California-based Karma Automotive pulled the covers off its latest creation at the Wynn Concours in Las Vegas on November 11. Dubbed the “Kaveya,” the sleek electric supercar flagship is expected to spearhead the carmaker’s survival bid through the 2020s.
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Karma Automotive was birthed from the ashes of the defunct Fisker Automotive, itself an ambitious automobile enterprise that folded into bankruptcy in 2013 but that’s also been reborn as its own separate company. After a rough decade, Karma Automotive is now setting the stage for a comeback. It’s hired new leadership, and used the Las Vegas event to announce a new vehicle lineup, with the Karma Kaveya as headliner.
The name “Kaveya” is inspired by a Hindi term that roughly translates to “poetry in motion.” It is undoubtedly a nod to the coupe’s super-sleek profile and eye-catching lines, which are broken up only by subtle slashes that serve as cooling vents and aerodynamic channels. The sleek GT boasts a mostly carbon-fibre body wrapped around an aluminum space-frame. It is still estimated to weigh a hefty 5,300 lbs (2,404 kg) — heavy batteries being the bane of electric cars.
According to Karma, there will be two variants of the Kaveya coupe. The base trim will have a rear-wheel-drive setup and 536 hp. An all-wheel-drive 1,180-hp variant will top that. This top-end spec will also boast 1,270 lb-ft of torque and should be able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) from zero in less than 3.0 seconds on its way to a top speed north of 180 mph (289 km/h). The carmaker also claims the 120-kWh battery pack should be good for a 180-mile (289-mile) range, and charging from 10 to 80 per cent will take 45 minutes.
Karma Automotive plans to have the 536-hp Kaveya model ready for production by the fourth quarter of 2025, with the more powerful variant following about a year later.
If all goes to plan, the Kaveya will not be alone. Karma Automotive also revealed plans to continue production of its Revero sedan (currently known as “GS-6”). The refreshed Revero will be powered by a 536-hp hybrid powertrain that pairs two electric motors with a gas engine serving as a generator. Power output will receive a boost to 708 lb-ft, up from 550 lb-ft in the previous model.
The Gyesera, an all-new electric sedan, will round off the initial model lineup. The carmaker only teased a darkened image of the thing, but the rear-wheel-drive sedan is aiming for a range in excess of 250 miles (400 km). There are few details at this point, but according to Karma, the Gyesera will have 590 hp and 693 lb-ft of torque.
That should be good enough for a sub-4.2-second sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) and a top speed of over 135 mph (217 km/h). Curiously, the dimensions of the Gyesera revealed by the carmaker are an exact match for the Revero’s. It will be interesting to see how the finished models will look alongside each other.
The Gyesera is set for a late 2024 debut. It’s all shaping up, then, to be a busy next phase for the Chinese-owned company. It remains to be seen if the niche brand will be able to deliver on all its goals, given how competitive and unforgiving the automobile sector can be.