VLF Destino

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VLF Destino
Overview
ManufacturerVLF Automotive
Also calledVL Destino
WM Destino
Production2016
AssemblyAuburn Hills, Michigan
DesignerHenrik Fisker
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size luxury car
Body style4-door sedan
Layoutfront mid-engine, rear wheel drive
RelatedFisker Karma
Karma Revero
Powertrain
Engine6.2 L GM LS9 V8 supercharged
Transmission6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,159.8 mm (124.4 in)
Length5,151.1 mm (202.8 in)
Width2,133.6 mm (84 in)
Height1,331.0 mm (52.4 in)
Curb weight1,905 kg (4,200 lb)

The VLF Destino is a proposed automobile from American car company VLF Automotive. The Destino is a large four-door sedan and was first shown to the public at the North American International Auto Show in January 2013 as the VL Destino, and subsequently the WM Destino, before being named VLF Destino in January 2016. Sales were expected to commence in 2014, but sales of the Destino are expected to commence in 2016.

History[edit]

The Destino is based on the Fisker Karma which ceased production in 2012. VL had obtained twenty Karma "gliders" from Fisker Automotive, and reported 100 orders by May 2013.[1] Sales of the Destino were originally scheduled to commence in the second half of 2013, but the start was pushed back to 2014,[2] due to the ongoing restructuring of Fisker.[3]

The Destino retains the Karma interior[4] and most exterior panels, but removes the Karma's electric motor and battery system, and installs a General Motors LS9 6.2-litre V-8 gasoline engine producing 638 hp (476 kW; 647 PS) and 604 lbf·ft (819 N·m) of torque fitted with a 6-speed automatic transmission.[5][6] The main alterations to the exterior are to the front grille design and rear bumper and trunk lid.

In May 2014 VL merged with WM GreenTech Automotive, and resulted in the car being renamed WM Destino by its new owners.[7]

In January 2016, the car was renamed as the VLF Destino V8, to mark the creation of the new company VLF Automotive.[8]

It is planned that the cars will be built in Auburn Hills in Michigan.[9]

The manufacturer proposes sale price of US$200,000.[10]

Technical[edit]

Unlike the discontinued electric Fisker Karma, the Destino is powered by a traditional gasoline engine from GM manufactured to power Chevrolets and Cadillacs. The 6.2-litre (6162 cc) V8 supercharged LS9 engine is front mid-mounted and powers the rear wheels. Producing 638 hp at 6,500 rpm and torque of 604 lb-ft (819 Nm) at 3,800 rpm, the Destino is claimed to accelerate 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 200 mph.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, David (3 May 2013). "Fisker Woes Won't Dash Destino Plans". Wards Auto. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  2. ^ Atiyeh, Clifford (20 February 2014). "Never Bet Against Bob Lutz: VL Destino a Go Under Fisker's New Chinese Owner". Car and Driver. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Detroit reveal for VL Destino convertible". Autocar. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  4. ^ Neil, Dan (18 January 2013). "The Detroit Show, and the Only Car That Matters". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  5. ^ http://www.businessinsider.com/bob-lutz-vl-automotive-fisker-karma-corvette-engine-2013-10
  6. ^ Lavrinc, Damon (14 January 2013). "Fisker Karma Gets a 638-HP Corvette Heart Transplant". Wired. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  7. ^ Blanco, Sebastian (6 May 2014). "Destino's VL Automotive merges with GreenTech Automotive". Green Autoblog. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Luxury Car Company VLF Automotive Launches". Wall Street Journal. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  9. ^ Nunez, Alex (14 January 2013). "Destino: Bob Lutz's Corvette-powered Fisker Karma". Road & Track. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  10. ^ Johnson, Davey (18 November 2014). "Bob Lutz Says His Fisker-Based Destino Will Cost $200K, Go 200 mph". Car and Driver. Retrieved 26 January 2015.

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