If you liked the look of the Fisker Karma but weren't sold on the hybrid drivetrain, the VLF Destino is your kind of car. VLF was founded by Bob Lutz to sell Fisker Karmas with V8 engines sourced from the Corvette. It's a ridiculous idea, and yet it's also actually happening. The first Karma-based VLF Destino just rolled off the line.
VLF produced its first vehicle and that it went to none other than company founder Bob Lutz. Three years after he announced his plan to build the Destino, he finally has his car.
The hybrid powertrain is gone, and in its place is a 6.2-liter LS9 V8 from the Corvette ZR1 making 638 horsepower. That's reportedly enough power to get the 4300-lb. Destino to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, a full two seconds quicker than the Karma we first tested.
"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," said the 84-year-old Lutz. "I'm really happy with color and trim, as well as the spectacular proportions."
As you can tell, he's quite happy with the car his company built. We're just hoping he'll be kind enough to bring it by the R&T office so we can take it for a spin.