When we think of VL Automotive, we are referring to a close collaboration that the company is having with the Fisker. The first product of the company, the Destino, is a conversion between the Karma and the Destino Red Concept, which was unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show for the first time.
The car is actually the same hardtop convertible Karma that Fisker was showing in 2009. So it was quite a surprise to see Bob Lutz, the half-owner of the VL Automotive, ready to convert the new electric vehicle, which is the Tesla Model S, into a gas-powered vehicle. Or not?
So what are Lutz`s intentions with the Tesla model? Is he trying to convince the Model S owners to buy the Destino?
There is no doubt that, according to Lutz, the VL Automotive succeeded in selling nine Destino conversions so far. The cars cost $200,000 each, with a previous estimate of $180,000 and too high for the previous $116,000 price for the original Karma.
For this kind of money, we are talking about a 6.2-liter V8 engine from the Chevrolet Corvette, putting a massive 636 horsepower and out-running the Karma with its 135-mile-per-hour top speed.