Portrait of a Supercar: 2012 Fisker Karma EVer

imageDo yourself and everyone you know a huge favor and start saving the environment. You can start with me.

I get a combined city/highway fuel economy of 52 mpg, but with 403 total horses, I can go 0-60 in 6.3 seconds. We can cruise 25A and park in Bayville and watch people gawk, or you could use me to run errands—no sense keeping me all to yourself. Your teenagers will thank you for dropping them off at the mall. Your friends will thank you for always wanting to drive.

And Mother Earth will thank you for every mile you cover.

Trust me.

I don’t usually kiss and tell, but I know Mama Earth. With my range extending electric engine, supplementing a 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder, I can go for 50 miles on battery power without my gasoline engine even firing. I’ve got solar panels on my roof so I don’t have to rely on all plug-in electricity. My interior is decked out in microfiber EcoSuede and the wood trim on my dash is made entirely from roots of trees damaged in California wildfires.

That means no woods or woodland creatures were harmed in my making. And I look damn good, too. Maserati good.

I’m the sole reason why the environment and the Chevy Volt are still “just friends.”

It took over three years to perfect me, to go from concept car to the specimen you see before you. Look at my snake-like headlamps, check out my wide, smirking grill and huge 22-inch wheels and tires. And that long, shapely hood. It’s easy to tell my company was founded by a designer with BMW and Aston Martin pedigree.

Let’s forget my looks and clear conscience for a second, if possible. I’m good around curves. Fifty-three percent of my weight is in my rear, so you’ll feel some swinging motion in the tail. Who needs to swagger when you can swish with the power and elegance of a stallion. Just go with it.

And we can go for awhile. That suffix in my name, EVer, stands for ElectricVehicle extended range. I can go for 300 miles on a single tank of gas, even with my electricity spent. That’s almost twice the Island’s length. So unlike some pretend hybrid sport/luxury cars, I’ll take you for a real long drive, there and back, without a care in the world.

But I’ll also warn you. When you plug me in at night, it may be hard to part ways.

At least you’ll feel good about yourself.


Engine: 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine
Plus range extending electric engine
0-60 6.3 seconds (sport mode, with gasoline engine running)
0-60 7.9 seconds (pure electric stealth mode)
Max Power: 403 hp total output
Max Speed: 125 mph
Max Torque: 959 lb-ft
MSRP: $103,000 starting