Karma Automotive– formerly Fisker Automotive– has been working hard to reinvent itself after its initial bankruptcy. The new owners, however, seem to be moving things in the right direction. Its reborn Revero sedan is selling steadily, if slowly, and its GT coupe concept by Pininfarina is doing its job of generating press and moving the brand upscale, too. The next step for Karma, then, is to get its product in front of the stylish, well-heeled people it would like for its buyers. To do that, they’ll be taking the GT to Monterey Car Week next weekend in California.
That’s right, gang– this multi-million dollar one-off PHEV coupe is coming to America!
Long associated with the best-looking Ferrari models, Pininfarina has dabbled in low-volume manufacturing projects with other manufacturers in the past, most notably with GM and Cadillac through the beautiful (albeit, ill-fated) Allante speedster in the 1990s. The new Karma GT has all-new bodywork, but it’s built on the existing Revero chassis, which will help to cut costs and speed up development time while, at the same time, helping to ensure that the slinky, low-slung GT has a real production future. Assuming there’s enough demand, that is. All roads lead to California.
That component sharing with the Revero GT extends beyond the chassis, too. The GT Concept also shares the turbocharged 3-cylinder engine from BMW/Kymco, along with a 28-kilowatt-hour battery pack, that is is good enough to give the sedan an electric range of 100 km (about 62 miles) before the combustion engine has to fire up. Together, the engine and battery should deliver more than 500 HP and push the coupe from 0-60 MPH in about 4 seconds.
What do you guys think? Will Karma find enough demand for its plug-in hybrid coupe at Monterey Car Week to justify the production costs to China, or will it get lost in the sea of million-dollar Ferraris and Bugattis that typically show up to the event? Take a look at the photo galleries, below, then let us know what you think of its odds in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Karma GT Concept by Pininfarina | Gallery