2020 Karma Revero GT Test Drive
I had the opportunity to test drive the 2020 Karma Revero GT which is making its cross-country tour stop at Post Oak Motor Cars. As I arrived, I noticed 4 out of the 11 colors available to choose from; NAPA RED, PACIFICO GREY, BODEGA BAY BLUE, and BALBOA BLUE. The one that stood out to me the most was the Pacifico Grey beaming with Metallic paint sitting on 22-inch wheels and combined with bright orange calipers and a two-tone red/black interior that was calling my name. As you approach the vehicle you notice an aesthetically progressive and elegant design. The wider wheelbase makes for the fender lines to flow like a piece of art and as you approach the reshaped headlights, you are greeted by a customizable carbon fiber applique on the front fascia.
Ready to get inside I was fearing how my 6’1 self would manage to fit in such a car and surprisingly there were no issues getting comfortable behind the steering wheel other than some ducking to clear the Alcantara headliner. The interior is sleek and modern yet minimal as the infotainment system is the focal point of the dash and the instrumental cluster is 100% digital. On the steering wheel, the left paddle allows you to select driving modes such as Stealth, Sustain and Sport and the right paddle offers three braking levels. The center console that houses the geometric gear shift controls stretches all the way back to the rear seats where there is ample room for someone my size.
Offering 535 HP/559 lb-ft of torque and weighing just over 5,000lbs, the Revero GT is equipped with dual electric motors and an all-electric powertrain combined with a BMW “TwinPower” Turbo 3 cylinder engine as seen in the BMW i8, that powers the onboard electric generator and allows for a 0-60 acceleration in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 125mph. In Sustain Mode, the Revero GT has a range of 80 miles of pure electric miles and an extended overall range of 360 miles.
On the Houston roads, this car feels great. It is dense and solid, and the chassis and suspension system does its job well while providing a smooth ride and absorbing any road impacts that I came across. It is no chore to drive this car with its spirited performance and in Sport Mode, you unleash all the power of the Revero GT. At full throttle, it accelerates very quickly but quietly with a subtle Tron like sound as you hear the 3 cylinders kick in high gear and push you back into your seat.
The estimated starting price of the 2020 Karma Revero GT is $135,000 and is worth a look if Karma ever piqued your curiosity, as it is better looking inside and out with improved performance than its predecessor.