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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan EcoStandard 20 21 N/A $102,000
4-Door Sedan EcoSport 20 21 N/A $110,000
4-Door Sedan EcoChic 20 21 N/A $115,000
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan N/A N/A N/A $57,400
4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $92,400
4-Door Sedan Signature N/A N/A N/A $95,400
4-Door Sedan Signature Performance N/A N/A N/A $105,400
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Fisker Karma is a curious and unique beast, a stylish, luxurious, and pricey sedan with 32 miles of electric range, low gasoline efficiency, and a tiny interior and trunk The 2012 Tesla Model S sedan turns out to be a much better car than most expected; it just might meld sport-sedan driving, interior space, and comfort with zero-emission running in one revolutionary package.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg N/A mpg
Number of Passenger Doors 4 4
EPA Classification Subcompact NA
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) - TBD - 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 88.8 94.0
Second Head Room (in) 35.7 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) - TBD - 55.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.6 42.7
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 55.0
Second Leg Room (in) 31.4 35.4
Front Head Room (in) 38.3 38.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 66.6 65.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 6.0
Length, Overall (in) 196.8 196.0
Height, Overall (in) 52.4 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 67.0 66.9
Wheelbase (in) 124.4 116.5
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.1 77.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 6.9 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.4 x 1.1 14.4 x 1.1
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.6 x 1.3 14.0 x 1.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 9.0 NA
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 41.1 N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.5-16.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.4 37.0
Steering Type Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack-&-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P255/35R22 245/45R19
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P285/35R22 245/45R19
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 5300 4647
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 22 x 8.5 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 22 x 9.5 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 981 @ 0 325
Engine Order Code - TBD - NA
Displacement 2.0L/- TBD - NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 403 combined 362 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas/Electric I4 Electric
Fuel System Direct Injection NA
Battery Range (mi) 50 160 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 21 NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 NA
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined - - TBD -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy - - TBD -
EPA MPG Equivalent - City - - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) NA 9.73
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Type 1 1
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) NA - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Vehicle Name Fisker Karma Tesla Model S
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Rear SLA Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Load leveling w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - N/A
Suspension Type - Front SLA Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - TBD - NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - - TBD -
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