Bob Lutz, former GM vice-chairman, and Henrik Fisker, the designer of BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9, have announced they will partner up to create a new American carmaker.
The new automaker, called VLF Automotive, is actually a revival of an old company named VL Automotive, started by Bob Lutz in 2012 with another partner, Gilbert Villarreal, former Boeing executive. VL Automotive made some impression with its only creation, Destino, at the Detroit Auto Show in 2013, but the buzz was extremely short-lived. Despite its merge with GreenTech Automotive in 2014 and the promise to create electric city cars and plug-in muscle vehicles, none of these projects ever saw the light of day.
Now, all signs point out to the fact that VLF Automotive is designed in such a way as to make use of what its three founders know best: Fisker’s innovative designs, Villarreal’s manufacturing know-how and Lutz’s financial expertise, in order to generate a true American supercar. Fisker himself declared that the company “seeks to change the future of the American auto industry.” VLF Automotive’s design office is located in Los Angeles and its manufacturing plant in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with plans to open seven dedicated dealerships in US and Canada by the end of 2016.
According to a statement released by VLF Automotive before the 2016 North American International Auto Show, the company has put together a new version of the Destino, which makes use of the drivetrain from Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and is equipped with a Corvette V8 engine and a customized four-door design. The 638-horsepower Destino is supposed to reach 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 200 mph. The starting price per unit will be $229,000, with a company target of 100 Destinos in the next twelve months. The new Destino will be unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Car Show.