New Fisker Project Ronin teased as four-door sports coupe
American EV firm Fisker has provided a glimpse of its Project Ronin sports car – a high-performance four-door GT to rival the Porsche Taycan, which aims to provide the longest range of any electric car on sale.
The brand has released this teaser image of the new sports model, which will be developed at Fisker’s UK Magic Works engineering centre, ahead of its unveiling in August 2023, indicating how it will look.
The Ronin was designed by the brand’s CEO Henrik Fisker, who also penned the BMW Z8 and numerous Aston Martins. Despite its electric underpinnings, the Ronin appears to adopt similar proportions to a traditional front-engined GT car. There’s a long bonnet and a sharp, pointed nose, with multi-element LED running lights integrated into the bumper.
The bonnet rises over the front wheels and to a steeply raked windscreen, and the Ronin is fitted with a pair of slender digital door mirrors and active aerodynamics systems. A visible shutline along the flanks indicates that the new sports car will be a four-door model in the mould of the first Fisker production car, the Karma, from 2011.
However, the car will be developed at a new engineering centre in the UK, dubbed Fisker Magic Works. Overseen by former Aston Martin executive David King, Magic Works will be tasked with the engineering behind low-volume, rapid-development vehicle programmes and special versions of Fisker models – a similar brief to King’s previous work where he was in charge of Aston Martin Special Operations.
Speaking on its Magic Works divison, Fisker CEO and Chairman, Henrik Fisker has previously said the brand is “on full speed to deliver four distinct vehicle lines by 2025 [around when Project Ronin could go on sale], driving innovation forward and pushing radical new ideas into the global car market.
“Fisker Magic Works provides us with an opportunity to create sustainable and fantastic vehicles outside the confines of established industry segments. Bringing on David King further strengthens our engineering and creative expertise, and I’ve already assigned him two exciting projects which will showcase our capability in highly specialised materials and technologies designed especially for the eco-conscious automotive enthusiast.”
One of those projects now looks to be the Ronin, which has been designed to seat four passengers in comfort, with space for luggage. The sports car will feature”‘unique doors for better ingress and egress”, which could mean a Rolls Royce-style rear-hinged design. The cabin will utilise vegan materials, too.
According to Henrik Fisker, the grand tourer could also provide the longest range of any production EV, thanks to a battery pack integrated into the car’s body structure:
“The aim is to achieve the world’s longest range for a production EV, combined with extremely high levels of performance. Project Ronin will be a showcase for our internal engineering, powertrain, and software capabilities”, said the CEO.
In a social media post on Instagram Fisker announced that Project Ronin would target more than 550 miles from a full charge. However, he stopped short of revealing any specifics when it comes to the energy the battery pack will offer.
Currently, the Lucid Air Dream Edition can go further than any other electric car, with an EPA range figure of 520 miles.
Fisker also outlined that the eventual production car would be priced from “just under $200,000” or a little less than £160,000 when it goes into production in the second half of 2024.
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