Sales of the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid have only just begun, but already has released it’s next concept car, the Fisker “Surf” shooting brake coupe/wagon. And it is likely the next planned production Fisker.
What is a shooting brake, you ask? It is a car body style that combines the sloping roofline of a coupe with the versatility of a wagon. They are often high-end vehicles, like the Ferrari FF…and Fisker hopes to capitalize on that market with this stylish-looking concept that was revealed this week at the Frankfurt Auto Show. It’s also a response to the appallingly limited trunk space of the Fisker sedan, which sat at just 12 cubic feet. The Surf more than doubles that, up to 29 cubic feet.
Powering the Surf is the same extended-range hybrid system, powered by a 255 horsepower turbocharged EcoTec engine from GM (which could be replaced by a dedicated 3-cylinder) feeding four electric motors that provide up to 400 horsepower and 900 ft-lbs of torque. And despite being a wagon, the Surf reportedly only weights around 80 poundsmore than its sedan cousin. Now obviously, not all of us can afford a $100,000+ plug-in hybrid sports car. But those who can tend to be wealthy drivers of innovation…and what the rich have, the rest of us seem to want. And they’re going to need more the 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which says to me that this is more than just a concept car for Fisker.
So I am going to say that Surf is almost definitely a planned production model…so expect to see it in well-to-do neighborhoods in the coming years. Now all that’s missing is a Karma convertible…
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.