Karmic Dissonance: V-8–Powered, Karma-Based Destino Still on Track for Production Despite Fisker’s Woes
A recent report in Wards Auto confirms what we’d expect from a company helmed by dogged auto-industry veteran Bob Lutz: VL Automotive won’t let Fisker’s financial woes adversely affect its efforts to bring its Karma-based, V-8–powered Destino performance sedan to market. When we spoke to VL earlier this year, we were told that the company had acquired eight gliders (rolling chassis without powertrains) from Fisker, and were in negotiations to purchase more. Lutz has since said the company now is in possession of some 20 gliders, and we’re hearing VL is considering buying Karmas from dealers looking to liquidate inventory and potentially buying components directly from Valmet Automove, who was contracted to build the range-extended electric.
A number of Karma owners have contacted VL about converting their Fiskers into Destinos—check out the story behind the Destino here—for fear the cars, as Lutz so eloquently put it, will become “boat anchors” with Fisker’s future looking mightily bleak. According to Wards, Lutz estimates the price for such a procedure would cost in the neighborhood of $90,000. Factory-fresh Destinos are believed to start around $185,000; VL supposedly has 100 orders and expects to begin deliveries in the fall.
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Wards also reported a change in the production-spec Destino’s powertrain. When the car made its debut in Detroit, it featured an available 638-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 under the hood. That option has been taken off the table, replaced by the 556-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8 found in Cadillac’s CTS-V as the uplevel mill over the base, 450-hp, 6.2-liter LT1 V-8.