The Fisker Karma Sunset Coupé
One of the most beautiful and seemingly ready for production hybrid electric concept cars we’ve seen in recent times is without a doubt the Fisker Karma Sunset. The car uses the same base platform as the 4 door Fisker Karma which itself is due out a little later this year, the revised bodywork has won a slew of admirers and although Fisker have announced no firm plans to produce the Sunset although all indications are that we can expect to see either the Sunset or a very similar car to roll out of the Fisker factory sometime after the Karma 4-door begins its first productions run.
Estimated pricing for the Sunset is running at just over the $100,000 USD mark, this would put it well below the Ferrari California ($192,000) and the Maserati GranTurismo ($118,000) and make it quite a bargain when viewed in context. We anticipate the Sunset will be offered with very similar specifications to the Karma 4-door although some have postulated that it might offer a power boost with a subsequent reduction in range.
If Fisker do decide to go with a full production version of the Sunset it’ll be a strategic move that is diametrically opposed to the strategy laid out by Tesla Motors who have committed to producing the Tesla Model S, a cheaper (though still not cheap) electric car that will coast about $50,000 USD after tax breaks. It is worth noting that Fisker are also working on the now infamous Project Nina, a project to produce a series of far more affordable hybrid electric cars by either 2012 or 2013, although in electric car terms 2012-2013 probably means 2015-2016. Another interesting battle to watch will be the battle of the all important battery manufacturers with Tesla using Panasonic (NYSE: PC) and Fisker using A123 Systems (NASDAQ:AONE), the technology is this field will very likely determine the dominant boutique electric or hybrid electric vehicle maker for the coming decade, if not longer.
What do you think? Would you sell a kidney for a Fisker Sunset?
Official Fisker Karma Sunset Press Release
Fisker Automotive, the new American manufacturerof premium green automobiles, unveiled the Fisker Karma S concept at the 2009North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) today. The four-seat, plug-inhybrid hardtop convertible furthers the company’s belief that driving style andperformance need not be compromised for environmental friendliness.
The open-air Fisker Karma S concept shares its aluminum spaceframe architectureand clean Q-DRIVE® powertrain with the Fisker Karma sedan. Designed andengineered by Quantum Technologies exclusively for Fisker Automotive, Q-DRIVE®provides 50 emission-free miles on a single charge to its lithium-ion battery pack, and up to 403hp from two electric motors. The power retractable hard top, a first for Fisker, glides neatly into the trunk and a unique design language sets the Karma S concept apart.
“Our objective is to create a singular design language and heritage around our state-of-the-art Q-DRIVE® powertrain,” said Fisker Automotive, Inc. CEO Henrik Fisker.
“The Karma S is an extension of the Fisker Automotive product range of eco-conscious automobiles and sets the tone for our future.“