Sometimes I wish I was Leonardo DiCaprio.
And not because of all the beautiful women that surround him. Although certainly that would be a nice perk.
No, today I wouldn’t mind being Leonardo DiCaprio because at the endof this month, he’ll be taking delivery of a very sweet, next-generation luxury car.
It’s called the Fisker Karma, and it’s definitely a high-endautomobile that’s not designed for those who worry about the price ofgas.
Although interestingly enough, this car doesn’t need a drop of thestuff to take you from from zero to 60 in 5.9 seconds. Because thismachine is electric.
That’s right, the Fisker Karma is a plug-in hybrid electric vehiclethat’ll get you an all-electric range of 50 miles. And for longerdistances, the car’s 2.2-liter engine, which powers a generator thatrecharges the battery pack, will allow you to tack on another 250 miles.
The battery pack, by the way, is supplied by A123 Systems (NASDAQ:AONE).
But this car ain’t cheap. Of course, no luxury car is. And quitefrankly, for just under $100,000, the Karma’s luxury and engineeringcred make it a viable contender.
Bottom line, this is really a luxury car that just happens to be a plug-in. Or what I like to call, a glimpse of the future.
Now so far, Fisker has landed 3,000 pre-orders for the Karma, and expects to be completely sold out until next year.
The company also has a second vehicle, the Nina, which is alreadyunder development. This one’s a little easier on the wallet, althoughat between $40,000 and $50,000, still not a vehicle for those on alimited budget. Which I’m sure isn’t worrying Fisker, as it is veryclear that this company is not looking to compete with Nissan and GM inthe electric vehicle market. No, this company’s competition will befound primarily in the luxury car market. And honestly, it may actually thrive there.
I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
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