After Karma Automotive unveiled the plug-in hybrid 2020 Revero GT earlier this year, the company has now announced U.S. pricing will begin at $135,000. Costing $5,000 more than its predecessor, the 2020 Revero GT features a number of updates inside and out.
The Karma Revero GT was initially unveiled just a few months ago, and runs on a hybrid drive that uses a BMW Twin Power Turbo three-cylinder engine as a range extender. With the upgrades, a new generator has been set with the BMW i8 engine, but one of the biggest changes is the all-new powertrain with two electric motors. These produce a combined output of 400 kW (536 hp / 543 PS) and 1491 Nm of torque. Acceleration has improved, now achieving 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, up from 5.4 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h).
The PHEV now also has an upgraded 28kWh lithium-ion battery with a higher overall density and up to 80 miles of EV range – about 60% more than the previous generation. The overall driving range is now up to 360 miles (around 579 km). Other improvements to the Karma Revero GT also come from technology upgrades with a new digital-audio architecture. A new centre console features a touch screen and UI processor.
The exterior of the PHEV comes with a redesigned whole-body revamp affecting the look of the hood, doors, deck lid, body sides and mirrors. The Southern Californian carmaker says that the design has an “iconic California style.” Inside, the front and rear seats have improved ventilation and the steering wheel is heated. The price increase of $ 5000 means that the 2020 Karma Revero GT now costs $35,000 more than the Tesla Model S Performance, for example.
“Karma’s aim is to deliver uncompromised luxury and innovative technology for those who share our mindset and our California spirit,” says Karma’s Chief Revenue Officer John Maloney. In the US and Canada, 20 retail partners are accepting pre-orders of the new vehicle. Karma Automotive has said that the Californian PHEV will also be available for unspecified “select export markets”.