2011 Fisker Karma 'Final Pricing' Goes Up Again, To $95,900

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First factory-built Fisker Karma live photos

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The 2011 Fisker Karma is still on track to reach U.S. dealers in March or April, according to the company.

But there's one new piece of info: The price of the extended-range electric sports sedan has gone up. Again.

Originally announced in 2008 at a price of $80,000, the Karma fairly quickly went up to $87,900 and stayed there. Now, just before launch, 'final pricing' has risen another $8,000.

Based on an e-mail forwarded to us last night and originally sent by Fisker of Santa Monica, the final pricing for the 2011 Fisker Karma is:

  • Eco Standard: $95,900
  • Eco Sport: $103,900
  • Eco Chic: $108,900

There's also a mandatory destination charge of $950 on top of those prices.

[UPDATE: Fisker spokesman Russell Datz later wrote to clarify that the 2011 Karma now includes the solar roof panel as standard, which would have been an option priced at $5,000--which, to be fair, accounts for more than half of the $8,000 price increase. This fact was not included in the dealership materials.]

Fisker Karma

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Karmas are eligible for a $7,500 Federal income-tax credit as well as a variety of state and local incentives. In California, the car may qualify qualifies for a $5,000  purchase rebate on top of the Federal allowance.

Options for the 2011 Fisker Karma run as follows:

  • Tri-Tone Leather Interior: $2,200
  • Diamond Dust Paint: $3,000
  • "Special Paint": $3,000

The Fisker Karma order guide shows all the available colors, as well as various other choices for future owners to make.

According to the dealer's e-mail, test drives will be available in late February or early March.

Fisker exhibited its prototype Karma at each of its dealers in a lengthy U.S. national tour last summer.

The company hasn't released final specifications, but the 2011 Karma is expected to travel 50 miles using only electricity from the battery. After its lithium-ion battery pack is depleted, a range-extending 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder GM Ecotec engine switches on.

The engine turns a generator that produces electricity to operate the drive motors for a further 250 miles of range.The rear wheels are powered by a pair of 150-kilowatt electric motors. Fisker has quoted a 0-to-62-mph time of less than 6 seconds, and a maximum speed of more than 125 miles per hour.

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Comments (15)
  1. Thanks for the update.
    I wonder how we know the Fisker Karma will get the California rebate when the Volt did not.

  2. So, can you by an electric-only version at a $15K discount?

  3. Ouch; I think that they may have priced themselves out of the market when looking at the Tesla Model S or Jaguar/Aston Martin like competition.
    Why is it $40,000 more than the pure electric Model S? Is Tesla fooling themselves that they can produce the S for $57,000 or is Karma spending the extra on the engine, exhaust, turbo, gearbox, generator, catalytic convertor, emissions control, oil, emissions testing etc. to get the occasional extra gas powered miles?

  4. @John: Good point. CARB has not confirmed eligibility for the rebate, which would require AT-PZEV rating, so I've changed the story. Thanks for the catch.

  5. The price rise from $80.000 to $87.900 was mainly caused by making the solarpanel-roof a standard feature (before that, it was a $5.000 option).
    If you see how much car you are getting with the Karma, with a lot of new technology and a lot of standard features (compared to other cars, that have option lists as long as the Chinese Wall), the Karma still is not a very expensive car. At least, for those who can afford it.

  6. I really feel like Fisker simply felt that they were leaving money on the table. If people will pay $109,000 for the Tesla, why not $95,600 for the Fisker. I think they will get enough takers.

  7. GM has the Volt, this should be named the Volt-age.
    I'm happy I've ordered a Model S...

  8. @John Briggs. That's funny, the Tesla Model S(5.6 sec) will have a faster 0-60 time than the Fisker Karma (5.8 sec). If your theory is true than the Karma should be on more than $57K. If they are trying to compete with the Tesla Roadster(3.7 sec) lets see the Karma start beat'n some Ferraris.

  9. John , how many cars will be manufactured for sale in the US? is there a long line?

  10. @Hesky: Fisker has said it plans to build about 15,000 Karma sedans a year once full production is achieved. That's for global sales, so I would expect U.S. availability to be a substantial fraction of that number. Fisker just signed a distributor in China, and they intend to sell the car in every market where a sexy $100K luxury sports sedan might find buyers.

  11. The only thing the Karma seems to offer is high end design. Performance is actually poor given the price range. The Tesla Model S is my favorite, the design of the Model S reminds me of the Maserati Quattroporte it's sporty, elegant, but not overstated it doesn't scream "stair at me", like the Karma. I think the Model S may be a greater success if the performance is as Tesla claims and the price doesn't vary to much. Not that the Fisker won't be a success, but the Tesla will sell far more units.

  12. The comment section folks keep comparing this to a Tesla S. This is kinda like the Leaf - Volt comparison. A big difference between the Fisker and Tesla S is range. Tesla's range is limited (even if no where near as much as other all electrics) the Fisker is like the Volt (basically unlimited with the gas engine extender)

  13. Clarification:
    The Tesla S will compete with the Fisker "Nina" not the Karma. The Karma is the Flagship vehicle for Fisker - Much like Roadster for Tesla.
    Note: Fisker actually designed the Tesla S for Musk several years ago prior to launching Fisker Automotive. I can tell you this much...Fisker has a few new vehicles that will be showcased to the public over time. SUV, the Nina etc...
    Personally - I see the global demand lean toward to the PHEV vs. EV. Not to take away Tesla, as I believe both Fisker and Tesla will have their fair share of the market going forward.

  14. @Cody: The Karma may be Fisker's flagship vehicle. But it and the Model S are both midsize luxury sports sedans that plug in for some/all of their motive power, and I guarantee you that the car-buying public will see them as direct competitors. Also, they are both planned to be built in the tens of thousands, unlike the Roadster (~1,500 so far) and the Nina (hundreds of thousands, says Henrik). So I disagree with that element of your analysis.

  15. The starting Tesla price tag we see is likely for the 160mi range battery pack...I'm sure their top-end model will be priced considerably higher.

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