A prime example of how you simply can’t buy class, pop-sensation, and Fisker Karma owner, Justin Bieber was recently caught riding around LA in his chromed-out Karma.
Justin Bieber may “Never, say Never,” but we’re going to go out on a limb here and say that you should never, ever, ruin a car like the Biebs has.
While Bieber might be popular with the “tween” crowd, and Digital Trend’s very own Jeffrey Van Camp (secrets out Jeff), celebrity-stalking site TMZ recently captured the Canadian singing-sensation ordering a meal at Chick-fil-A in a blindingly chromed-out Fisker Karma with girlfriend, and actress, Selena Gomez.
Not content with simply mutilating his $100,000+ Karma, and violating the laws of good taste in the process, according to TMZ and California law enforcement officials, Justin has run afoul of state law by slapping some fuscia-colored LEDs under the front grill. In the state of California, the only lights legally allowed to face forward on a vehicle must be amber or white in color, not Justin’s signature purple as seen on his chromed-out Karma.
TMZ also added that state officials pointed out the tint job on the Karma wasn’t exactly kosher either. Apparently, Bieber added too much tinting to the extended-range plug-in hybrid. Meaning, should the pop-star get pulled over, he would no doubt be given a ticket or two.
Surprisingly, though, officials noted the shiny paint-job — which would easily make the Silver Surfer jealous, was not against the law.
We’re not exactly sure what prompted Justin to chrome-out the ever-so-sexy Karma, maybe he decided he wasn’t irritating enough, all we can ask is: “Why Justin? Why?”
Justin Bieber just received a Fisker Karma for his birthday last month and is another in a long list of celebrities to get one. Bieber turned 18 years old on March 1st, and was presented an all-new 2012 Fisker Karma on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Bieber loves cars like any 18-year-old, and said on the show, “That’s for me?! That’s crazy!”
The Christian Science Monitor reported that Bieber was given the car by his manager Scooter Braun on the show who wanted to get Bieber an environmentally friendly car that doesn’t stand out. Braun told the young singer, “Don’t get anything flashy!’ You know, we’re not about that. Be humble, be humble. And I kind of broke my own rule.”
It looks like Bieber is a typical teenager and decided he didn’t like the plain $108,000 Fisker Karma and decided to wrap it in chrome and drive it around on black wheels just to tick his manager off. According to celebrity-stalking site TMZ, Beiber was spotted taking Selena Gomez through the drive-through at Chick-fil-A in the reflective Karma.
It seems that the reflective chrome job isn’t a violation of the law, just a major attention draw that his manager was trying to avoid. But the car has drawn the attention of the LA PD with its row of Fuchsia lights hidden under the front grill, and the blacked out windows are a little too dark for the police to ignore.
Bieber isn’t the first high profile celebrity to stake claim to the 2012 Fisker Karma and he joins a growing list of celebrities to get one. Leonardo DiCaprio was the very first celebrity to receive one back in July 2011. Next in line to get the keys to a Karma were two high profile politicians, former Vice President Al Gore and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Fisker received a big celebrity endorsement in September 2011, when the 2012 Karma appeared on the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. The EV was featured throughout the show’s ninth season. Ashton Kutcher who played Walden Schmidt on the show is another celebrity who has been seen tooling around in a new Karma recently.
So are all these high-profile celebrity Karma owners going to save the EV company? Despite all the celebrity endorsements, Fisker Automotive has faced multiple setbacks. The 2012 Fisker Karma was recalled in December 2011 because of possible fire risks, due to the vehicle’s high-voltage battery.
Additionally, Fisker has lowered their 2012 sales expectations from 15,000 to 10,000 units. Maybe Fisker Automotive is running out of celebrities who can afford the $108,000 price tag and the expensive chrome jobs.
Closing out the week with a drive-thru lunch date, Justin Bieber escorted his lovely singer/actress girlfriend Selena Gomez over to a local Chick-fil-A in Los Angeles, California on Friday afternoon (April 6).
Sending mixed messages, the “Boyfriend” teen sensation looked to be trying to go incognito while hiding behind a black winter hat and big black shades – unfortunately his ride was about as head-turning as it could possibly be.
As for what he was driving, Bieber happened to be behind the wheel of a blindingly shiny chrome Fisker Karma – as the electric luxury vehicle was doted to him as a birthday present during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.
Meanwhile, once handed their chicken meals and shakes, the young Hollywood power couple proceeded to speed off to the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood.
And while he’s certainly enjoying time with his lady, Justin is itching to get back to seeing his millions of worldwide fans, as he tweeted later in the evening, “Miss traveling. miss promo. miss tour. miss seeing all of you AROUND THE WORLD! Im will be there soon. #BELIEVE”
Enjoy the pictures of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez cruising through Chick-fil-A in Los Angeles, California (April 6).