The 2021 Karma lineup consists of a single, dramatic-looking, lavishly appointed sedan with three available powertrains. The GS-6 is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The forthcoming Revero GT is also a plug-in hybrid that the company claims will offer far more performance than the GS-6. The third member of the Karma family is the all-electric GSe-6, which will have a claimed driving range of more than 300 miles. All three Karma models feature a four-seat configuration within a lengthy wheelbase that aligns with full-size luxury barges like the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-class. But the Karma trios’ overall dimensions are similar to premium mid-size sports sedans such as the BMW 8-series Gran Coupe and Porsche Panamera. Karma lavishes them with high-end cabin materials and bespoke options as well as an assortment of popular and high-tech features. The GS-6’s hybrid system generates a combined 536 horsepower and has an EPA-rated electric-only range of up to 61 miles. The all-wheel-drive Revero GT is expected to have more than 1100 horses, but we’re still waiting for the company to release full details.
What’s New for 2021?
Following the bankruptcy and sale of Fisker Automotive to Chinese auto-parts maker Wanxiang in 2014, the fantastical styling and other componentry of the original plug-in-hybrid Fisker Karma sedan were repurposed by the new owners. The reborn carmaker is known as Karma Automotive, is based in California, and is looking to make its one-car portfolio appeal to a wider audience. To that end, it has introduced the 2021 GS-6 as a more affordable version of the Revero. The rebadging means the entry-level GS-6 has a starting price that undercuts the upcoming version of the more powerful Revero GT by nearly $61,000. Karma will also offer a pure-electric model, the GSe-6, in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Every GS-6 features a plug-in-hybrid powertrain that utilizes a BMW-sourced turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that essentially acts as a generator for the sedan’s dual rear-mounted electric motors. They produce a combined output of 536 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Karma says this setup allows the sedan to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The example we drove provided fun take-offs with the selectable launch mode, but the battery needs to be at least 90 percent charged for such shenanigans. The pricier GS-6 Sport benefits from an additional 74 pound-feet of torque and different tuning that reduces its claimed zero-to-60-mph time to 3.9 seconds. A set of 21-inch wheels are standard and 22-inches is optional. We don’t have much technical information on the upcoming GSe-6 or the Revero GT, but Karma says the latter will have all-wheel drive and more than 1100 horsepower.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The all-electric, rear-drive GSe-6 will have a battery pack with a usable capacity of 103 kWh that’s expected to provide a driving range of more than 300 miles. While we don’t yet know its charging times, we know it’ll be compatible with fast charging. The battery in the plug-in-hybrid variants provides between 54 and 61 miles of pure-electric driving depending upon wheel size. Karma says their battery can be replenished from 5 to 95 percent in four hours with a 240-volt outlet and in 34 minutes with a 480-volt DC fast charger.