Karma To Get You With The GS-6
Karma Automotive, the back from the dead maker of luxury hybrids, is peddling its latest offering, the Karma GS-6 hybrid. Originally founded in 2008 by Henrik Fisker, with a generous loan of $500 million of federal loans, Fisker Automotive was an early prospector in the hybrid-electric luxury motoring segment. They went on to create the Karma and managed to ship 2,000 cars but they were plagued with issues and by 2014 the company declared bankruptcy. The remnants were purchased by Chinese auto-parts supplier Wanxiang Group. Now known as Karma Automotive the re-born company has been busy of late and this is their latest effort, the Karma GS-6 hybrid. The external design is unchanged from the Fisker Karma which launched in 2011. This is good because the design hasn’t aged at all.
The Karma GS-6 utilises the BMW hybrid powertrain found in the now-defunct i8. The 1.5-litre turbocharged, 3-cylinder engine is essentially used as a generator with the 28kWH lithium-ion battery pack providing 80 miles of EV range for a total combined range of 360 miles. Total power output is 536bhp and 746 Nm of torque (550 lb ft). This allows for a 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of something miles per hour. The Karma GS-6 supports fast charging and can recharge from 0-90 percent in 34 minutes.
The Karma GS-6 is available in three trim levels Standard, Luxury, and Sport and rides on either 21 or 22-inch alloy wheels which a supplemented by a high-performance Brembo brake system. Also included is the latest in passive and active passenger safety systems so expect Blind Spot Monitoring and Auto Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control as standard.
The interior is luxuriously appointed and is complemented by a fully digital instrument binnacle and 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Entry-level prices start from $84,000. Sales of the Karma GS-6 are limited to the USA, Canada, Middle East, and China.