Hybrid? What hybrid?

VL puts Destino on the market

Published: October 21, 2013, 3:15 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:56 PM

Destino threequarter front

VL Automotive announced it will start selling its Fisker Karma-based, V8-powered Destino next year for about $200,000. You'll note some styling changes from the Fisker, but what hasn't changed is its basic disregard for the environmentally friendly Fisker philosophy. Ah well, we prefer power to ozone anyway. (Kidding! Sort of.)

In collaboration with former vice-chairman and all-around car guy Bob Lutz, the Destino is the brainchild of industrialist Gilbert Villarreal, who decided he could solve all Fisker Karma's battery problems by putting a Corvette V8 under the hood. Villarreal and Lutz became friends over their shared interest in flying, and had previously partnered in a watch-making venture. Lutz used his connections to get Mr. Fisker to hand over 20 Karma gliders (cars without powertrains) for Villarreal to modify, with the caveat that they not look like the EV Karma.

The 638-hp ZR1 engine-equipped Destino made its debut in Detroit last January, featuring a front fascia drawn by Lutz. "People say it looks like a Maserati, and I say, 'And your point is?'" said the inimitable Maximum Bob at its debut.

The Destino will be produced at VL's (for Villarreal and Lutz) Michigan HQ and delivered through a distribution network still in development.