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post #1 of 21 Old 04-03-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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What is everyones thought on the car? Anyone here own a Karma?
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It looks like a Z4 from the front.
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It looks like a Z4 from the front.
Wasn't the Z8 designer involved in this?

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Wasn't the Z8 designer involved in this?
Yes, it is his company, Henrik Fisker.
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There might be a lot to like about the car, once fixed, but the front mustache look is trying too hard for uniqueness IMO and should be revamped next go. It doesn't evoke much in long term sentiment to me.

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I'm not so sure I understand why a sports cart is a good fit with EV technology. To me the market is a cheap, light weight commuter car....but clearly i don't understand
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it could be that the times are/will be changing abeit very slowly in favor of any vehicle that is 'sporty' regardless of how it's propelled. I'm sure there were steamer runabouts as well as other types back in the day. Actually, I've read electric vehicles and other types were amongst the fist before the modern combustion came along.

Not sure the sport car is relegated to just combustion engines.....lot could be said in the sailing or areospace world regarding engines. Shoot, America's Cup---soon to be here in SF---has cats which were not considered 'normal' hulls for the race.

are we stuck in the past?

Besides, the Tesla can drop dead out perform---straight line---off the start most if not all combustion exotics.

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Yes, it is his company, Henrik Fisker.
He is almost as lazy then as the group that works on the 911.
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He is almost as lazy then as the group that works on the 911.
No one's that lazy...

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I like Fisker - wouldn't buy one but I do like them.
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I like Fisker - wouldn't buy one but I do like them.
they're really great looking cars, tons of presence. even in SoCal I do a double take when I see one.

I would own one maybe, in a few years, if they make it to the "viable business" stage...

of course it helps that within a mile of my house there's a Fisker dealer (and a Tesla dealer, a mile the other way).

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Its interesting how little things change in generational design. Looks like its sibling the karma... which in turn looks alot like a maserati grand turismo. Which if you look around at the upscale market you can find elements in american, korean, japanese and european designs. I feel the same way Doug.... I wouldn't buy one either..... cool designs though.

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Any particular reason you guys wouldn't buy one?

I'm considering putting a deposit down on one
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I dunno..... something about a car having a "soundtrack" just doesn't evoke the same emotions as say a GTO or Enzo... or F1 car. I'm sure its a nice conveance though..... if it does it for you go for it.

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I saw a Karma the other day in San Francisco and liked the car.
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I dunno..... something about a car having a "soundtrack" just doesn't evoke the same emotions as say a GTO or Enzo... or F1 car. I'm sure its a nice conveance though..... if it does it for you go for it.
I plan on taking a Karma out to get a true feel for these cars within the next week. We shall see.. From the pictures I think the styling is a homerun though. Yes it's the same style over and over but if I ran into a string of girls that looked like Jessica Alba I wouldn't complain
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nor would I.

Please let us know your impressions.

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I heard a little piece on the news this morning about the Atlantic. It seems the DE gave them quite a bit of money to help refurbish an old GM plant in DE, so if the production site changes and Fisker won't be creating a specified number of jobs in DE, then Fisker needs to return that money.
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I'm not so sure I understand why a sports cart is a good fit with EV technology. To me the market is a cheap, light weight commuter car....but clearly i don't understand

Its for the wealthy who want to make a statement about their concern for the environment.

And then there is the whole guilt thing about the environment hence the name.

Besides as a business plan it ain't bad. After all how many secretaries can afford an overpriced, unproven technology like the Chevy Volt without a government subsidy. Opps, I forgot who's in office. They might get a subsidy yet.

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Any particular reason you guys wouldn't buy one?

I'm considering putting a deposit down on one


I like electricity as a source of energy and in a car it has great promise IF battery and motor technology can be improved to the degree that it will take to make it viable, which in my opinion it is not now. We also need to be serious as a nation about electric generation and we are really far from that.

Right now I think a diesel electric hybrid makes a lot more sense but I have not yet seen that implemented well in an automotive application. One real barrier to that is for this country to get real about our emission laws for diesel engines. We need to quit allowing environmental extremists with no understanding of engineering and physics write our EPA regulations

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