Fisker Surf

The Fisker Surf debuts at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Fisker Automotive hasn’t gotten the production version of their Karma sedan to consumers yet but as the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show opens, we have our first look at the newest model from the innovative automaker – the Fisker Surf.

Fisker previously offered a shadowy teaser picture of the new Surf concept clearly showing the lines of the production-bound Karma sedan, except with a new rear end that adds the shooting brake form. You can cover the back end of the Surf and it looks identical to the Karma sedan which can only be looked at as being a good thing, as the Fisker Karma combines luxury styling with a sporty feel that makes the car both aerodynamic and very sharp looking. The Fisker Surf was named this because a surf board will fit inside of this luxury hybrid; stressing the added cargo space in this larger vehicle. Also, unlike the Sunset convertible concept that has made its rounds of the auto show circuit, the Surf will join the Karma in production.

The heart of the Fisker Surf is the hybrid drivetrain, which uses a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder and an electric drive motor provide a total of 403 horsepower and 981lb-ft of torque. When this drivetrain is applied to the Karma sedan, it offers up to 50 miles of all-electric driving in Stealth mode but in Sport mode, the Karma will run from 0-60mph in just 6.3 seconds. The larger Surf is 77 pounds heavier so while the Surf’s performance and range may differ from that of the Karma, it shouldn’t be much of a difference. However, thanks to the enlarged roofline, the Surf has a larger and more capable solar roof than the Karma sedan, which improves the Surf’s abilities to gather energy from the sun – that means more “free” charging!

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