The Fisker Karma might be one of the more revolutionary green cars on the market, combining efficiency with full-sized luxury. Most importantly, there’s roughly ten million lb.-ft. of torque from the Karma’s plug-in powertrain to be found. Probably. Still, most sane people can agree that the Fisker is somewhat of a strange car; then, introduce a man known to the world as Bob Lutz. Well, Mr. Lutz and a man named Gilbert Villereal have founded a company called VL Automotive, and they’ve taken the Karma to a new level of insanity.
Their creation, named the “Destino” starts with a standard Fisker Karma. Then fascias are changed in both front and back, along with the exhaust tips, while raising the hood to accommodate a monster underneath — a 6.2-liter and 638 hp supercharged LS9 V8 found in the outgoing Corvette ZR1; GM’s new 6.2 liter 450 hp LT1 V8 is also said to be an option. Leave it to a Lutz-affiliated company to sandwich two Corvette powerplants into this unholy Franken-sedan. In addition, a proper 6-speed manual or a comparable autotragic transmissions are available; and for those who actually care about fuel economy, something just under the Corvette ZR1’s 15/24 official mpg numbers is to be expected for the LS9.
The Destino will be manufactured at VL Automotive’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Pricing is expected to be around $180,000, nearly in the territory of the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Aston Martin Rapide, compared to the $102,000 base price of a virgin Karma. Stay tuned for more info on this luxo-hoon machine.