The VLF Destino might not ring a bell but seeing the picture of the model will make you remember that failed eco-startup that came up with a hybrid some years back and managed to become bankrupt in an instant.
We’re talking of course about the Fisker Karma – a Tesla-like attempt at building an eco-friendly vehicle for the affluent buyers – a company that is now being resurrected by its new Chinese owners. But that’s a different story. Now, early this year during the Detroit Auto Show we talked about the VLF Destino, a rebuild of the Karma that actually takes out the issue-plagued eco powertrain and swaps it for something much more American – a supercharged V8 engine. The VLF Destino first appeared as a concept during the 2013 edition of the NAIAS and this year we finally saw the production version. Now the Destino has also entered production and the first example has been proudly delivered by VLF to VLF Automotive founding partner Bob Lutz.
This is kind of like selling salad to the gardener, but then again, Lutz is not your average “worker”. He, alongside ex Aston Martin designer Henrik Fisker and businessman Gilbert Villarreal joined forces for the Destino and decided to go for the classic, muscle performance. We are talking about the spectacular 6.2-liter V8 found inside the Corvette ZR-1, capable of 638 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 604 pound-feet of torque from 3,800 rpm. This grand tourer tips the scales at 4,300-lbs and is capable of doing the 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint in just 3.9 seconds, with a 200 mph (322 km/h) top speed.