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  Fisker Tramonto

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Country of origin:United States
Produced from:2006 - 2007
Numbers built:15
Introduced at:2005 Frankfurt Motor Show
Designed by:Henrik Fisker
Source:Company press release
Last updated:September 26, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionTogether, Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler are building on one of the world's greatest handcrafted experiences in car design - coachbuilding. They are crafting a line of automobiles that will redefine automotive performance, elegance and exclusive luxury. Earlier this year, Fisker and Koehler recruited a small group of international investors to bring the Fisker Coachbuild experience to life. A workshop was rented...a handful of craftsmen hired...and production of the Fisker Tramonto and Latigo CS turned from dream to reality.

The Fisker Tramonto is a sculpted statement of exotic, two-seat, open-air motoring. Beneath the skin, the engineering excellence of what its base architecture once was - a Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG - remains. The myriad array of Mercedes-Benz's finest technological innovations, from the power-retractable hardtop to Active Body Control (ABC), remain untouched - as do safety systems, including crumple zones and airbags. At the same time, the Tramonto has become something much more, and the differences go beyond what meets the eye.

Compared to its original platform, the Tramonto is reproportioned with a shorter back end, a longer-looking hood line with a pronounced power dome, and no visual bumpers. It is poised, balanced, sculptured...and exotic. From any angle, the message is uncompromisingly beautiful. Unmistakably Fisker. Take a casual glance at the new car's lines; Gaps between body panels are tight and uniform. aluminium and carbon fiber - materials that befit an exotic sports car - make up the body panels. Steel is used judiciously, to enhance structural rigidity.

Interior design is as crucial as the exterior - after all, it is here that driver and machine become one. To bring the Fisker design to life, we have teamed with Distinctive Industries, the American-based leather interior experts. All seat and fascia surfaces are expertly hand trimmed and hand stitched, in a selection of super-premium, soft yet durable Italian leathers. Milled aluminium highlights the center console, and aluminium details accent the switch gear - joining with leather to form the strong Fisker logo bars on the gear shift knob. The multifunction steering wheel is a Fisker original, with built-in sound system controls.

For those who crave more, the Performance Plus package is available. Fisker has teamed with Kleemannn, the world's leader in Kompressor (Supercharger) technology for Mercedes-Benz, to create the Fisker/Kleemann 610-hp supercharged 5.5-liter V8 with a 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. The performance starts with custom-made ECU program, redesigned pulley wheel and Super Sport Camshafts, to maximize engine output. Enlarged stainless steel tubular exhaust headers, down pipes and 70 mm dual exhaust system with four steel cats allow for freer breathing...a system which is further enhanced with Kleemann 120-cell metal catalysts for maximum performance gain.

All of these modifications result in rewards that range from the concrete to the visceral. The supercharged engine produces over 650 lb-ft of torque and 610 hp, delivering a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds and smooth power throughout the entire operating range. And while it cannot be quantified, the music of the Fisker/Kleemann engine produces some strong feelings of its own. Power delivery is controlled through a 5-speed AMG SpeedShift transmission, with Fisker modified aluminium paddle-shift controls for manual-style shifting. The adaptive, automatic transmission monitors driving style and adjusts shift patterns accordingly.

Drawing upon decades of the founding partners' expertise, Fisker Coachbuild has sculpted aggressive aerodynamics directly into the form of the Tramonto, without the need for bulky fins or spoilers. Modeling and testing by 3D Configuration experts at Realadi and their collaborative networking confirm resultant airflow. Never before have there been automobiles like the Fisker Tramonto or Fisker Latigo CS, and there will only ever be 150 of each. And while owning a Fisker will be a singular privilege, so too will be the experience of acquiring one.

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