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Ever see that old episode of Star Trek where Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise pops into the anti-matter dimension, where everything looks pretty much the same (except most people have beards) but beneath the surface, everything’s the opposite? Well, the VL Automotive Destino is the anti-matter version of the Fisker Karma. It looks pretty much the same, but it’s the reverse of its twin under the skin.
See, where the Fisker Karma is designed to be eco-friendly and pairs a small GM-sourced gasoline engine with batteries and electric motors for hybrid running, the VL Automotive Destino yanks all that out and sticks in the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s supercharged V8. That means the Destino packs 638 horsepower of V8 grunt tied to either an automatic or a manual (yup!) transmission. It’s kinda amazing.
The Destino is still undergoing testing, but if it passes all the trials and gets certified, it should go on sale later this year for about 180 stacks. If you have the means, we highly recommend picking one up. [Shout-out to VL Automotive!]
“Destino” Premiers at the 2013 North American International Auto Show
DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Destino made its world premier today at the North American International Auto show as the newest four-door performance car in the world market of exclusive automobiles. Based on an award-winning design by Henrik Fisker and powered by the internationally applauded Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 powertrain, Destino is the result of collaboration by industrialist Gilbert Villereal and former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz .
“The goal in designing and engineering this automobile is to provide true motoring enthusiasts with an exquisite work of automotive art that performs at a world-class level. Attention to detail is a paramount concern, as is reliability and ease of maintenance,” according to Lutz. “We have made styling modifications to differentiate our design and reengineered the chassis to accommodate the 638bhp ZR1’s handcrafted LS9 engine with either a manual or automatic transmission. The result is truly an American designed, engineered and manufactured four-door performance car that rivals such models as the Porsche Panamera and Aston-Martin-Lagonda Rapide.
“We are developing our distribution network now and will deliver Destino on a first-come, first-served basis. Customers will have the option of customizing the exterior color and interior trim,” Lutz said.
Destino has an overall length of 202.8 inches and a 124.4 inch wheelbase. Overall height is 52.4 inches.
Destino will be manufactured in Auburn Hills, Michigan under the auspices of VL Productions. Destino is scheduled for retail sales in the second half of 2013 following certification and validation. Prototypes are currently in testing.
Additional information, specifications and photos are available at www.VL-Automotive.com.