Faced with a large selection of luxury hybrid vehicles, buyers might be looking for something unique. Sports sedans from Karma Automotive may fit the bill. These vehicles provide some impressive performance and speed. The 2020 Karma Revero GT offers thrilling acceleration, while the 2021 Karma GS-6 offers a more affordable alternative.
Karma rose from Fisker’s ashes
In 2015, with only one production model, the Fisker Karma, the automotive company changed its name from Fisker Automotive to Karma Automotive, MotorTrend reported. The new name reflected an ownership change to the Chinese auto-parts manufacturer Wanxiang Group, new management, and a new production location.
Struggling at the time, the EV company was looking to separate itself from its founder and former executive chairman, Henrik Fisker, who had departed in 2013. Following recalls and stop-sale orders, concerns mounted that the company would file for bankruptcy in 2020. However, it raised $100 million from investors, TechCrunch reported.
How fast is the 2020 Karma Revero GT sports sedan?
The Karma Revero GT is the updated version of the Fisker Karma. This plug-in hybrid can zip from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds — or 3.9 seconds with launch control. It has an electronically limited top speed of 125 mph.
But it can’t quite keep up with some competitors. The BMW i8 zooms from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Its top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. And the Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid can blast to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top track speed of 185 mph.
The Revero’s speed comes from two electric motors that power the rear wheels. Both are connected to a 28.0-kW-hr battery. The engine, new for 2020, is a 1.5-liter turbo-three sourced from BMW. The engine and motors together produce 536 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque.
The EPA says the Revero has an electric range of 61 miles, but Karma says it can go for up to 80 miles. It’s still lower than that available from some rivals. It has a solar roof, which can extend the range on a sunny day.
This sedan is rated for a fuel economy of 70 MPGe combined, similar to the BMW i8 and better than the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid, although less than the Tesla Model S Performance with 21-inch wheels. The Revero has a fuel economy of 26 mpg combined with its gas generator, which provides an extra 280 miles of range.
In addition, it boasts excellent design and a quiet interior. It has seating for four with a center console in the front and the back. The rear seats are smaller than those of some competitors, but there’s plenty of space in the front seats, TrueCar reports. The Revero provides 6.4 cubic feet of cargo space.
The interior features a virtual gauge cluster plus a haptic-touch infotainment screen. The Revero GT comes standard with a “360-degree camera system, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning,” MotorTrend reports.
Available as the GT Sedan, GTS Luxury Sedan, or GTS Sport Sedan, the Revero starts at $146,600. Fully loaded, it comes retails for $162,900, including a $12,000 set of wheels.
What about the cheaper 2021 Karma GS-6?
In 2021, Karma Automotive announced the GS-6, the first in the GS-6 series. This luxury vehicle is similar in design to the Karma Revero GT but with a more affordable price. It starts at $83,900. Like the Revero, the GS-6 produces 536 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. As an “extended-range electric vehicle,” The GS-6 includes an onboard generator to produce additional electricity to power the motors for the wheels. Its interior finishes include carbon fiber and reclaimed wood salvaged from California wildfires.
In addition, the all-electric GSe-6 will soon be available for $79,900. This vehicle will be the first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) from Karma.
Though not among the fastest hybrid cars available, the 2020 Karma Revero GT offers plenty of acceleration and speed. Buyers interested in a Karma vehicle but looking to spend less will appreciate the 2021 GS-6.