A convertible version of the VL Destino, a Fisker Karma-based model with a supercharged V8, has premiered in Detroit
14 January 2014

A hard-top convertible version of the Fisker Karma-based VL Destino has been unveiled at the Detroit motor show, despite the unknown fate of Fisker Automotive.

The two door variant of the Destino saloon unveiled at last year's show shuns the Fisker Karma's range-extended powertrain for a choice of Corvette-sourced LT1 or LS9 V8 engines mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The car is understood to cost around £120,000, twice that of the standard car.

The firm was founded by ex-GM boss Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villarreal. Villarreal said: "We had hoped to be in retail production by now, but a five-month interruption was caused by the reorganisation and restructuring of Fisker Automotive which is a major supplier of some structural components and some body panels.

"Pending resolution of the bankruptcy proceedings, we will continue to negotiate for those parts in tandem with development of VL Automotive's own fabricating operations which make front and rear facias, roofs, trunks and hoods."

Lutz said the Destino had been well received and revealed that the firm is preparing a conversion package for existing Karma owners.

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Despite a planned sale to the Chinese Wanxiang Group, a firm which Fisker claims was partly responsible for its bankruptcy, Fisker's investors are currently seeking a new buyer.

Last year, Lutz said that range-extender technology was “wasted” on smaller vehicles, despite championing the Chevrolet Volt during his time at GM. 

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