Our good friends over at autoblog.nl emailed us this morning telling us to check out the new Fisker Tramonto. If you've never heard of Fisker before, it's a company founded by Hendrik Fisker, the former Director of Design for Aston Martin. He's responsible for the DB-9 and the AM-V8 Vantage, two cars that I absolutely love. Basically, Fisker's new company takes standard cars, in this case the SL 55 AMG, and "Fiskerizes" them, molding them after his own design.
Before delving into specifics about the car, I have to warn you. I love the standard SL55 AMG, so anyone who redesigns it better make it perfect. Unfortunately, Fisker's design falls far short of perfect.
The Fisker Tramonto is three cars rolled into one: It has the front of an Aston Martin, the side of an SL55, and the ass of a Saab. Now I have to admit, the car isn't terrible, I just prefer the standard SL55 (hey, it's a blog, I'm allowed to give my opninion). Now that that's out of the way, on with the description.
The Fisker Tramonto, as stated before, is based on the SL55 AMG, and retains all of its technology, including safety equipment and retractable hard top. As you can see from the pictures, Fisker redesigned the front end of the car to match an Aston Martin; however, he kept the side view pretty similar to a standard SL55. As for the back of the car, I'm not sure what Fisker was thinking - it's primary influence seems to be drawn from a Saab 9-3.
If you're considering the Tramonto, you'll have two powerplants to choose from: A 500 horsepower 5.5-Liter V8, or an optional Kleemann upgrade that pumps out 610 horses.
So what will the Fisker Mercedes/Aston Martin/Saab set you back?
A mere $128,000, plus an additional $43,000 for the Kleemann version. Only 150 of these beauties will be made, so you better act quick. Don't worry, you won't see me trying to stop you.
You can check out the full story here. We have to warn you, the page is roughly translated from German, so it will be somewhat difficult to read.
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