What do you get when you mix the Fisker Karma with the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1? The Destino. Built by VL Automotive with input from former GM bigwig Bob Lutz, the custom V-8-powered four-door was designed to look like a Karma and perform like a ZR1.
First shown at this week’s 2013 Detroit auto show, the Destino features slightly different styling modifications to set it apart from the always-grinning Karma. The Destino sits atop a 124.4-inch wheelbase and is 202.8 inches long. After reengineering the chassis, VL Automotive was able to rip out the Karma’s range-extended electric drivetrain in favor of the ZR1’s earth-shaking 638-hp, 604-lb-ft supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V-8. That power is sent to the wheels via a manual or automatic transmission, though specifics have not been revealed.
Normally, the Karma is powered by a GM-sourced, turbocharged 260-hp 2.0-liter Ecotec four-cylinder, which supplies juice to the two electric motors driving the rear wheels. Electricity is stored in a 20-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and the Karma can travel under electric power for an estimated average of 32 miles, at which point the I-4 gas engine kicks in and extends range by another 250 miles.
The Destino is said to compete with the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide, and will be delivered on a first-come, first-served basis. Prototypes are being tested, and the Destino is scheduled to go on sale later this year.
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Source: VL Automotive