Thursday, 15 September 2011 3:53 PM
The newest Fisker Karma is the curiously named Fisker Surf - and it’s a curious car indeed. The Surf is a petrol-electric hybrid, four-door luxury sportscar with styling that is certain to divide opinion amongst car design nuts.
Following on from the success of the extended range Karma Electric Vehicle, Fisker has decided to make enough room for extra passengers, luggage (and possibly a surfboard). The result is a crossover between a sportscar and a station wagon with the shooting brake styling - that quirkily sexy combination of a coupe and a station wagon last seen on the Ferrari FF, but looking just as sharp, if not sharper on the Fisker. Indeed, the design inspiration appears to come from the 1970s classic, the Lamborghini Espada.
The Surf is expected to go on sale for the 2013 model year with high hopes of creating a new niche - the eco-friendly, head-turning luxury sportscar-cum-estate cars niche, perhaps? Ambitiously, Fisker hopes to sell 3,500 Surf cars a year. Pricing has not yet been confirmed for the Surf but it is expected to be a little more than the US$95,900-US$108,900 mark for the Karma.
Fisker claims the aluminium-bodied Surf will do 0-62mph in just over six seconds and there is an all-electric mode for city driving.
The American marque has signed an agreement with BMW - the German automaker will supply a four-cylinder turbocharged engine to the next generation of Fisker cars. Code-named Project Nina, the plan is to roll our cars from the end of 2012 from the re-commissioned ex-General Motors plant in Wilmington, Delaware for global sale from 2013. The first Project Nina car will be a mid-sized luxury electric sedan.
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By Georgia Lewis
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