Fisker Surf Makes Waves at Frankfurt Debut

By Jacob Brown | September 14, 2011
Sure, Leonardo DiCaprio recently picked up a 2012 Fisker Karma electric sedan. But if the actor ever wishes to start a family and needs a Family Truckster of his very own to get the kids off to Wally World, he may want to consider the just-introduced Fisker Surf sport wagon. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Surf adds to the caboose to transform the curvaceous four-door into a slick cargo hauler. Able to carry 28.9 cubic feet of whatever you can throw into it with the seats folded, it may not be as practical as your neighbor’s crossover. But then again, your neighbor’s crossover doesn’t look nearly as good. Coddling passengers in a sporty, luxurious cabin, the Surf is designed to be as environmentally-friendly on the inside as it is on the road. Wood on the dashboard comes from either leftovers of other companies or trees that have been downed in California wildfires. Leather seating comes by way of a low-emissions tannery, or customers can opt for synthetic materials. “The Surf is a first-of-its-kind eco-friendly lifestyle vehicle that offers space, performance and luxury design for people who live an active, environmentally conscious lifestyle and like to drive beautiful cars,” said Henrik Fisker, CEO and design director. Fisker says the powertrain for the Surf is the same electric propulsion system used in the Karma sedan, a 403-horsepower electric motor system with a whopping 981 pound-feet of torque — more than a Bugatti Veyron. Under battery power alone, the Surf can travel up to 50 miles. But it will be able to go another 250 miles using a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 260 horsepower in its own right and serves as an on-board generator. Unlike the hybrid drive system used in cars like the Toyota Prius, the Surf’s gas-powered engine never directly sends power to the wheels. Fisker calls its propulsion system “EVer,” or electric vehicle with extended range. With all of this technology and style, prices aren’t expected to be cheap. The Karma sedan ranges from $95,900 to $108,900, so expect the Surf to be a little bit loftier when it goes on sale next year as a 2013 model. Source: Fisker