NEW 2023 Fisker Ocean Prototype Review: A Solid EV That’s the Good Kind of Weird
The mans name is on the car, described it as being 85 of the way to production. Despite this, I could tell this car was a special EV. It was fast sure, but that wasnt really the point it had plenty of range fine, but that should be expected out of almost any electric vehicle these days. What the ocean gets right is what I will call gimmicks that work features that other cars dont have and you couldnt say why they dont its an ad that takes advantage of a page turned in Automotive History and does it, despite its very conventional layout, fiskers. First, fully, electric vehicle is a smallish SUV with two rows of seats, in other words its the hottest size and shape in the automotive marketplace. Right now, its closest competition, when it comes out will be the Tesla Model y Cadillac lyric, Volkswagen ID .4 and the Ford Mustang Maki in many respects it has those cars be already on paper, offering the best range in its class at 350 miles in its top Trim, it also has the most power at 550 horses from a dual motor all wheel, drive system pricing will remain stable for the first 40 000 cars and tops out at 68 999. A base 250 mile range car with front wheel, drive and 275 horsepower costs. 37. 499 dollars the car I drove was a launch spec top trim ocean one machine. It didnt act like a real hunker down performance EV, despite offering such lofty performance thats, not a bad thing at all.
Its right is soft, but still offers good body control. It doesnt feel heavy, likewise torque isnt a full hit right at the beginning. It ramps up smoothly feeling sort of like a Turbocharger coming into boost its not jarring in the slightest, despite sprinting to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds. The real magic of the Fisker ocean, however, is not in its performance, its in all of the strangeness, the vehicle offers, which is mostly good strangeness. The car has no glava box, for instance, replacing the conventional Dash mounted storage with compartments below the seats for the passenger. As well as the driver, every window beside the windshield also retracts, fully including the tailgate and rear quarter glass combine this with an infotainment display that transitions from portrait to landscape with help from an electric motor a center console that is completely free floating to give the Rear passengers more legroom and an airplane style meal, tray that extends from the center console and well. This thing is just weird, but its weird in a good way, its tackling the perception of crossovers, as boring appliances had on and not through the instant torque of an electric drivetrain which exists no matter whatever you drive and is almost cliche at this point. This is an intentional effort on Fiskars part. The companys aforementioned chief executive says these sorts of features will be a focus of the Brands future products as well. The exterior Isnt, So outrageously, quirky Fisker, a designer himself said getting something really unique and eye catching was difficult.
The family crossover shape, offers much less aesthetic Freedom as compared to a stylish Cooper, a low slung sedan. That being said, the ocean has a wide stance and a few small design features that complete the picture. Pleasant treatments around the wheel, arches and pillar mounted blinkers are a few examples. As a side note, the ocean also has a fixed Hood, which can only be opened by service technicians, no frunk. This is getting more and more common on EVS. It raises the question of how window washer fluid is added elegantly, its just a small port located where the wipers rest on the ocean and not a strange door on the site of the car like mercedes benza zevs have lack of fungicide its hard, not to touch Something that isnt wrapped in stuff made from recycled water bottles, at least on the inside Beyond whats visible. The cars focus on sustainability, is still impressive. The oceans charging stage finder, for instance, will allegedly be capable of directing drivers to locations that offer strictly green electricity. The automaker has also released a full report on the carbon emissions needed to produce the vehicle. It takes this sort of thing seriously. It seems even exterior plastic parts issue, Coatings and paints in order to make them easier to recycle opting for textured finishes. Instead, beyond the nuances of carbon neutrality, the ocean was a fun car to throw around in the limited time I drove it at Magna stairs test track in Austria.
Magma is a contract manufacturer building the likes of the Mercedes G, Wagen, BMWs E4 and 5 series, as well as the Toyota Supra around the companys small testing facility, the cars soft sprung nature. Surprisingly, didnt give way to any sensation of the heavy batteries it was carrying around the steering was very nicely sprung and communicative, as well, especially for an electric vehicle. Overall, it was surprisingly capable, extremely neutral and rode very nicely. I cant imagine any pothole or other impact being a harsh one in the ocean. The fact that Magna is building fiskers first mass marketev seems to be a very good match. The Austrian contract manufacturer is likely happy to be building an electric vehicle at a time when many automakers are moving F production in house. Likewise, the business has the know how and is under Financial pressure to get production running smoothly in short order. The result will in all likelihood be a smooth launch for the ocean if it lacks some features initially, even the highest trim. Cars, for instance, wont have cruise control when they roll out the door. The feature will allegedly be added over the air soon after launch. There are other foibles, too, some interior components were a tadmus island and a trunk release on a car. I drove seemed to be operated with a lanyard. My test car also suddenly lost power. While I was driving it on Magnus track, although it recovered after a hard ignition cycle, the cars we interacted with were all prototypes.
At best. All of these things will likely be worked out for production, after all, its not only fiskers reputation on the line but Magnus as well, by the way, the folks at Fisker werent afraid to poke fun at other American F companies that struggle with quality. You can guess who they were referring to. The company seems confident that final production cars will be trouble free and claim to be taking their time with features they can add in a robust State over the air. Build quality is being taken very seriously. Is the Fisker ocean revolutionary? No, if the brand plays its cards right, it will likely be quite successful. The Price is Right for what it is and it offers features that set it apart from other automakers Legacy or not theres tremendous energy behind the ocean backed up with real engineering Acumen when it finally hits the road in Earnest.