Lutz saw a market of people interested in the looks of the $100,000 Karma, but not interested in the hybrid electric powertrain it came with. The simple solution, of course, is to buy up Karma bodies and chassis, give buyers a choice of two Corvette engines (the all-new 6.2-liter LT1 with 450 horsepower, or the maddening 638-horse supercharged LS9 from the ZR-1), change the name of the car, re-engineer some bits and pieces and slap a $180,000 price tag on the hood.
The Destino will be built at VL Automotive’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and will be delivered through a still-in-development distribution network starting this summer.
I said long ago that car was begging for a V8, and manual trans (who knows if they'll do that). It always was a great looking car, but the hybrid aspect of it was a complete turn off. Seen a couple down here parked along Las Olas/Ft Laudy area, sharp sharp looking car that stands out vs other sedans.
It's funny, a friend and I were talking about how someone should take a Fisker and do something awesome with the powertrain, and it looks like we weren't the only ones thinking that. I wonder what they will run.
Should be a lot lighter too... think it weighs 4500lbs or something like that mainly b/c of the hybrid/battery system. But yeh don't know why price jumped towards 200k, if anything should be cheaper or at least same price considering the cost of the hybrid system... doubt the car needs major reengineering to do this or else they pry wouldn't bother since demand would be so low at that price and people would still be bothered in this range that it has a "Vette/GM engine".
Price it 100k or less, ZR1 engine, fuck LS7 for all I care, manual trans... they wouldn't be able to build them fast enough, and bet it would kill Benz/Audi/BMW in performance considering how much lighter it would be w/o the hybrid system.
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