Here’s what the Karma Revero GT prototype is like to drive

The fixes on the Revero GT are exhaustive, from the new grille up front to the taillights out back and almost everything in between. Karma estimates that 75 percent of the Revero GT is new, and more parts are revised. After fixing what was the Fisker Karma, they relaunched that car in the summer of 2017 as the Karma Revero and sold it for two years. But that wasn’t enough. Karma Automotive then redid the Revero again, with those 75-percent new parts, and christened the resulting car the Revero GT. That is 75-percent new from the 2017 Revero to the 2020 Revero GT. What you see here is the Revero GT and that is what I just drove in prototype form.
Even though the Revero already sported an all-aluminum space frame, engineers managed to strip a claimed 357 pounds out of the new one, while increasing torsional stiffness. The rear of the greenhouse is more tapered, Karma says, rear quarter panels are refined and an all-new rear end sports a new deck lid spoiler and LED taillights.
It is still powered by a series hybrid drivertrain, though the original, somewhat harsh, GM EcoTec four-banger engine has been replaced by a smoother, possibly quieter, high-performance variant of the 1.5-liter three-cylinder BMW B38 engine that powers the i8. That gasoline engine spins a generator that makes electricity for the car’s 28-kWh lithium ion battery. That electricity goes to the car’s twin electric traction motors, which produce 400 kW, or 536 hp, according to Karma. Axle torque is listed by Karma at 4675 lb-ft after going through reduction gearing. Zero-to-60 for the 5048-pound Revero GT comes up in 4.5 seconds. Driving range on electric-only is listed at “up to 80 miles,” though the official EPA electric range is 61 miles. Karma says total range with a full charge and a full tank of gasoline is “up to” 360 miles. The next Revero after this one, whatever it will be called, will be all-electric with a 200 to 300-mile range.