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  •  General inferiority (0+ / 0-)

    With a full charge and a full tank of gas the thing has a 230 mile EPA rated range, less than what the EPA rated the Model S. It also has a 52 MPGe, drastically lower than the Volt, Prius Plug In, and the CMAX Energi. Performance wise, a base model V6 Mustang or 3 series would eat its lunch without breaking a sweat, so it doesn't even have sportiness going for it.

    Basically, the Karma sucks ass, both on the green front, and the performance front. It's also cramped in the back seats, and has crap for trunk space, so it doesn't even make a good sedan. It's a failure on every front, except for styling. Like I said, a gilded turd.

    First they came for the farm workers, and I said nothing.

    by Hannibal on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 09:05:27 PM PDT

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    •  are you sure of the performance (0+ / 0-)
      The net result is a very respectable 403 horsepower coupled with a jaw dropping 951 lb-ft of torque - available at zero rpms! This translates to a zero-to-60 time of 7.9 seconds and a 95 mile per hour top speed - in electric-only "Stealth Mode."

      Not impressed? Don't worry, Sport Mode can be activated and the Ecotec kicks in to boost performance, recording a zero-to-60 sprint in 5.9 seconds and bumping the top speed to 125 mph. This unprecedented level of driver control enables conversation of either electricity or gasoline, depending on driver needs and preferences.

      The Ford mustang does 0-60 in 5.88 seconds, so i'd call 2 hundredtshs of a second not much of a lead maybe 6 inches.

      •  What you quoted reads like a press release (0+ / 0-)

        Real world reviews are nowhere near as kind. As for the Mustang, when a $30k car beats one that costs over $100k, it's a brutal spanking, it doesn't matter if it's by 10 seconds or 1 hundredth of a second. Hell, a Hyundai Genesis will outperform a Karma, a fucking Hyundai. There really is no defending the Karma, it sucks. Aside from being pretty, there's absolutely nothing good about it.

        That's a big part of the reason the Model S succeeded and the Karma failed. Tesla built a great looking car that has performance and usability to match. Fisker didn't.

        First they came for the farm workers, and I said nothing.

        by Hannibal on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 10:10:18 PM PDT

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