The world of plug-in hybrids is about to get a whole lot sexier when the Fisker Karma debuts at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.
Set to bow at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, the Fisker Karma has kept everything we liked about the concept intact, with only a few changes for production. The lower grill opening has been slightly enlarged and small fender vents have been added just aft of the front wheels for cooling. Reflectors for road legality have also been added. The huge 22-inch wheels have survived the transition untouched.
Out back, not much has changed. A black plastic section at the bottom of the bumper lifts the Karma's rump. Oddly, it looks like the trapezoidal tailpipes have been capped. We also see that the solar panel roof will make it to the showroom floor.
You wouldn't expect a vehicle as advanced and exotic as the Karma to use something as mundane as a key for starting. Although, we're not so sure about the center-dash placement of the Start button. It seems like a bit of a reach.
The Karma's drive train has two modes: a Stealth mode, which places emphasis on the electric drive train for quiet, efficient driving; and a Sport mode, accessible by flipping this paddle-switch, which utilizes both engines to the fullest for maximum power.