The upcoming 2020 Karma Revero will source its range-extending engine from BMW.
It’s kinda hard to tell what exactly to call the Karma Revero. It has a gas-burning engine and a pair of electric motors, which would make you think it’s a hybrid, but it also has an all-electric infrastructure and only uses the gas engine to extend the car’s range. So it’s sort of like an electric car that’s just not quite ready to take the plunge into only ever using a plug to get its electrons from.
The previous generation of Revero used a 2.0-L turbo 4-cylinder from GM and a pair of electric motors for a combined 403 hp. It had an all-electric range of 50 miles and a total range of 302 miles with the gas motor running. It also had some solar panels on the roof that really didn’t help all that much but sort of pressed the narrative that this was supposed to be a “green” grand touring car.
Whatever. You wanna be green, take the bus or buy a Tesla.
Karma seems to have gotten the message, so the next Revero will focus a bit more on performance. The 2018 model took 5.4-seconds to get from zero to sixty. The 2020 model will take just 4.5 seconds, which is pretty good.
It’ll also have a smaller BMW-sourced engine rather than the GM one. It’s the same 1.5-L 3-cylinder turbo from the BMW i8 coupe, which provides 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Although with its fully-electric powertrain, the torque figures don’t really matter.
Karma doesn’t tell us how many horses the 2020 Revero will get with its “new and more powerful high-voltage NMC lithium-ion battery pack and a new, transversely mounted, twin-motor rear drive module (RDM),” but they should be quite a few.
That said, it’s still not as fast as the BMW i8, which goes from zero to sixty in just 4.2 seconds.
We’ll find out more about the 2020 Revero when it debuts at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show next week along with two new concept vehicles.