We guess that some of you would like to know what's happening at Karma Automotive. First of all, the Revero is at the Detroit Auto Show and we managed to find out what's coming soon. As we know, last fall, Karma was saying that its 550,000-square-foot factory in Moreno Valley, California would be up and running about now. But the timeline has turned into a more vague "some time in 2017," so we'll just have to wait for new about the start of actual production.
Karma has run a few pre-production prototypes through the machines, and took 8-10 of them on a tour for prospective buyers in all the cities where the car will be sold. On that tour, interested buyers were able to take the cars on test drives. None of these cars had a problem. The car itself remains pretty much the same as we're seen before, with 981 foot-pounds of torque and a top speed of about 128 miles per hour. Twenty-two-inch wheels are standard. The whole thing weighs about 5,400 pounds, so it's not going to win awards at the drag strip, but the more rigid chassis makes the Revero an excellent long-distance tourer. While the upcoming factory will be able to make more, if Karma sells about 2,000 Reveros, maybe 1,000 of them in the first year, that'd meet the company's expectations.
As for the Karma model that's coming after the Revero, it will not be the Atlantic. The designers are working on "quite a few project," including ideas that take the "feline muscularity" of the Revero and crank it up a notch. One thing we are sure about is that it's not a coupe and it's not a convertible. More information will be coming in a few years. The Revero's infotainment is getting a major overhaul. It will also have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.