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2012 Fisker Karma Starts Delivery, First One Goes To Investor Ray Lane

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It may be the last week of the month but Fisker has come true on its promise of delivering the first of its new 2012 Fisker Karma range-extended electric cars by the end of July.

The very first car went to Silicon Valley-based investor Ray Lane, who just so happens to be Fisker’s Chairman of the Board.

His particular Karma is a ‘Silver Mirage’ example of the new eco-friendly luxury sedan and it also happens to be one of the first in the country. This is because the cars are being produced by independent vehicle manufacturer Valmet in Finland and then shipped over.

Upon delivery of the car this week, Lane said: "This is so much more than just another car. The Fisker Karma represents a new era for the automotive industry and I am proud to be driving the dream of all those who have worked so hard to bring this uniquely green and elegant vehicle to market."

In case you’re not up to date, the Fisker Karma is a range-extended electric car similar to the Chevrolet Volt. However, its internal combustion engine, a GM Ecotec 2.0-liter unit, is used solely to charge the batteries. This is in contrast to the Volt’s engine, which on certain circumstances helps drive the wheels.

Drive comes from two electric motors rated at a combined 408 horsepower and a 959 pound-feet of torque. They’re powerful enough to rocket the four-seat luxury sedan from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and see it reach a top speed of 125 mph.

Fisker claims that its Karma is good for 100 mpg in fuel economy but we’ll have to wait until our own tests to determine if this claim is accurate. For full details on the 2012 Fisker Karma, click here for our previous story.

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  1. all thats lacking is some noise guess we have to waith for the next advance in electric car exhaust lol.
     
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  2. Enzo, if you listen closely you'll hear a noise as he drives off. There are speakers in the rear bumper that produce a noise as you are driving. This helps alert pedestrians that you are near them.
     
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  3. i dont think u get what am trying to say i want it to sound the way it looks that is loud something that i dont need to listen closley for.
     
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  4. get them to tape a beafy V8 engine growl to play its tune when your foot is pressed on the acelerator. And the burble of an old fashioned Goat when idling ...that woudl be a winner
     
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  5. yes it would but i guess they like the recording of the wind a little more.
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  6. It's probably only a matter of time before manufactures offer different engine sounds for electric cars. Along the lines of ringtones for cell phones. Imagine the day you can pay $50 to make your Karma sound like a Corvette...
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  7. get them to tape a beafy V8 engine growl to play its tune when your foot is pressed on the acelerator. And the burble of an old fashioned Goat when idling ...that woudl be a winner
     
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  8. u might be one of the few author that actually respond to our comments.i like that i like that alot shows u care about the thoughts of the readers and a true car guy.
     
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