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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Karma transformed into a Destino convertible

Last year in Detroit, former GM's Vice President, Bob Lutz revealed his latest project is turning a Fisker Karma saloon is powered by a V8 engine's Corvette ZR1 called VL Destino.

VL Automotive, co-founded by Gilbert Villarreal and Bob Lutz. The true automotive enthusiast knows how much he loves the Fisker Karma appearance. He just felt the car has a wrong powertrain.
VL Destino convertible concept rendering image. (Picture from: http://www.motorauthority.com/)
While Fisker is currently disappearing from the automotive world, Lutz and his colleague were preparing to reveal the latest version of VL Destino Convertible at the NAIAS 2014 in Detroit.
VL Destino convertible concept car at the NAIAS 2014 in Detroit. (Picture from: http://green.autoblog.com/)
Few details have been shared about the Destino Convertible, but the design of both the two-door exterior and four-passenger interior seem to be closely related to the sedan and consequently, the Fisker Karma.
Front view of VL Destino convertible concept car. (Picture from: http://green.autoblog.com/)
VL Automotive Destino Red Concept possibly will be powered by two GM-sourced engines: a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 with 450 bhp (335 kW) and a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V8 with 638 hp (476 kW) which will be sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic.
Interior view of VL Destino convertible concept car. (Picture from: http://green.autoblog.com/)
Whereas the cabin, The model has an elegant interior with Katzkin (an automotive leather specialist), leather and red contrast stitching. Partnering with Katzkin, Lutz claimed that "a beautifully designed car like Destino deserve exceptional interior." Lutz was also once a senior adviser of Katzkin. Along with the new interior, the car itself, by drawing sketches were released, appears to be a two-door convertible with a folding hard top.
Rear view of VL Destino convertible concept car. (Picture from: http://green.autoblog.com/)
Co-founder Gilbert Villarreal said "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."
He went on to say "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 fascias, roofs, trunks and hoods." *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | VL AUTOMOTIVE | CARSCOOP]
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