Fisker Already Has 3000 Karma Orders

It looks like a futuristic Aston Martin that’s been redesigned by Chris Bangle. We’re talking about the Fisker Karma, for which the carmaker says it already has 3,000 pre-orders. Film star Leonardo di Caprio will reportedly become the owner of the first unit of a car that people have been waiting on for what seems like forever. Other important clients that Fisker can boast with include Al Gore and Colin Powell.

"Our sales are split 50:50 between early-adopting car enthusiasts and total non-car enthusiasts who just like that we are bringing something totally new to market," said Fisker. "They recognise the infrastructure isn't there for electric cars, and see we offer a stylish, stress-free alternative with no range compromises."

Fisker says first deliveries will begin this month, and the company’s plant in Valmet, Finland, will roll out 300 units a week by November. As a result of the 3,000 or so pre-orders, the company says the Karma will probably be sold out until early 2012.

We’ll remind you that Fisker Karma is powered by two rear-mounted 201.5 horsepower (150 kW) electric traction motors that draw energy from the lithium-ion battery pack for up to 50 miles (80 km).  The gasoline engine drives a 175 kW electric generator to power the motors, and there is no mechanical link between this engine and the drive motors.

“Benefiting from a four-wheel independent SLA (double-wishbone) suspension, also employing aluminum components, the Karma has been specifically tuned to run on standard 22-inch aluminum wheels, a first for a production car,”
Fisker brags.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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