The 2012 Fisker karma hybrid supercar has made its way in into the spot light as Leonardo Dicaprio became the first celebrity to purchase one.
From the outside, the Karma doesn't look all that different from a high speed Jaguar, but despite its ability to speed the plug-in vehicle is not as harmful to the environment as it can go up to 67mpg by battery and up to 300 when the gas engine kicks in.
The performance of the Karma is barely comparable to Dicaprio's previous Toyota Prius. It goes from zero to 60 in just 5.9 seconds, which is half the time of the Prius.
Since Dicaprio's purchase, the car has been sold out until early 2012. Our sales are split 50:50 between early-adopting car enthusiasts and total non-car enthusiasts who just like that we are bringing something totally new to market. They recognize the infrastructure isn't there for electric cars, and see we offer a stylish, stress-free alternative with no range compromises, Fisker said
As of November production of the car will rise to 300 units a week, with rumors that a convertible version will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor show in September. A lower-cost $50k USD hybrid vehicle from Fisker is also in the works, to be made in the same three body style variations and called Project Nina, Slash Gear reported.
Dicaprio is renowned as a Hollywood eco-activist. In 2000 he challenged George Bush to pay attention to the environment, and last year he premiered a full-length documentary, 11th Hour, about the state of the planet at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Inception actor told The Mail's live magazine that protecting the environment was not about telling a group of people how to live.
I don't think it's fair to tell people to install solar panels, buy (low-watt) light bulbs or drive a hybrid - that's not a reality for most people; it is about something much, much bigger. It's about getting the governments of the world to implement environmental policy, he said