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VL Automotive, the company that sought to fit Fisker Karmas with the LS9 V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at last year's Detroit Auto Show, is back in 2014 with a new wild idea: a V8-powered Fisker Karma convertible. Those with long memories will recall that Fisker itself showed a hardtop Karma convertible in 2009, but the VL Destino variant does feature some slight differences.

Called the Destino Red Concept, it sports a different front fascia than the 2009 Fisker. When the Red Concept sees production, it'll be with either a LT1 V8 or an LS9 V8, courtesy of Chevrolet, under the hood. Power will be sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic, while the cabin can be had in a number of colors and trims courtesy of Katzkin.

Today's debut was also an opportunity for VL Destino to talk about its progress in bringing a V8 Karma to production. "We had hoped to be in retail production by now, but a five-month interruption was caused by the reorganization and restructuring of Fisker Automotive, which is a major supplier of some structural components and some body panels," said co-founder Gilbert Villarreal. "Pending resolution of the bankruptcy proceedings, we will continue to negotiate for those parts in tandem with development of VL Automotive's own fabricating operations which make front and rear facias, roofs, trunks and hoods."

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VL Automotive Introduces Destino Concept at Detroit Auto Show

DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- VL Automotive of Auburn Hills, Michigan, held the world premiere of its Destino two-door hard top convertible touring coupe Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show today. The Destino Red concept, based on the Fisker Karma chassis and re-designed by former General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz, now joins the Destino sedan he and VL Automotive co-founder Gilbert Villarreal introduced last year.

The Destino is powered by a Chevrolet Corvette LT1 or LS9 V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Bespoke color choices and interiors by Katzkin complement the world-class mechanicals to deliver on the promise of a unique and elegant road machine.

"We had hoped to be in retail production by now, but a five-month interruption was caused by the reorganization and restructuring of Fisker Automotive which is a major supplier of some structural components and some body panels," Villarreal explained. "Pending resolution of the bankruptcy proceedings, we will continue to negotiate for those parts in tandem with development of VL Automotive's own fabricating operations which make front and rear facias, roofs, trunks and hoods."

Lutz said international reaction to Destino has been all he could have imagined. "We have received hundreds of inquiries and orders from customers and dealers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia," said Lutz. "We have also been pleasantly surprised by the number of Fisker owners inquiring about conversions. Gilbert and I are preparing for that work, too."


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      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      The UPS guy could leave a package for you wedged into about half of the panel gaps on that thing.
      rboote
      • 1 Year Ago
      They totally ruined the front end. The Karma has a really unique look and this replaces it with... A rectangle. Stupid.
      taser it
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering that VL has orders for at least 100 Destinos (non-convertible) and in light of the Fisker Bankruptcy, the "Vaporware" designation for VL's concept convertible appears premature. Please tell me that the editor, and not the author, came up with this article title.
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can appreciate Bob's desire not to let a good design go to waste. But by the time this thing makes it to sale, it will already be old, dated and the wealthy would-be buyers will have bought the next new thing from Maserati or Mercedes Benz.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe Fisker should try again, but get the batteries from Tesla and stick to extended range EV's. That might be cool.
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Jag convertible mated with the Karma
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      this car even when (new) and accompanied by everyone complements and critics "sexy" praise did NOTHING for me. Ive never liked the karma at all. it does nothing for me at all.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ROLO
        Come on, everybody loves the mustanche (rolls eyes).
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let Fisker die. Build this ASAP.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        They're dependent on Fisker for body panels and other parts.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          You really need to read the articles more closely. "We had hoped to be in retail production by now, but a five-month interruption was caused by the reorganization and restructuring of Fisker Automotive, which is a major supplier of some structural components and some body panels," said co-founder Gilbert Villarreal. If they could buy them from someone else, they wouldn't have waited five months. " Im doubtful Fisker owns much of the IP anymore. " Of course they do.
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Im sure someone else does that for them. 'Some structural components and some body panels' does not seem like a show stopper. Find who makes them and send a check. Im doubtful Fisker owns much of the IP anymore. All it takes is writing the checks to the right people.
      Rukh
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is with that panel gap on the trunk?
        SteveG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rukh
        The panel gaps all over look horrid, like something you see on a some kid's riced civic.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rukh
        The trunk must be open. All the other panels are tight.
          Ryan Andrew Martin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          I agree with Bernard. Slightly questionable around the headlights but only just barely. The rest looks tight.
        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rukh
        Seems like precision was an afterthought, makes you wonder how it is under the hood...
      Robbie
      • 1 Year Ago
      F-Type much?
      mawhalen53
      • 1 Year Ago
      Probably could have tightened up that decklid gap a bit.
      wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      look im bored of this car and it has not even been released yet , its looks too much like the Maserati anyway
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