The long-awaited VLF Destino is finally seeing first deliveries to owners – with one of them being Bob Lutz.
Along with being a champion of the Chevy Volt while formerly serving as General Motors’ vice chair, Lutz has been a founding partner of VLF Automotive. The Destino has come out of a partnership between Lutz, designer Henrik Fisker, and entrepreneur Gilbert Villarreal. It’s built on a Fisker Karma chassis and is powered by a supercharged Corvette ZL1 V-8 engine.
The Karma’s plug-in hybrid power train has been taken out. It’s been replaced by a 6.2-liter, 638-horsepower V-8 engine. It offers the sleek, sporty look of the Karma with the high performance of an engine that can propel the 4,300-pound GT from 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds.
“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,” Lutz said. “I’m really happy with color and trim, as well as the spectacular proportions.”
The Destino was first displayed as a concept at the 2013 Detroit auto show, and it’s made in America. While the original Karma chassis was produced in Finland, the Destino is assembled in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Lutz, author of the book Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business, is known for being even more enthralled by high-performance cars than on plug-in electric vehicles. Along with being part of the design teams for several cars over the years, Lutz has his own collection. Lutz’s Destino joins his stable of collector cars, which includes such rarities as a 1971 Monteverdi and a 1952 Cunningham C4-R.
The Destino, with its sticker price of $229,000, is only being built for a small audience. For now, production has been planned to be only a few dozen per year.
VLF also is tooling its Auburn Hills shop for the VLF Force One that turned heads at this year’s Detroit auto show. Also with exterior styling designed by Fisker, the Force One is based on a 745-horsepower Dodge Viper skeleton.