Remember the Fisker Karma? That was the lithe plug-in hybrid that disappeared almost as quickly as it appeared. Fewer than 3,000 were built before the company filed for bankruptcy, but the car has been revived by Bob Lutz and industrialist Gilbert Villarreal as the VL Destino.
What Bob did was give the Karma a facelift and dropped in the Corvette ZR1’s supercharged LS9 motor backed by a 6-speed transmission, giving the Destino a 200-mph top speed. But the real attraction to the Destino is that it is a completely fulfilled car − one part sporty sedan matched with the kind of power that it should have had all along.
Built in Auburn Hills, Michigan − right in the backyard of Lutz’s old Chrysler digs − this quasi-four-door Corvette may become the world’s fastest four-door sedan when it finally reaches full production. With 638 horses, this certainly has a good chance of becoming true.