It is the best of cars. It is the worst of cars. It is the car of wisdom. It is the car of foolishness. It is the car of belief. It is the car of incredulity. It is the 2012 Fisker Karma.

That Kisker Karma sure is some car, isn’t it? It’s sexier and more inviting than Jessica Biel eating a strawberry sundae while sitting in a bed made of unicorn hides. Sadly, it’s also just as likely to get you from point A to point B as one of those hide-less unicorns are.

The four-door luxury, enviro-friendly sedan is slung low to ride, when operational, on oversized 22-inch rims and tires. It stands out not just for its shape and design, but also for some mighty-nifty features such as the layer of photovoltaic solar cells that cover its roof. This is easily spied by passerby on the down-low vehicle.   

Its inners are all things great. Well, at least in potential. It is powered by a 20- kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and driven by twin 150-kilowatt electric motors that pump out a smooth 200 to 260 horsepower depending upon the mode that the car is in. Unfortunately, thus far, the Karma has not been reliable enough to give its drivers many hours of enjoyment

The $107,000 Karma that Consumers Reports purchased to test died during the publication’s calibration runs before the actual testing even commenced. Just as troubling for the car that dreams green is the fact that its numbers simply suck. When powered by gas, it rates a sad 20 MPG, while when burning the electric juice it is less efficient than the Chevy Volt, another plug-in disappointment.

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