Karma Automotive, previously known as Fisker for reasons that take a lot of explaining, has been ad blasting everywhere. So, we thought we would give you some insight into their new model, the Revero.
What is it? You knew it as the Fisker Karma. It is now the “reworked” Karma Revero. This $131,000 luxury sedan, comparable to the Mercedes S-Class, utilizes power from a regular 2.0 liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 235 horsepower. That is where the regularity ends, and the “hippie-ness” begins.
On top of the four banger, it is equipped with two electric motors that produce a combined 403 hp and 981 lb-ft of torque. Those hippie horses are put to the ground via a 1-speed reduction transmission, just like a Tesla. Range is only 50 miles under battery power, but it will get 51 mpg when combining electric and gas power. Additionally, the roof mounted solar panels will charge the main battery. So, leave your car on the top parking deck at the airport, come back to a battery charge.
Karma isn’t about figures, rather the feel of the car, so some searching has to be done in order to find a claimed 0-60 time. Honestly, for all the horsepower, it is a bit lackluster. Auto Mentality hasn’t done official timing yet, but Karma’s brochure claims 60 mph can be achieved in 5.4 seconds in “Sporty” mode. “Sustain” and “Stealth” mode times drop off dramatically. Top speed is a limited 125 mph.
The brakes are massive 14.6-inch discs with six-piston Brembo calipers and 14.4-inch discs with four piston calipers bringing up the rear. You can program the brakes with three modes to differ the progressive braking force and slow the 5,400-pounds of Revero.
Tech is something the SoCal brand does well. The Revero is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 4G capability, and adaptive cruise control, as well as beautiful digital displays on the dash…
…and behind the steering wheel.
We look forward to getting more time behind the wheel very soon, and providing you with a thorough road test of the Karma Revero.