Bob Lutz Unveils Fisker Karma-Based Destino at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

2013 Detroit Auto Show


  • VL Automotive Destino Picture

    VL Automotive Destino Picture

    The VL Automotive Destino debuted as the 2013 Detroit Auto Show opened its doors to the media. | January 14, 2013

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2013 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Bob Lutz stunned the 2013 Detroit Auto Show on Monday with the VL Automotive Destino, a Fisker Karma that has been fitted with the 638-horsepower V8 engine from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
  • VL Automotive said the Destino will be available later on a "first-come, first-served basis."
  • Pricing was not announced.

DETROIT — Bob Lutz stunned the 2013 Detroit Auto Show on Monday with the VL Automotive Destino, a Fisker Karma that has been fitted with the 638-horsepower V8 engine from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

VL Automotive said the Destino will be available later on a "first-come, first-served basis." Lutz, the former GM executive who has been described as the ultimate car guy, developed the car with industrialist Gilbert Villereal.

The car will be fitted with either a four-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The Destino will be built in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Pricing was not announced. It is set to go on sale in the second half of 2013. The company said that prototypes are now in testing.

The VL Automotive statement did not refer to the Fisker Karma by name, but said the Destino was "based on an award-winning design by Henrik Fisker."

"We have made styling modifications to differentiate our design and re-engineered the chassis to accommodate the 638-hp ZR1's handcrafted LS9 engine with either a manual or automatic transmission," VL Automotive said. "The result is truly an American designed, engineered and manufactured four-door performance car that rivals such models as the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide."

Fisker Automotive did not respond immediately to a request for a comment about the Destino, which yanks out the Karma's plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Edmunds says: The Destino raises more questions than it answers. Does Lutz, the champion of the Chevrolet Volt, think that green is out? Will stuffing a V8 under the hood save the embattled Fisker Karma?

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