September’s Frankfurt auto show will be the site of the unveiling of the first *two* automobiles to bear the new Fisker Coachbuild moniker. This preview sketch hints at a pure two-seater sports car to be called the Tramonto. With a promised 610 horses under its rarified hood, the Tramonto’s performance will likely be more in league with cars like Porsche’s Carerra GT than anything from the Aston Martin line. Production will be limited to 150 units. Details on the second Fisker are being kept under wraps (aside from assurances that it will share the sexy FA-22 Raptor fighter-jet-inspired grille design), but again, we’ve been promised more information in Germany. As the Coachbuild badge suggests, these will be true exotics; essentially built-to-order, with a high degree of customer customization likely. An emphasis on technology and safety engineering–often somewhat lacking in exclusive cars like these–is promised in these handbuilt autos.
Henrik Fisker, recently of Ford’s Global Advanced Design Studio fame, is the man responsible for Aston Martins such as the DB-9 and the AM-V8 Vantage, as well as BMW’s sleek Z8 roadster. His design philosophy, expressed in the low-slung lines of his previous work, is clearly evident in the new Tramonto’s sketch. The Roadfly team will be driving a preproduction Tramonto next week; look for our first impressions on the home page shortly. With 60 mph expected to arrive in 3.6 seconds, the drive should be thrilling indeed!
Pricing on the Tramonto is unreleased, but expect it to be quite dear; performance of this caliber does not come cheap. Our sources tell us the figure will be in the neighborhood of $200,000, depending on options. Orders will be taken beginning September 13th. Production is scheduled to begin shortly, likely from the Fisker headquarters in southern California, as the cars are supposed to be available to well-heeled consumers by early next spring. For more details, check the www.fiskercb.com website.Preview of the 2006 Fisker Tramonto,