With almost a year of real-world sales under its belt, the Fisker Karma seems to be taking off. The gorgeous luxury sedan seemed like a bit of a gamble at first, being the first range-extended electric luxury car and unabashedly wearing its “green” badge on it shoulder as well as promising entertaining handling and performance.
Getting a brand-new car company off of the ground is never easy, of course, so Fisker gathered 28 real live owners together–over a quarter of the total Karmas sold to date–to show that it can be done, and to get feedback from the folks who stepped up and laid down hard cash for the Karma.
Owner impressions of the $103,000-$116,000 sport sedan are favorable, showing that the Karma has found a target audience, if an exclusive one. Styling and fuel economy are the biggest talking points of Karma owners, with phrases like “absolute beauty” and “best-looking car on the road” being tossed around without a hint of marketing cynicsm. Owners have used the Karma as daily drivers and long-distance travel vehicles, and spoke of being initially drawn to the car by the promise of a luxurious electric vehicle, and sold by the styling.
Of course, early adopters are going to be happy with their new toys, but for many Fisker Karma owners, a year and several thousand miles of driving haven’t taken the bloom off of the rose yet. The extended-range electric enters 2013 with no functional changes and several awards under its belt.