Fisker Automotive founder Henrik Fisker recently revealed that a November launch date has been set for the Fisker Karma in China, reported China Daily.
Industry veteran Joe Chao has been appointed executive vice president and CEO of the California-based company’s China and Asia operations, which will most likely be headquarted in Shanghai.
“We’re very excited about having the first environmental-friendly car with extended range in China, and sort of the first super car, if you want, that’s going to enter China with this type of drive train,” said Fisker.
Introduced in 2008 at the Detroit motor show, the rear wheel-drive Fisker Karma is an extended-range electric sedan that marries a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine to a pair of electric motors to give combined output numbers of 403 hp and over 1,300 Nm of torque. It will hit 100 km/h from a standstill in about six seconds and hit the limiter at 200 km/h. Range is 80 km on battery power alone, but with both petrol and electric motors active, the figure jumps to an impressive 483 km.
Production began last year, with upwards of 2,000 units built this year so far. As of December 2011, Stateside prices ranged from US$102k to 116k (RM315k to 358k).
Looking at the sort of cars they already drive and own in Shanghai though, that shouldn’t be much of a stretch for the Middle Kingdom’s well-heeled.