Motavalli Drives Fisker Karma Electric Hybrid

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Published: 23-Jan-2012

The production version of the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid visited The New York Times Wednesday evening and was offered for a brief test drive that amounted to a modest victory lap for the long-delayed performance sedan. The Karma finally reached dealers and its first customers late last year, albeit at a price roughly $20,000 higher than its initial projections.

The test environment, Times Square, was less than ideal, but I spent enough time in the Karma’s cockpit to note what the car didn’t do: rattle, shake or, aside from some uneven panel gaps, exhibit the telltale signs of a hasty spin through the production line at the Valmet Automotive plant in Finland where Karmas are built.

In purely electric mode, Stealth in Fisker parlance, and gas mode, or Sport, it was quiet in the cabin, very likely too quiet for enthusiasts who enjoy the gurglings of a twin-turbo V-8. The big Brembo brakes quickly stopped the car, which was running on 21-inch winter tires, and although there was no opportunity to test cornering limits, the sedan felt confident in hasty lane changes. It also attracted quite a bit of attention from onlookers, including two separate groups of police officers.

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