Just one look and it's clear that the Fisker Karma is an eye-catcher, but the beautiful gas-electric hybrid sedan is getting a makeover anyway.
Fisker will bring four new paint schemes to SEMA, the massive aftermarket products convention, in Las Vegas next week. The automaker has partnered with four separate suppliers on the paint schemes, and visitors to the show can see the same Karma rotate from one livery to another as it’s wrapped and re-wrapped on the show floor every 24 hours.
Fisker turned to industry leader 3M to develop the film that wraps around the curvaceous Karma body. 3M calls it Fisker Diamond Protection Film, and it comes in four striking color combinations. October Sun is metallic black with burnt orange stripes, Riverside is an homage to American racing history with a white body and blue stripes, Classic is hot rod red with an aluminum-trimmed black stripe and Onward pairs satin black with gloss burnt orange.
Fisker will also partner with Mobil 1 to supply their 0W-30 Advanced Fuel Economy synthetic motor oil, as well as Goodrich to provide environmentally-friendly chroming on the standard 22-inch wheels. Goodrich uses a patented chroming process called PermaStar that produces no hazardous waste, combining powder coat and vacuum metallization for a classic chrome finish.
Fisker could use some good news right about now. In a politically-charged environment, public funding of alternative fuel vehicles has been a hot-button issue and Fisker has taken millions in government loans yet struggles to meet sales goals and approach turning a profit. Perhaps the new colors will attract new customers – though it’s hard to imagine the car’s looks didn’t do that already.
We’ll be reporting live from SEMA when the show kicks off in two weeks, so stay tuned for photos and video from the biggest aftermarket show in the world.