2011 Frankfurt: Fisker Surf is a sporty, station-wagon, crossover type of model, coming 2013

Fisker Automotive is on its way to start making deliveries of the Karma plug-in hybrid sedan and to celebrate that long awaited moment – the company is unveiling a new model at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show today. Known as the Fisker Surf, the Ferrari FF competitor-looking model will be offered in all market around the world for the 2013 model year.

Think of the Surf as Fisker’s vision of a crossover between a sport car and a station wagon. Very early in the development of the Karma sedan, company CEO and Executive Design Director, Henrik Fisker decided a other variants would be part of the lineup. So when the time came for the evolution from Karma to Surf the path had already been defined for combining utility with bold and striking design.

“The Surf is a first-of-its-kind eco-friendly lifestyle vehicle that offers space, performance and luxury design for people who live an active, environmentally conscious lifestyle and like to drive beautiful cars,” Fisker said.

Built on the Fisker Karma platform and using the Karma’s powertrain, the Fisker Surf gets its power from a series-hybrid drive system in which the car is powered only by electric energy. The onboard gasoline engine drives as a generator. A pair of electric motors drive the rear wheels, taking energy from a 20 kWh lithium-iron-phosphate battery pack . A 175kW generator supplies energy to the motors and the batteries. It is driven, only when needed, by the efficient 260-hp turbocharged, direct-fuel-injected gasoline engine.

Like the Karma, the Fisker Surf offers two driving modes, Sport and Stealth. In Sport mode, full power is available and the Surf can produce 981 lb-ft of torque to run from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds, and hit an electronically limited top speed of 125 mph. In Stealth mode, the Surf uses only batter power and runs from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 95 mph.

Fisker says that under normal driving conditions, battery power alone can provide the Surf about 50 miles. WIth the gasoline engine/generator and 9.5 gallons of fuel, total range is extended to 300 miles. Charging the batter takes about 14 hours from a 110-volt outlet and 6 hours from a 220-volt outlet.

Let’s just hope the Fisker Surf comes out when it’s originally scheduled to and not ages later like the Karma.

– By: Omar Rana