Swaps the Fisker Karma's hybrid tech for a supercharged V8 engine.
Originally introduced as a concept during the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the VLF Destino has entered production and one of the first cars was recently delivered to VLF Automotive founding partner Bob Lutz. The former GM product chief joined forces with ex Aston Martin designer Henrik Fisker and businessman Gilbert Villarreal for the Destino which eschews the Fisker Karma’s hybrid setup for a supercharged heart.
It’s a monstrous 6.2-liter V8 sourced from the Corvette ZR-1 which pumps out 638 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 604 pound-feet of torque from 3,800 rpm. Far from displaying the eco-friendly car image associated with the original Karma, the Destino is a 4,300-lbs grand tourer that runs to 60 mph (96 kph) in only 3.9 seconds and cracks the 200 mph (322 kph) barrier.
While the short-lived Fisker Karma was built in Finland, the Destino is being put together in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It carries a rather hefty starting price of $229,000 and compared to the Karma it looks slightly different both inside and out. As you would imagine, Bob Lutz is more than happy with his new prized possession, saying “I’m over the moon with how the car turned out dynamically - steering, brakes and, of course, Corvette ZR-1 power, coupled with the convenience of a paddle-shifter automatic.”
According to VLF Automotive, one of the early adopters is a “well-known music celebrity” and it is believed the person in question is none other than the very talented Carlos Santana.
At the same production facility in Michigan, VLF Automotive will soon commence production of the Force One which shared the spotlight with the Destino in Detroit. Priced at a steep $268,500, it’s a carbon-bodied, Viper-based supercar powered by a tuned version of the naturally-aspirated 8.4-liter V10 engine. With 745 hp and 638 lb-ft on tap, the Force One reaches 60 mph (96 kph) in three seconds and hits 218 mph (350 kph).