When we got our first look at the Fisker Atlantic ahead of this year’s New York International Auto Show, we were stoked to see a stylish car from the automaker that would be more accessible than its more than $100,000 Fisker Karma. In fact, early word had it the Atlantic would come in at half the cost of the Karma, and the automaker said it would compete in size and spec with the Audi A5 coupe and BMW 335i.
That may not be 100-percent true, though. Documents thought to be for investors showed the compact Fisker Atlantic, a car codenamed “Nina,” would start somewhere in the $50,000 to $60,000 range, which lines up more with midsize cars like the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6. Fisker also said its 0 to 60 acceleration time would be in the 6.5-second range, about half a second slower than the larger Karma. Onboard power would come by way of a BMW-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 300 horsepower. But like the Karma’s setup, it would only serve as a generator to power the electric motors at the wheels.
In the documents, Fisker wouldn’t list the car’s electric-only driving range or fuel economy when using the gas engine. In fact, not much at all was leaked about the car’s specifications beyond what we already know.
Unfortunately, the small luxury sports sedan won’t be here for a while, even if it were a little farther along in its development stage. The documents state Fisker is expecting to start building the Atlantic in mid-2014, which leaves plenty of time for something to go wrong. The Wilmington, Delaware, facility Fisker owns is still non-operational because of lack of funding due to a holdup with a Department of Energy loan. The Atlantic was originally supposed to start production at the end of 2012 as a 2013 model.
And as was well-documented with the Fisker Karma, the sedan was originally supposed to start at a price nearly $20,000 less than it is now. So don’t expect to see much new from Fisker any time in the immediate future, and expect it to differ some from what you’re reading now when or if it makes it to production.
Source: Inside EVs