The Fisker Karma, even when not considering itsits technologically-advanced plug-in powertrain, is one cool. Now, since it will be sold in Europe, it’s not complete without a hatchback version, right? Right! Enter the Fisker Surf, a Shooting Break or hatchback version of the sedan. According to CEO Henrik Fisker, the Surf combines the performance, luxury, economy and style of the sedan model with increased space and practicality.
For those keen enough to notice, the Fisker Surf resembles the Ferrari FF from several angles. That was probably not an accident, as Fisker representatives have admitted to the resemblance. A Ferrari FF with fours doors, rather than just two, is what the Surf looks like. Luckily, it’ll only be about a third of the Italian exotic’s price.
Despite the additional body work, the Surf only weighs 66 pounds more than the Karma sedan. Like the sedan, it features a drivetrain that incorporates a pair of 150kW electric motors (403HP in total) mounted at the rear and a GM-sourced 260HP 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine located at the front. The 20 kW lithium-ion battery pack is placed longitudinally below the floor.
Similar to the Chevrolet Volt, on which Fisker bases its technology, the electric motors drive the wheels while the gasoline engine operates a 175 kW generator that feeds the electric motors when the battery is out of energy. We can expect the Surf, like the sedan, to have an electric range of 50 miles (80 kilometers) and a combined range of 300 miles (482 kilometers).
The Fisker Surf is scheduled to launch in 2013 with a starting price of around $100,000.