Teen pop sensation/hair farm Justin Bieber received a chrome-plated Fisker Karma as an 18th birthday gift from his manager, and has been caught a few times in the kind of traffic violations you’d expect from an 18-year-old with a very fast luxury vehicle. Leonardo DiCaprio apparently owns one, too. The vehicle is a nice status symbol for rich dudes and dudettes, we guess, but our colleagues down the highway at Consumer Reports Cars weren’t as fond of it. They gave it a failing grade. The Karma’s first impression–breaking down almost as soon as it arrived at the test facility–probably didn’t help.
Consumer Reports couldn’t even get their $108,000 Fisker Karma test car through its first round of tests before its battery went kaput. And now, Fisker says they’ll be replacing said defective parts in the luxury electronic vehicles.
As many of you probably already know, our kin at Consumer Reports buy everything they test at retail. Which means that they aren’t testing a product that has been optimized or checked out by the manufacturer in advance. It also means that every once in a while, a $107,000 car breaks down in the parking lot.