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the electric range extender is back

After the sad fate of the Fisker Karma, the electric luxury sedan is officially released with the Karma GS-6.

Born in 2011, the Fisker Karma was one of the first competitors of the Tesla Model S. To stand up to it, it was equipped with an electric mechanism with a range extender. But the sedan was not as successful as its Californian rival and finally died out in 2013. Over seven years later, the (or at least its spiritual descendant) is reborn from its ashes and comes under the name Karma GS-6.

Similar to the Karma GSe-6 presented in September 2020, the new sedan restores confidence in the hybrid-series architecture, like the e-Power system of the new Nissan Qashqai. It therefore carries an electric motor connected to the wheels and a thermal autonomy extender.


From 130 km to 580 km of autonomy

The traction chain is entrusted to two electric motors for a total power of 544 hp and a torque of 746 Nm. They draw their energy from a 28 kWh battery which promises 130 km of autonomy in 100% electric mode. With the 1.5-liter turbo generator running (Karma speaks of Sustain mode rather than hybrid), the range can, on the other hand, climb to 580 km.

The Karma GS-6 is displayed in its native lands at a price of $ 83,900, or nearly € 69,000 at the current exchange rate. It will coexist in the range with the fully electric GSe-6, as well as an upcoming SUV which could ultimately also adopt the hybrid-series configuration.

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