Karma Bounces Back as the $130,000 Revero Plug-in Hybrid Sports Sedan

Brought back to life after bankruptcy, the Fisker Karma is now the Karma Revero.

The Chinese multinational Wanxiang Group bought the assets of Fisker Automotive in 2014, and yesterday revealed the 2017 Karma Revero plug-in electric hybrid in Huntington Beach, Calif.

The $130,000 Revero starting price is nearly $30,000 more than the original starting price of the Fisker Karma. However, the car comes fully loaded with the only options being wheel choices, exterior colors and interior trim.

The Revero’s styling is largely the same as the original, penned by noted car designer Herik Fisker. The low-slung exterior receives some slight alterations, most notably the diamond-shaped vents below the grille.

On the technical side, the plug-in hybrid powertrain is just like the Fisker.

A General Motors Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine serves as a range extender powerplant. It generates power for the lithium-ion battery pack that provides electricity for a pair of electric motors.

System output for the rear drive sedan is 403 horsepower and 981 pounds-feet of torque. That’s enough to scoot the car from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, quite good for a car weighing a substantial 5,400 pounds.

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Battery capacity is increased from 20.4-kilowatt-hours to 21.4 kWh, which should give a 50-mile all electric driving range before the range extender engine provides an additional 250 miles.

A little extra 1.5 miles of electric driving is added by a more powerful solar panel fitted to the car.

EPA fuel economy numbers are not yet available, but Karma expects the same 54 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) rating of the Fisker.

New is DC fast charging which can recharge the battery to 80 percent in 24 minutes and an on-board charger that reduces recharge time to three hours with a 240-volt outlet.

The cabin reflects the Revero’s luxury status and a new 10.2-inch infotainment screen dominates the center console. It erases the Fisker Karma’s poor performing interface and will have Apple CarPlay compatibility followed by Android Auto.

Over-the-air updates will deliver upgrades to the infotainment system as well as the overall vehicle firmware.

Karma is currently taking preorders for the Revero and plans production at its Moreno Valley, Calif. plant by the end of the year.

 

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