will provide exact directions to the location of your choice. For those of us who have reversed into an unseen, low-sitting object, the Karma comes with a rearview camera, to avoid that exact circumstance. This camera is perfectly suited to the car, because test drivers have continuously complained about the poor rearview visibility, as well as the inferior trunk space.
The 2012 Fisker Karma is also one of the safest vehicles in its class, with 8 standard airbags, including knee airbags for both the drive and passenger. The antilock brakes with Panic Brake Assist help ensure that the vehicle comes to a complete stop when and where the driver wants it to.
While the 2012 Fisker Karma may not be the cheapest car on the road, it’s sure one of the most fun to drive. Plus, think of all the money you’ll save on gas, with this hybrid.