Fisker Automotive has announced that after much ado, it will be delivering its first 2011 Fisker Karma range-extended electric sports sedan later this month. The lucky recipient of this one-of-a-kind vehicle will be none other than eco-friendly advocate Leonardo DiCaprio.
According to founder Henrik Fisker, DiCaprio finds himself at the very top of a list of 3,000 Fisker buyers which also includes former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, General Colin Powell, and a whole host of other luminaries.
Early production at the Valmet plant in Finland is currently limited to five cars a week, but that figure is expected to rise to 300 cars per week once the assembly line is running at full speed. As a result, Fisker estimates that at the moment, production is sold out through early next year.
The 2011 Fisker Karma is a plug-in hybrid which operates on power from its lithium-ion battery pack for up to 50 miles. At this point, a 260-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine switches on to generate electricity.
The rear-wheel-drive luxury sports vehicle is powered by a pair of electric motors, one ahead of the differential and one behind. The car’s space frame is aluminum and it competes in roughly the same class as the BMW 5-Series, Cadillac CTS, as well as other mid-size luxury sedans.
Only a handful of journalists have been lucky enough to give the Fisker Karma a spin thus far, and only on a closed track. His Royal Highness Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, also drove it briefly back in December 2009. More recently, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was able to drive it around for two laps of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit with Fisker in the passenger seat.
Last December, Fisker increased the price of the 2011 Karma sedan so for DiCaprio and other early buyers, the car will have a base price of $95,900.