Karma Automotive released engineering and performance details about the Revero sedan on Thursday and they’ll sound familiar to people who spent any time around the earlier Fisker Karma.
The Revero’s plug-in hybrid powertrain is nearly identical to the Karma: a GM-sourced Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine serves as a power generator for a lithium ion battery that powers a pair of electric motors.
Rather than start fresh with an entirely new car or a wholesale change to the powertrain, Karma chose to expedite the process with existing suppliers and inventories of parts to quickly get back on its feet. The brand is simultaneously building an entirely new platform and powertrain system that will underpin a wider family of Karma vehicles.
“As part of managing a startup properly, you really got to know what to bite off and what you can’t,” James Taylor, Karma’s chief marketing officer, told Automotive News this week ahead of the Revero’s debut.
The four-door Revero remains rear-wheel-drive and packs 403 horsepower and 981 pound-feet of torque. And 0-60 mph happens in a claimed 5.4 seconds for the 5,400-pound car.
DC fast charging has been added to recharge 80 percent of the battery in 24 minutes and a new on-board charger cuts recharge times to three hours with a 240V outlet, down from six on the Karma.
The car hasn’t completed EPA testing, though Karma expects it will be near the Fisker’s rating of 54 MPGe. The battery has an eight-year warranty while the entire car has one for five years.
Pure-electric range will be as much as 50 miles with the gas engine, then acting as a generator for another 250 miles of range.
Exterior styling is largely the same, penned by Fisker’s founder and namesake Henrik Fisker, he of BMW and Aston Martin styling fame. Karma tweaked elements like the front and rear facias and will offer a range of new paint and wheel options.
The solar-panel roof can add a mile and a half of range if left in the sun all day, Karma says, and takes the load off the car’s systems by charging both the 12V battery and the car’s main battery.
Inside lurk some of the biggest changes Karma made to the Revero. A new 10.2-inch infotainment screen dominates the center console. The simplified interface has been designed from the ground up in-house (same for the digital instrument cluster), and it aims to fix the Fisker Karma’s bungled and poor-performing screen and system.
The Revero will have Apple CarPlay compatibility, with Android Auto expected to join the system in the near future. Over-the-air updates will also be available for the Revero’s operating systems.
Pricing will start at $130,000.
Karma hopes to begin production at its new Moreno Valley, Calif., manufacturing plant by the end of the year.