I mentioned there was a McLaren/Fisker dealership here in Northern California just 20 minutes away from where I live. I only got a few photos taken without getting too intrusive into their business. Here's how it all went down...
I went to get a full detail job (about $300) done on my SLK today at AJ's. While they worked on it (it took 6.5 hrs for them to do it... wash the whole car - no machines, hand waxed the wheels, clay bar, polymer sealer, wax, inside detail including leather, hard surfaces, engine clean up), we took the Corvette down to the McLaren/Fisker dealership. Got some nice photos for you all!
Note: we used to ride motorcycles... so since we both have our own cars now (I got kicked out of the Corvette... and am highly attached to my new SLK now), we drive separate everywhere... kind of like riding motorcycles again but with the added security of having AC when it gets too hot, nice tunes to drive to (my honey loves listening to Classic Rock... AC/DC, CCR, Deep Purple, etc.. when he drives, and I love listening to a little Classic Rock, a lot of 80s rock (Scorpions, Poison, Def Leppard), 70s Disco (Commodores, Earth Wind & Fire, Average White Band, Paul McCartney & Wings). Having in-vehicle communication is a plus with the bluetooth connected cellphones, as well as the great nav system in the R172 SLK. We don't have to wear tons of heavy armor (like when we were on the motorcycles). I can go riding in a dress, or halter top without fearing road rash. Enough background information for you all...
On to the photos!!
They had a silver flake McLaren super car in the show room with Carbon fiber upgrades on whatever could be upgraded in carbon... Sticker was $500K+.
All the Fiskers are hybrid super cars. Their current model, Karma, has 463 Hp with 959 ft-lbs of torque. Fisker is planning on releasing a 2-door sedan that will go for about $50K and a coupe as well. A cabriolet is also in the works.
First Photo... front of the McLaren dealership in Mountain View, CA. Photo taken from the Fisker dealership.
Second Photo... inside the McLaren showroom. The black one in the foreground is $296K I think but I can't be certain. It was a pre-owned standard version, with no upgrades when it was purchased. The silver one in the center is $500K+ (I think $505K). It had upgraded sport wheels, carbon fiber (splitter, rear diffuser, mirrors, intake vanes, engine bling, exhaust, and cabin dash/console). There was a McLaren F1 simulator (complete with replica cockpit) in the back that was not working. I wanted to try it out. Also in the showroom was a McLaren F1 car.
Third Photo... after taking a look at the McLarens, we decided to head over to Fisker. This is under the overhang of the Fisker dealership.
Fourth Photo... The Fisker Karma... They go for about $100K (base model). The Fisker Karma has 2x electric engines which put out almost 1000 ft-lbs of torque. It has a solar-panel roof and has glass/futuristic bling in the cabin. Shifter is a set of buttons on the console (the basic Park, Neutral, Reverse, and Drive). Each time you shift to a different mode, a light bar that looks like a laser pulse from a Star Wars blaster rifle slides across the glass screen in front of the shifter buttons. There is a vertical "hump" that travels the length of the car separating the left and right sides of the car inside. That's the battery standing vertical. The exhaust was moved to just behind the front wheels because it got too hot and was melting the rear bumper of the car. There's a token bling-cover that fits over the previous exhaust ports behind the vehicle.
The Karma in this particular photo has the "glass" flake paint. All the metallics have metal flake paint except for the ones that are painted blue. They have glass-flake in the paint rather than metal-flake. The option for the glass-flake is $5,000. It makes the blue Karmas sparkle much more than the others. Compared to the blue ones, the rest of the metallics look pretty dull. The bling is difficult to appreciate in a photo.. you have to see it in person.
Fifth Photo... just in the back section, here's over $1.5 Million worth of super car. I spied about 4 other Fisker Karmas parked in the back closer to the show room, 1 in the showroom, and 1 outside as a demo test drive. There were 2 Porsche Boxter S cars parked out front to the side, and a Corvette ZR-1 out back on consignment. The McLaren showroom had the 2 cars inside only, and a frame on wheels + engine of the McLaren super car you could try sitting in. The cabin was all carbon fiber. The engine compartment was built of aluminum struts.
If you ever care to see these cool vehicles, come on by to the San Francisco Bay Area. There are a lot of SLK drivers out here. I'm going to go ahead and presume that I speak for all of us out here but anyone who's not local is welcome to come meet us (since the locals will be part of the local group). If you happen to visit during a weekend ride/meet up/get together of the Northern CA SLK group, we'd love to meet you!