Leo DiCaprio Scores $100k Fisker Karma Hybrid
Fisker Karma: Leonardo DiCaprio Will Save Money on Fuel
Dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio got his hands on the 2012 Fisker Karma, which is probably the world's most hotly-anticipated hybrid car.
Costing around $100,000, the Fisker Karma was available for preorder in 2008, and was supposed to ship in 2009. Due to heavy delays, it's now the 2012 Karma instead of the 2009 or 2010 Karma. Fisker Automotive is based in California, but the Karma is built at the same Finnish factory that manufactures the Porsche Cayman.
Leo DiCaprio isn't the first person to get his hands on the Fisker Karma. Apparently Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ray Lane was first in line.
Performance is claimed to be competitive with the best in the luxury sports sedan market. Two electric drive motors combine to generate 400 horsepower, giving a 0-to-60-mph time of less than 6 seconds and a top speed of 125 miles per hour. Those figures are only reachable using Sport Drive, one of two modes the driver can select. The other, Stealth Drive, cuts performance to extend electric range—and it’s the one that will let the battery deliver 50 miles.
The Karma has a claimed range of 300 miles, and a claimed fuel efficiency of 67mpg city/highway. In Stealth Mode, the gasoline engine would not be engaged at all until 50 miles into the journey. If the Karma were your commute car, you'd refuel maybe once a year.
Sure, it costs $100,000, but think of the fuel-cost savings!