We'll get to see Henrik Fisker's carbon-fiber take on the Mustang at the upcoming North American International Auto Show.
Update: Spokespeople from VLF Automotive got back to us about some questions regarding the Rocket V8. The company says the model will have a starting price around $120,000, including the base Mustang. Deliveries will begin in the spring. Buyers will get a six-speed manual as standard, and an automatic gearbox will be an option.
You might remember the Galpin Rocket as designer Henrik Fisker’s modern ode to vintage Ford Mustangs at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The carbon-fiber muscle car now makes a return in full production guise at this year’s North American International Auto Show, but it has a new name as the VLF Rocket V8.
Rather than Galpin Auto Sports like the original show car, VLF Automotive will now handle the production duties. Galpin Motors will still sell the muscle car.
VLF gives the Rocket and engine befitting its name by installing a supercharged V8 with 725 horsepower (541 kilowatts). The standard Monotube coilovers feature adjustable rebound. Buyers can spec optional Brembo brakes for better stopping power, too.
The shape remains true to the Galpin Rocket’s original design, too. The Mustang-based vehicle has a new body that’s completely carbon fiber. A long, vented hood and wide fenders lead to an overhauled nose where Fisker adds a massive intake, which a narrow piece of metal splits in half. At the rear, broad fenders flow into an integrated trunk lip spoiler. Pirelli performance tires wrap around the standard 21-inch wheels. An optional exposed carbon fiber package shows the material off on the hood stripes and mirror covers.
Inside, an optional full leather interior package VLF covers the Recaro seats, center console, and door panels in Italian leather with contrasting stitching, plus suede-upholstered pillars. Carbon fiber trims the dashboard and gearshift.
Buyers will be able to get a coupe like the original Rocket at the LA Auto Show or a convertible like the Rocket Speedster from the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. VLF Automotive isn’t publicly disclosing pricing for them yet, but the company is taking orders from interested (presumably quite wealthy) buyers.
Source: VLF Automotive
VLF Automotive Rocket V8
GALPIN ANNOUNCES ROCKET PRODUCTION THROUGH VLF AUTOMOTIVE
Completely Retooled High-Performance Super Mustang Now Called
“VLF Rocket V8” to be on Display at 2017 Detroit Auto Show January 8-22
NORTH HILLS, CA (Jan. 5, 2017) – Galpin Motors, the internationally known leader in automobile retailing and home of famous custom shop, Galpin Auto Sports (GAS), announced today that the VLF Rocket V8, formerly known as the Galpin Rocket, is officially in production and will be produced through VLF Automotive. The Ford Mustang-based car will make an appearance at the Detroit Auto Show, January 8-22, 2017, in the VLF Automotive booth.
The VLF Rocket V8, designed by Henrik Fisker, made its world debut at the 2014 LA Auto Show and was immediately greeted with worldwide acclaim. Since then, the team at Galpin has been fine tuning the project and working to find a partner capable of handling the rapid international customer demand. With Henrik Fisker as a partner at VLF, the company became a natural fit, as they could achieve fast volumes of limited production.
VLF Automotive, an American luxury sports car company, was founded by former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, entrepreneur and manufacturer Gilbert Villarreal and legendary automotive designer Henrik Fisker. VLF Automotive boasts a state-of-the-art development and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan and a design and technology center in Los Angeles. With Lutz as chairman, Villarreal as CEO and Henrik Fisker as head of design and product strategy, the VLF team represents more than 100 years of experience at the top-tier of the automotive industry.
“With Henrik as a partner at VLF and their extensive track record of success, there was no question that they would be the best fit. We look forward to a great relationship with VLF and to seeing these beautiful cars on the road soon,” said Beau Boeckmann, President of Galpin Motors.
The Rocket is an extremely powerful and refined vehicle. Its lines emanate from the front, through the hood, over a set of sculptured flared fenders and converge on its integrated rear spoiler. The Rocket’s handmade, coach built carbon-fiber body features a front splitter that works simultaneously with the rear spoiler, enlarged rear diffuser and carbon fiber aero skirts to provide high-speed downforce. The 725 hp supercharged V8 sits on 21 inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli extreme performance tires.
The VLF Rocket V8 features an integral link independent rear suspension and double ball joint front suspension with Monotube true rebound-adjustable coil-overs front and rear for superior ride control and handling. It has a power 4-wheel anti-lock brake system with traction control.
The Rocket’s Exposed Carbon Fiber Package includes exposed carbon fiber hood stripes and mirror covers. Other options include Brembo brakes, custom paint and a Full Leather Interior Package with hand-finished Italian leather seats, center console, door panels and rear interior deck panel, as well as suede-lined A, B and C pillars.
The VLF Rocket V8 is available in coupe and convertible. Its performance will match its beauty.
Interest in the Rocket has remained high since its initial unveiling. Amazon’s “The Grand Tour” even featured the prototype as the lead vehicle in the show’s amazing premiere episode last fall!
The VLF Rocket can be purchased through Galpin Motors by contacting Steve McCord at email@example.com or at (877)-GO-GAS-GO. For more information, please visit http://galpinautosports.com/ or http://www.vlfautomotive.com/.
About Galpin Motors
Galpin Motors, home to the world’s largest volume Ford dealership for the 27th consecutive year, was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. Galpin is comprised of a family of quality automobile brands that include Ford, Lincoln, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Volkswagen, Volvo, Kia, Jaguar, Spyker, Lotus and Aston Martin. For additional information on Galpin Motors and Galpin Auto Sports, contact Marketing Manager Jeff Skobin at 818-778-2255 / firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the dealer at 15505 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills, Calif. 91343, like on Facebook at Facebook.com/GalpinMotors or visit www.galpin.com.
About Galpin Auto Sports
Galpin Auto Sports, located at 15600 Roscoe Blvd. in Van Nuys offers customizing and personalizing services on all new and preowned vehicles including collector and classic cars. For more information on Galpin Auto Sports’ unique products and services, please contact GAS Operations Manager, Steve McCord (email@example.com), at (877)-GO-GAS-GO or visit the website at www.galpinautosports.com.
About VLF Automotive
VLF Automotive, an American luxury sports car company is founded by former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, entrepreneur and manufacturer Gilbert Villarreal and legendary automotive designer Henrik Fisker. VLF Automotive boasts a state-of-the-art development and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills and a design and technology center in Los Angeles. With Lutz as chairman, Villarreal as CEO and Fisker as head of design and product strategy, VLF team represents more than 100 years of experience at the top-tier of the automotive industry and have been instrumental in such iconic cars as Aston Martins, BMWs, Vipers and Corvettes. For more information, please visit http://www.vlfautomotive.com/.
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