Over the weekend, Karma Automotive CEO Marques McCammon presided over the re-relaunch of the 10-year-old automaker. The best way forward might be led in spirit by this, the Karma Kaveya coupe. We are saying “in spirit” since the automotive is not due until the tip of 2025; nevertheless, it sets the tone for the vehicles coming before then, which incorporates an updated Revero range-extender EV and the Gyesera “touring sedan.”
As a primer on how we came, Henrik Fisker co-founded Fisker Automotive and launched the Fisker Karma EV in 2011. The ex-designer’s first foray into launching an EV company didn’t go well as the corporate out of business two years later. Chinese parts company Wanxing Group bought among the assets as eventual products for a brand new company called Karma Automotive, founded in 2014. Karma Automotive transformed the previous Fisker Karma into the Karma Revero in 2016. Despite the occasional updated flagship and LA Auto Show concept, the situation hasn’t modified much. In March of this yr, though, Wanxing installed McCammon as president, and he poached Michelle Christensen, who penned the most recent Acura NSX, to be the corporate’s head of design.
So here we’re with the Kaveya, its butterfly doors stuck midway down a carbon fiber body that is 187.7 inches long, 78.8 inches wide, and 49.4 inches high, on a 104-inch wheelbase. The footprint is 1.6 inches longer than the 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe we just drove, its width inside an inch, its height 4 inches lower. Buyers with creaky hips and knees must avoid this one. Underneath the composite panels is an aluminum spaceframe with an all-aluminum suspension. The Kaveya rear-driver comes first, in Q4 2025, packing 536 horsepower. The all-paw model follows a yr later, making a combined 1,180 horsepower and 1,270 pound-feet of torque. Despite the AWD trim packing a 120-kWh battery, range is quoted as “greater than 250 miles” — a suspiciously small figure for a automotive three years away.
The Gyesera “BEV touring sedan” is due at the tip of next yr. Karma’s only teased this one, however it’s an evolution of the Revero, identically sized and offered in rear-wheel drive, just like the Revero. It weighs 257 kilos more, which we expect is as a consequence of the much larger battery in comparison with the range-extended Revero. The preliminary spec sheet says the Gyesera’s got 590 hp, 693 lb-ft, a 120-kWh battery, and a variety of greater than 250 miles.
The Revero comes first, due in Q3 next yr with 536 hp and 708 lb-ft, with a 28-kWh battery providing a 65-mile range on electricity alone. This represents the identical horsepower and battery spec because the Karma GS-6, which was the Revero’s interim name after we drove it in 2021, but lots more torque and, oddly, an all-electric range that is 15 miles lower. The thing concerning the Revero is it’s principally still the design of the unique Fisker Karma, and it’s still a stupendous automotive. We hope Karma can deliver the inside this automotive has all the time needed and deserved.
Karma Automotive considers 2024 its birthday yr, so expect further updates after the calendar flips to January, and more vehicles to be announced later in 2024. McCammon said, “Undoubtedly, our plan is aggressive. After rolling out our initial recent vehicles starting in Q3 2024, we’ll debut recent products and ideas every six months.”
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