2012 Fisker Karma during road test, Los Angeles, Feb 2012Enlarge Photo
It's quite simply the most striking car we've ever driven, and James Bond would look far better in it than we ever could.
The creation of Henrik Fisker, a former designer for Aston Martin, the Fisker Karma range-extended electric car is a radically low four-door sedan riding on astoundingly tall 22-inch wheels.
A pair of 200-horsepower electric motors drives the rear wheels, with a lithium-ion battery pack down the spine of the car for up to 32 miles of all-electric travel.
Then the high-performance turbocharged 2.0-liter engine under the hood switches on to generate electricity, for another 200 miles or so of travel.
As tight inside as it is sexy outside, the Karma won't hold much more than Bond himself, and two or three beautiful young women.
In the tiny trunk, perhaps a couple of fine leather bags stuffed full of stolen gold bullion or the odd stray suitcase thermonuclear device.
But interior volume really doesn't matter.
Of all the green cars sold told, the Fisker Karma is the one we can most readily imagine Agent 007 climbing out of, perhaps in front of an exotic palace or the finest restaurant in Beijing.
Where on earth Q will find room to fit all the gadgets and weaponry is another story entirely.