The just-relaunched Karma Revero has become one of the first production vehicles with a hybrid drive system that incorporates solar roof panels into its design, the automaker revealed early September.

A significant price jump from the old Fisker Karma on which it’s based pushes the Karma Revero into exclusive territory: Karma is asking $130,000 USD for the hybrid sedan.

That’s considerably more expensive than the predicted price tag on the new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, which starts at $93,200 USD in the U.S. market (Canadian pricing is yet to be announced).

The Karma Revero, launched by Chinese parent company Wanxiang Group, will be rear-wheel drive only, and will feature a maximum output of 403 horsepower conjured up in unison by its 260-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and its electric motor, powered by a 21.4 kWh lithium ion battery.

The four-cylinder engine is sourced from General Motors, reports Bloomberg.

The Revero can reach a terminal velocity of 201 km/h, considerably quick for a hybrid capable of achieving approximately 4.4 L/100 km (54 mpg) in its most frugal drive mode.

Acceleration is also strong, with a zero-to-100 km/h time of 5.4 seconds–though both the Tesla Model S and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid out-accelerate the Revero.

The roof-mounted solar panel slowly trickle-charges the battery pack – weather permitting – but does little to increase overall range. For that, the internal combustion engine kicks in, extending the vehicle’s legs beyond its all-electric range of 80 kilometers to a total range of 482 kilometers.

Styling updates include tweaks to the grill, elongated bi-xenon headlights, new side vents, and hand-painted emblems front and rear.

The Revero’s infotainment system is more intuitive and advanced than that of the old Fisker Karma, and now includes Apple CarPlay among other enhancements like park assist.


(via Bloomberg with photo from Karma)