Lutz’s delicious Destino delivered
The hotly anticipated VLF Destino is being delivered to customers at last. One of its first stops: VLF founding partner and legendary octogenarian motorhead Bob Lutz.
Billed as one of the world’s fastest four-door sedans, the 200-mph Destino is the gorgeous offspring of the marriage of a Fisker Karma chassis and supercharged Corvette ZL1 V-8 engine. Stripped of its original hybrid powertrain, the low-slung, leather-lined four-door is now stuffed with a 6.2-liter, 638-horsepower V-8 hammer under its long front hood that will rocket the 4,300-pound GT from 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds.
The Destino — first seen as a concept at the 2013 Detroit auto show — is the opening product of a partnership between ex-General Motors product chief Lutz, former Aston Martin designer Henrik Fisker and entrepreneur Gilbert Villarreal. While the original Karma chassis was produced in Finland, the Destino is assembled in Auburn Hills.
“I’m over the moon with how the car turned out dynamically — steering, brakes and, of course, Corvette ZR-1 power, coupled with the convenience of a paddle-shifter automatic,” 84-year old “Maximum Bob” said of his new ride. “I’m really happy with color and trim, as well as the spectacular proportions.”
Lutz’s Destino joins his stable of cars, which includes such rarities as a 1971 Monteverdi and a 1952 Cunningham C4-R.
VLF says other customers for the Destino include a “well-known music celebrity” rumored to be Carlos Santana. The Destino carries a sticker price of $229,000, with production planned to be only a few dozen per year. VLF also is tooling its Auburn Hills shop for the ferocious VLF Force One that rocked this year’s Detroit auto show.
Also with a skin designed by Fisker, the Force One is based on a 745-horsepower Dodge Viper skeleton.
Henry Payne is The News’ auto critic.