While Tesla has certainly diversified its portfolio, the Tesla Model S is still one of the fastest EVs on the market right now. With that being said, Tesla has some new competition on the block, this time from the automaker Karma. Here’s a look at the Karma GSe-6, which Karma claims will be competitive with the Tesla Model S.
Just how fast is the Tesla Model S?
Obviously, the exact specs of the Model S will depend on the exact trim of the Model S. Currently, the standard Model S is the Long Range trim. It starts at about $85,000, and it’ll have over 400 miles of range. Furthermore, it delivers quite a hefty performance, as it can go from 0 to 60 MPH in about 3.1 seconds.
That said, customers can also get an even more expensive and powerful option with the Plaid trim. The Model S Plaid costs over $130,000, but it’ll have ludicrously fast acceleration. It can go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 2 seconds, and there are very few cars that can match that speed. Furthermore, the Model S Plaid doesn’t lose much range as it can still get about 390 miles on a single charge. So, Karma has its work cut out for it.
The Karma GSe-6 will be ‘fast enough’
Karma, which is a relatively new automaker, recently announced the GSe-6. The GSe-6 is the battery-electric version of the Karma Revero, according to Green Car Reports. Karma is already making the Revero, and like Tesla’s earliest vehicles, the Revero is a luxury car. However, unlike early Tesla models, the Revero is a hybrid. The GSe-6, meanwhile, is all-electric, and that means that it’ll compete directly with Tesla.
As reported by Green Car Reports, the GSe-6 will start at just under $80,000. Furthermore, since Tesla customers can no longer get the $7,500 EV tax credit, Karma customers still can, which means that Karma will have an even bigger advantage. When all’s said and done, the GSe-6 will cost about $74,000, which makes it about $11,000 cheaper than the Model S.
That said, the GSe-6 won’t have the same range as the Model S does, as its 110-kWh battery will reportedly deliver about 310 miles on a single charge. This means that the GSe-6 should get almost 100 miles less range than the Model S gets. However, Karma hopes to impress when it comes to speed. According to Green Car Reports, Karma said that the GSe-6’s 0 to 60 MPH time is “fast enough.”
What’s known about the Karma GSe-6 so far
According to The Drive, Karma could be playfully joking when it said that the GSe-6 would be “fast enough.” As such, it’s not clear how fast the GSe-6 will truly be and whether its specs will be enough to challenge the Tesla Model S. That being said, the GSe-6’s true performance specs aren’t the only mysteries right now. The car’s still in development, and not much is known about it.
What we do currently know about the GSe-6 is that it will have a full aluminum body. It’ll also take a few notes from Tesla, as the GSe-6 will come with quite a few high-tech features. This includes things like surround-view cameras and a Level 2 semi-autonomous self-driving system, according to The Drive. Additionally, since the GSe-6 is based on the Revero, it’s also very likely to have a well-designed interior. However, until the GSe-6 gets closer to production, not much else is known about the car right now.