Fisker Automotive is widely seen as the inspiration behind Tesla, as the company entered into the world of all-electric car production.
Due to financial difficulties, Fisker Automotive underwent a change in ownership in 2012 and the company has been attempting to come back to the automobile sector ever since. Backed by Chinese new Chinese owners, Karma Automotive – or Fisker Automotive as it was earlier called – has come out with the 2017 Karma Revero. The official unveiling of the vehicle has also revealed that it will carry a price tag of $130,000.
The vehicle is essentially an improvement of the Fisker Karma. As a result, much of the exterior design of the vehicle remains unchanged and this may be a good thing. Even though it is almost 5 years old since its original launch came in 2011, Fisker Karma can still turn heads around with its unique looks. The new sports wheels, a new badge, and tweaked front fascia are the exterior elements that largely differentiate from the predecessor.
Majority of the changes on the inside have been with regards to technology. There are major changes to the infotainment system to bring it in line with the latest trends and this means providing Apple CarPlay. The vehicle still uses reclaimed wood to make the accent highlights, which should make it attractive for the environment conscious buyers. The addition of Apple CarPlay, though, brings the vehicle in tune with the latest trends.
The 2017 Karma Revero has the same 2.0-liter powertrain that was at the heart of the Fisker Karma. This engine is used to provide the power for a 21.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The electric motors in the vehicle, which are two in number, are good for 403 bhp and a whopping 981 lb-ft of torque. Since this is an electric vehicle, all this torque is available from the word go and this makes the 2017 Karma Revero extremely fast with a claimed 0 to 60 mph time of 5.4 seconds. It is substantially slower than a Tesla due to the vehicle’s on-board power generator.
On its own, the electric motor is capable of only running the vehicle for around 50 miles. However, the range can be extended to 300 miles once the gas engine kicks in to play. Karma says that it would take around 3 hours for the battery to be charged using AC current. On DC current, this time reduces to around 24 minutes.