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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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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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$957 / month
$1700 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line 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. 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
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg 21 mpg
Number of Passenger Doors 4 4
EPA Classification NA Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in) 42.7 42.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.0 88.8
Front Hip Room (in) 55.0 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 31.4
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 38.3
Passenger Capacity 5 4
Second Hip Room (in) 54.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.7 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 35.3 35.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 56.5 52.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 66.9 67.0
Wheelbase (in) 116.5 124.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 77.3 78.1
Track Width, Front (in) 65.4 66.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.0 5.6
Length, Overall (in) 196.0 196.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) - TBD - 6.9
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) 14.0 x 1.3 14.6 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA 9.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.0 40.4
Steering Type Electric Rack-&-Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A 41.1
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 14.5-16.1
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 245/45R19 P285/35R22
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 245/45R19 P255/35R22
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4647 5300
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 22 x 9.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 22 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) NA - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) NA - TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 362 @ 6000 403 combined
Engine Type Electric Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System NA Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 325 981 @ 0
Engine Order Code NA - TBD -
Displacement NA 2.0L/- TBD -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined - TBD - -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) NA 20
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy - TBD - -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) NA 20
Battery Range (mi) 160 (Est) 50
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) NA 21
EPA MPG Equivalent - City - TBD - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Order Code NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. NA Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 9.73 NA
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Type 1 1
Vehicle Name Tesla Model S Fisker Karma
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Load leveling
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link SLA
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year NA - TBD -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - -
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