Since its first announcement, the Fisker Karma has seemed like the best of all worlds--stylish, green, and high-performance. OK, maybe not the best--there is the Porsche 918 Spyder to contend with--but its actual retail availability and performance claims have been viewed with something of a degree of skepticism. This month, Karma hopes to get a toe-hold in the real world with a tour to launch its retail network.

The tour will see the Karma make the rounds to 42 local markets in 26 states (plus three Canadian provinces), allowing the future retailers of the car to start making impressions on potential buyers. The Karma is slated to begin deliveries early in 2011.

Though the car has yet to make it into the hands of journalists, the car made its public driving debut at Laguna Seca last year, and in December, Danish crown prince Fredrik drove one at the Greenhouse summit in Copenhagen.

In case you've forgotten, Fisker claims the Karma generates 403 horsepower from its plug-in hybrid system, getting to 60 mph in six seconds and topping out at 125 mph. All of that in a four-door sedan layout, with a range of 300 miles, though only the first 50 miles are all-electric.

Fisker Karma aluminum spaceframe

Fisker Karma aluminum spaceframe

For more on the Karma, check out our preview story here.