Entertainment

Justin Bieber's plug-in birthday gift

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber Bang Showbiz

WHAT 18th birthday present do you get for the person who seemingly has everything - especially when their 16th birthday present was a Lamborghini Gallardo convertible from hip-hop artist P Diddy?

Teenage heart-throb, pop-singer and car enthusiast Justin Bieber has been given a $100,000 electrically-powered limousine by his manager on live television.

The handover was broadcast on the talkshow "Ellen", where Bieber was given the keys to a shiny black example of the Fisker Karma - a car made by a company surrounded in controversy having missed ambitious production deadlines despite government handouts.

The Fisker Karma will look a little out of place with the rest of Bieber's fuel guzzlers.

He has the aforementioned Gallardo, a Range Rover, a Rolls Royce and a matte black Porsche 911 Turbo.

In September last year Bieber had a minor car park bingle with a Honda Civic while he was driving his matte black Ferrari F430.

It is not clear whether Bieber's manager paid for the Karma or if it came free of charge or was heavily discounted.

The company certainly got its money's worth in publicity - at a time when the car maker is under a cloud.

Its other high-profile owner is Ashton Kutcher, whose character Walden Schmidt drives a Karma in Two and a Half Men.

Fisker - named after former Aston Martin and BMW designer Henrik Fisker who heads the company - received generous grants from the US government under an alternative energy scheme.

But so far the vehicle has not met its production deadlines and the company is trying to raise new capital to get production up and running at full capacity.

Similar to the system used in the Chevrolet Volt, the Fisker Karma is primarily driven by an electric motor - but it has a small petrol engine to charge the battery when it goes flat.

Topics:  justin bieber, sports cars



Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Teaching ABCs to refugees

CLASS: Teacher Betty Fleming with English student Lem.

Teaching ABCs to refugees

Temporary Woopi bypass closure up for council debate

Traffic held up on Pacific Highway due to the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade at Sandy beach  Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate

Temporary Woopi bypass closure up for council debate

Latest deals and offers


Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest