Fisker Karma gets price bump to $95,900 before federal incentives

The Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sport sedan is one of the most anticipated green vehicles of the century but deliveries of the model won’t start to customers until early next year. Originally, most of those that have already reserved a spot to buy one were hoping to pay an estimated $87,900. Apparently, that’s not the case anymore.

While those shopping in this price range aren’t going to quibble over a few thousand dollars, Fisker has announced that prices for the Karma sedan will start at $95,900 before federal incentives.

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What’s the reason for the price increase? Higher component and manufacturing costs are apparently to blame. However, the automaker has decided to offer its integrated photovoltaic (solar) roof – a $5,000 option – as standard on all cars.

Fisker spokesman Russell Datz said that “there is additional value added in design and equipment improvements.” He said that at “$88,400 after federal tax incentives, the Karma is within $500 of its originally announced MSRP.”

Let us know your thoughts after the jump.

Refresher: Power comes from Fisker’s Q-DRIVE system, which is made up of two 201-hp electric-motors that are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. That allows the 2010 Karma to travel up to 50 miles without the use of any gasoline. A generator attached to a 260-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec direct injection gasoline engine by General Motors provides an extended range of up to 300 miles. 0 to 60 mph comes in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Green Car Advisor