The oft delayed Fisker Karma has been given another reality check - an $8,000 price hike.

While that isn't chump change, the company is downplaying the news. According to spokesman Russell Datz "With a starting price of $95,900 the Karma is hands down the best value combination of style, performance, efficiency, luxury, sustainability and exclusive powertrain technology." He added, "With an MSRP of $95,900 the Karma is within 10% of the originally announced MSRP of $87,900 announced in 2009 - an incremental change over the course of two years."

Of course when the Karma was originally introduced at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, it was slated to cost $80,000.  This was later bumped up to $87,900 and the $80k figure was dubbed "an estimated price range."

As for the launch date? A rather vague spring of 2011, but their previous estimate of late 2009 didn't work out so well.

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