One of the more exciting and unexpected concepts at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show is a sublime mix of luxury sedan and raw V8 power. The recipe calls for a Fisker Karma shell, slightly altered with the help of new front and rear bumpers, and a comprehensive drivetrain swap which sees the hybrid innards of the Karma tossed on the proverbial garbage pile and replaced with a GM sourced 6.2 litre V8.
The Destino was the result of a collaboration between GM’s retired charismatic chairman Bob Lutz, and industrialist Gilbert Villereal. VL Automotive are already in the process of testing a number of prototypes ahead of the production debut later this year.
The standard cars will be fitted with a 6.2 litre LT-1 direct injection V8 rated at 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. However for those wanting even more performance VL Automotive will kindly drop in a supercharged 6.2 litre LS9 V8 which produces 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices include a 4-speed auto or a 6-speed manual.
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