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To everyone who keeps responding to the inflammatory post with "bankrupt" in the title...if you don't like it, stop responding! You are playing into the hands of the post by continually raising it to the top of the active forums and increasing the viewership of that post, which has an inflammatory title and subsequent subject material that is quite unrelated to said title. The OP has stopped responding himself so now the thread is lots of nicely supportive stories and opinions, unfortunately though wrapped in a bad thread title.

So in the spirit of that thread with a misleading title, this thread has nothing to do with Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. The actual topic of my post: for those who often thought the Fisker Karma grille was "too much", I am of the opinion that is was quite toned down. Especially when compared to the aggressive Fisker Latigo grille shown here next to the Karma. According to Henrik Fisker, the Latigo face was inspired by the front view of the F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet. I have become quite enamored with the front face of the Karma... who agrees with me?


 

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I don't mind the grille - although I do mind the styrofoam stuff that is visible behind it. I've heard that there may be more grille options next year, possibly the one we've seen on the Surf and Atlantic which I quite prefer (looks more aggressive than the vertical slats in the current grille, and does a better job of hiding the styrofoam)
 

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I really like the fisker grille too. Maybe its better in person than photos. In fact I think the grille and its shiny prim trim is what I dislike about the front of the model S (though I do like the model S rear). I'll take a Cheshire grin over a guppy mouth any day!

I wonder if tesla made the model s grille so narrow to lower the drag coefficient.
 

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I am not a huge fan of the Karma's grille. I think the plastic looks a bit cheap. I wish the grille design of the Surf and the Atlantic was available on the Karma also.
 

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Meh

I am pretty neutral on the grille. Very few people actually see the cars head-on, and event then the grille is not what draws your attention. The more common view is either from the side or from behind. I do like the grille on the surf/sunset but not enough to spend money replacing the grille on my car.
 

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I am not a huge fan of the Karma's grille. I think the plastic looks a bit cheap. I wish the grille design of the Surf and the Atlantic was available on the Karma also.
Stay tuned.
 

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Fisker of Atlanta has started offering grills painted body color, and I kinda like the effect, at least for certain colors of car:

(That's not me in the pic, it's Jamin Workmaster, the Fisker Sales Manager for the dealership. Go buy a car from him, he's a good guy)

They also offer an third-party wire mesh grill replacement which has been locally popular. Note the chromed wheels too:


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Fisker of Atlanta has started offering grills painted body color, and I kinda like the effect, at least for certain colors of car:
Thanks for those tips, Brent. On some colors, the body color match will seem to accentuate the grille rather than make it more subtle, but I like the concept. I think the better way to make the grille less conspicuous is to make the vertical grille "fins" concave, then back them with a subtle honeycomb or mesh. Note how Maserati also has a very prominent "mouth" with fins, but the concave fins, dark color, and large-mesh backdrop allow a more subtle look, with the logo badge much more prominent. The grille just becomes a backdrop...

 

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I love this post! For awhile I thought I was the only one who liked the Karma grille. :) I usually park backed in at my office, so every day I work I approach the car with the grille smiling at me, and I think it very pleasing. I don't like the Styrofoam, but I don’t often notice that part.
 

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Love the grille except for the black foam behind it. Kind of like a beautiful woman with a great smile and a chipped tooth. Still sexy but not perfect :)
 

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There is a fix to the styrofoam problem....see other thread regarding styrofoam. The friendly Fisker Guys had one made for me and are shipping soon...I will let everyone know how it turns out.

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There is a fix to the styrofoam problem....see other thread regarding styrofoam. The friendly Fisker Guys had one made for me and are shipping soon...I will let everyone know how it turns out.

Buck
I should receive my Fisker Guys MOD either tomorrow or Thursday. I plan on installing it this next weekend. I'll let you know how it works out and maybe post a picture of the final result.
 

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I absolutely love the grill! One of the best parts of the car. The small optical finetuning Henrik did after the 2008 Detroit auto show made it perfect.

The styrofoam is not an issue for me. I doesn't bother me, I don't even notice it. And only one person has commented on it over the past 11 months.

@ pythagoras: the Model S actually doesn't have a grille. It looks like one because it's black, but that's just a plastic cover as it needs hardly any air intake. The shape has been determined by the designer.
 
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