As far as internal combustion is concerned, the plug-in from Moreno Valley, California has switched from a 2.0-liter General Motors four-cylinder range extender to a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder engine from BMW. Looking at the bigger picture, the combined MPGe rating of 70 is still far off the competition. Even the Toyota Prius Prime managed 133 MPGe and 54 combined.
On the other hand, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that Karma has come up with a status symbol with bite-the-back-of-your-hand beautiful styling instead of a world-class PHEV. Because pricing starts at $135,000 before options and destination, sales volumes shouldn’t surpass those of the Toyota Prius Prime either.
Compared to the 2018 Revero, the 2020 model year makes use of a 28-kWh battery instead of 21.4 kWh. Acceleration from zero to 60 takes 4.5 seconds as opposed to 5.4 seconds, and the dual-motor RWD layout features torque vectoring to better handling in the twisties. Total system output? Make that 535 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, translating to a top speed of 125 miles per hour.
The curb weight of 5,050 pounds is better than the 5,407-pound Revero before it, but nevertheless, care to guess how much a Tesla Model S Long Range weighs? The scales would show 4,941 pounds, and that’s extremely impressive for a full-size luxury sedan with a 100-kW battery and two electric motors.