The Fisker Emotion has finally been revealed in full, and it is a pretty little thing, isn’t it? After what seems like an eternity in gestation, the butterfly-doored beauty queen has made quite the entrance at this year’s CES.
Henrik Fisker knows how to make a car look good, having had a hand in prior Aston Martin projects and the BMW Z8. That style helps the Emotion disguise its genuinely massive body. It’s a titanic five metres long; the same as a Range Rover. At 1.4 metres high it’s a little lower than a Volkswagen Golf but looks suitably coupe-ish thanks to the length-heavy proportions and Death Stars that pass for wheels. Seriously, they’re 24 inches across. “That’s no moon…” etc.
At the four-seat electric sports GT’s heart is an as-yet unconfirmed number of motors, logically between two and four but most likely three. They are collectively good for 780bhp, a 0-60mph time of under three seconds and a top speed of 161mph. We’re eager for news of whether it uses a gearbox to achieve that speed.
Backing-up the power is a large battery that Fisker says should be good for over 400 miles. It’s a conventional type, for now, but joining the Emotion on the brand’s CES stand was a new type of battery; a solid-state unit that Fisker says could bring about driving ranges of over 500 miles per charge, and charging times as fast as one minute.
Okay, so we don’t quite believe that. To pump that much current into a battery that quickly you’d need a cable as thick as your leg. Not exactly practical, and likely to shaft electricity grids in nanoseconds. This SuperBattery tech is said to be pencilled in for smartphones as soon as this year before making it to cars in 2020.
Speaking of phones, you operate the flush door handles with yours, via a Fisker app. Hopefully there’s a mechanical failsafe built-in in case your battery goes dead or you lose your phone.
If you thought we were going to get through this whole article without mentioning automation, we’re going to have to disappoint you. Hard. There’s a series of cutting-edge LiDAR sensors around which the car has been built. They monitor a spectrum of variables on the road and can, apparently, deliver ‘up to’ level four autonomy. Ask Alex what that’s like.
Smaller news comes with a choice of either the standard two-seat ‘first class’ or an optional three-seat rear layout. A giant 27-inch curved TV screen is another option. Don’t expect to see too many, but with looks like this we don’t expect you’ll miss it if one crosses your path.