Hell yeah! The Karma Revero is back from the dead. If you’re looking for a sexy tomboy ride for 2017 that goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, the wait is over. Flash some serious cash to get this baby purring back to your garage. It’s worth it, trust us.
Tomboys and machines. It’s a natural, organic relationship guys. It’s like pecan to pie or peanut butter to jelly.
Our love for adventures in unexplored territories isn’t just something we limit to foot – no frigging way – we use any means available and that includes flights, train journeys, cruises and of course road trips. With cars, what can we say – we love ’em and we breathe ’em, so imagine our surprise when this all-new 2017 sports car beauty, the Karma Revero was announced. We choked, sputtered and yes, flipped out in excitement.
Heck, does it feel like 2011 all over again? Fudgemonkeys, guys! Absolutely NOT because we’re not even treading Fisker Karma territory here, even though that was quite the masterpiece of a build. Nope, those days are done and dusted like line dancing on an Amish farm.
No tomboys, we have our eyes firmly placed on the most prized apple here and that is, the 2017 Karma Revero; the extended-range electric sedan that was unveiled recently at an event near Los Angeles, California.
The Revero, which is priced from USD$130,000, is a new and improved version of the Fisker Karma and is being sold by a company born out of the remains of Fisker. The new company is called Karma and is backed by Chinese automotive supplier Wanxiang. (Editor: Those Chinese have their hands everywhere, thankfully not on us yet! Phew!)
For that kinda price, you’re probably wondering, ‘Dude, what do I get with that, huh?’ Well, you get a fully loaded car with all the sports car perks, where the only options are wheel patterns, paint finishes and interior trim.
But get behind the trunk of this sexy and voluptuous beast and you will find that there are many reasons to justify why the Karma Revero starting price tag is USD$30K more than its predecessor.
For starters, Karma is building the Revero in a new factory in Moreno Valley, California, whereas Fisker outsourced production to Finland’s Valmet. From what we can tell from our initial experience with the car, build quality is up.
But it’s what you can’t see that’s most impressive. The range-extender remains a 2.0-liter inline-4 sourced from General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] but now benefits from improved cooling. It has a peak power rating of 235 horsepower and is used solely to charge the battery. Two electric motors that actually drive the vehicle provide 403 hp, sending this to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission and limited-slip differential.
The battery is still a lithium-ion unit from A123 Systems, also backed by Wanxiang, but the internal structure has been redesigned and the capacity increased to 21.4 kilowatt-hours, up from 20.4 kwh. According to Karma, the Revero should be able to cover 50 miles before the range-extender needs to kick in.
A more powerful solar panel roof is fitted to the car. Whereas on the Fisker Karma the system only powered ancillary features, on the Revero it can charge the battery. It adds around 1.5 miles per day, depending on weather conditions, thus keeping Karma’s promise that it “powers the vehicle.”
Much of the electrical hardware has also been improved. According to Green Car Reports, one of the biggest challenges was developing an entirely new wiring harness, as the old one was modified and fixed so many times that it resembled a boa constrictor. This included the addition of 40-kw DC fast-charging capability, and the onboard charger has also been upgraded from 3.3 to 6.6 kw. According to Karma, fast-charging now provides 80 percent charge in 24 minutes.
So this isn’t your regular Tesla because it’s a hybrid sports sedan that leverages off fuel, electricity and solar power. With those kinds of rechargeable energy options, this car will literally not have an excuse to break down on you because of an empty gas tank. Those days are over with the Karma Revero.
There have also been structural changes to ensure the car meets the latest safety standards. Unfortunately the curb weight is still a substantial 5,400 pounds, though it’s still brisk. The 0-60 mph time is a claimed 5.4 seconds in Sport mode. Top speed is a governed 125 mph. EPA-rated fuel economy will be announced closer to the start of delivery late this year or early next.
Finally, the much maligned infotainment system of the Fisker Karma has been completely overhauled in the Revero. It’s said to be quick and now capable of over-the-air updates as well as Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. There is also a digital instrument cluster that uses the same Rightware Kanzi user interface software as Audi. The centerpiece of the fully configurable system is a digital speedometer with integrated infotainment and map content.
Karma plans more models beyond the Revero though remains quiet on what exactly is in the pipeline. However, we know Karma’s parent company Wanxiang has applied for production approval for a new plant in China that could build the Revero and the smaller Atlantic sedan unveiled by Fisker in 2012.
Lastly, it’s design – You are paying for a car that’s going to elicit some emotional responses, stationary or on the move. This is a car with brains and brawn that achieves maximum drivability for anyone who is behind its wheel.
Short of being able to blaze the road in flames, the Karma Revero is a downright amazing ride for its range and we can see ourselves plying quite a few highways in this one, hugging curves and of course, behaving really, really terribly in this badass beauty.
h/t FOX NEWS
All pictures by Karma Automative.