I heard Henrik say on more than one occasion that once you get beyond basic transportation, emotion becomes very important in selecting one car over another. We each have an inner narrative about our lives and we pick cars that fit that narrative. Like @FiskerZee
, I am an engineer and love technology, but I also like to think of myself as iconoclastic, which draws me away from the majority's choice to something rarer and more unusual, and the Karma fits the bill for me. The rise, fall, and resurrection story is a great bonus.
As for the next generation of the Karma, which was the original topic of this thread, I agree that the Solar panel should be, at the very least, optional. @PowerSource
is doing great work on changing it to a panoramic roof, which would be a great option to have for the new Karma which does not require re-engineering the car.
I think that in general, offering a superleggera
version of the Karma would be a great easy option. Shedding weight by replacing the adjustable heated seats with simpler seats, taking out the Solar Roof and glass, adding a more aggressive front end etc. would help the car's performance without having to modify the drive train.
Obviously, upgrading the powertrain to get more performance out of it, plus adding @PowerSource
's driving modes would be truly awesome.
The Karma is basically a good car. Just needs to be improved and there are plenty of low-hanging fruit.