Following up on Karma’s previous remarks regarding its upcoming Revero EV sedan, the Chinese backed firm has revealed new details about the reborn Fisker Karma including its official pricing as well as technical specs.
As mentioned in our last report, the Revero as well as Karma itself was born from the ruins of Fisker after its purchase by Wanxiang, and as a result, the Revero shares much of its styling with the Karma. However the Revero stands out from its ancestor thanks to several subtle details including its hand painted badging, minor styling tweaks, and a revised version of the Karma’s solar panel roof.
Numerous rumors claimed that the Revero would be powered by a BMW sourced engine, however the folks at Autoblog have learned that the Revero will not follow this route, and instead retain the long in the tooth, but still potent 260 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder that saw duty in its predecessor as well as older GM products including the Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstice, and the Chevrolet Cobalt SS. However, the electric side of the equation has gotten much better thanks to the availability of a 40 kWh DC fast charging system, as well as upgrades for the on-board charger that is now capable of charging at 6.6 kW versus the old unit’s 3.3 kW.
The battery still retains its A123 based roots, and even retains the same battery cell technology. But Karma engineers have improved capacity, and the battery is now capable of holding 21.4 kWh of juice which allows the Revero to not only have a 50 mile driving range on electricity alone, but also allow it to make the sprint to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds with both systems engaged (an improvement of 1 second over the old car.)
The interior of the Fisker Karma was always well regarded for its design but the sluggish, gimmicky, and unreliable infotainment system that came bundled with it proved to be a formidable ball and chain that dogged the car until the end of its production run. Karma resolved to right this wrong, and completely overhauled the system thanks to assistance from Rightware and its Kanzi UI software. It promises to have better response and image sharpness. Rightware for its part is very proud of the changes that it made to the system while promising that the new unit will offer ” a highly responsive and engaging user experience user experience with integrated access to HVAC and infotainment functions making them easily accessible with just a few touches. The system runs at a solid 60 frames per second and responds to touch instantly.”
Reflecting the strong dominance of Apple in the infotainment game, the Revero will initially launch with only Apple CarPlay before adding Android Auto capability at a later date. Karma has not released any detailed images of the interior, but look for it to retain many of its old Fisker cues albeit with minor revisions to keep things fresh for buyers.
Karma revealed that it is currently taking orders for the Revero with the base price starting at $130,000. Buyers looking to order online will have to wait until the end of September, and look for the price to inflate accordingly if the car is equipped with optional goodies, bespoke paint, and interior frills.