Fisker Coachbuild is an United States car manufacturer headquartered in Irvine, California. This young company was founded in 2005 by Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Keohler, two men who had previously worked with several renowned car companies. Henrik Fisker was for instance behind the designs of the BMW Z8, the Aston Martin DB9 and the V8 Vantage.
Fisker Coachbuild is a privately owned company that receives financial support from a group of international investors. The majority is held by Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Keohler (who are now Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer respectively).
The first Fisker Coachbuild models were unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Fisker Latigo CS came with a 5 liter V10 (BMW M6) capable of 500 hp. The second model, the Fisker Tramonto, was fitted with a Mercedes-Benz SL-Class with a Kleemann-tuning supercharged 5.5-liter V8 engine doing 610 hp. According to plan, no more than 150 units of each model will be built. Both models are built in Italy and consist chiefly of carbon fibre and aluminium. One of the more recent upgrades has provided the Fisker Tramonto with no less than 700 hp and this car now does 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds.
After the initial show in Frankfurt, the two Fisker models were showed in major auto shows, such as Geneva, Paris and Saudi Arabia. They received a lot of media attention and the Fisker Tramonto was named one of Robb Report Magazine's Car of the Year in 2006.
When the cars were offered for purchase, the action kicked of at a fairly low 128,000 USD for the Fisker Tramonto (If you wanted one with the standard SL 55 mill. Getting the Kleeman performance package added a whooping 43,000 USD to the initial price.) For the Latigo CS, the figure was 197,900 USD.
The Fisker Latigo CS is built of either the E63 BMW 6 Series or BMW M6. Only two door coupes are available and the original exterior has been replaced by a Fisker exterior, created by Henrik Fisker. The interior has also been altered and reclad with new leather and colour options. Among the more eccentric options is the leather lined trunk. The body of the Fisker Latigo CS is lightweight thanks to extensive use of low-weight materials, such as aluminium and carbon fibre.
The Fisker Tramonto sports a wide and low stance, and is commonly described as “gound hugging”. In contrast to the original platform, the Fisker Tramonto has a longer-looking hood line, a shorter back end, and a more pronounced power dome. The Fisker Tramonto is also without visual bumpers. The grille design of this car was inspired by aircraft designs, such as the sleek F/A-22 Raptor.
When it was time for the interior design, Fisker Coachbuild contacted Distinctive Industries, an American leather expert. Seats and fascia is hand trimmed and hand stitched and consists of soft, durable Italian leather. Technical amenities include Bose Cabin Surround sound system and a COMAND system with DVD navigation. Music lovers can enjoy eight speakers and 5.1-channel Bose Centerpoint signal processing that creates a 360o field of sound.