VL has announced the the Destino will enter production regardless of whether or not Fisker collapses.
VL recently introduced their Destino at the North American International Auto Show, but we haven't heard much about the company since Fisker started inching closer to bankruptcy.
That ends today as Gilbert Villarreal has told Wards Auto that his company has already obtained 20 Karma “gliders” - that lack batteries and an electric powertrain - and could buy additional Karmas from dealerships who might liquidate their inventory. Even if Fisker does collapse, the company could work with Fisker's suppliers to keep the Destino in production.
Company partner Bob Lutz also revealed that several hundred Karma owners have approached the company about converting their vehicle into a Destino because they're worried about Fisker's viability. Lutz when on to say the conversion could cost $85,000 to $90,000.
Lutz also confirmed the Destino will use the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine from the Cadillac CTS-V instead of the previously announced supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V8 engine from the Corvette ZR1. As Lutz explained, "Most people want automatics in these types of cars and we didn’t have a suitable six-speed [automatic] for the ZR1 engine." As a result, the cars will have 556 bhp (415 kW) which is 82 bhp (61 kW) less than originally promised.