745bhp Dodge Viper engined drop-top has been shown in the week before its launch; it can hit 62mph in under 3sec

The VLF F1 Roadster has been revealed ahead of its Shanghai motor show debut next week.

The drop-top version of the regular Force 1 uses a Dodge Viper-sourced naturally aspirated 8.4-litre V10 engine that sends 745bhp and 638lb ft of torque to the rear wheels. It comes mated to the same six-speed manual gearbox or optional automatic as the coupé (pictured below).

The convertible is claimed to be capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in under 3sec and can reach a top speed of 210mph. It weighs 1450kg.

VLF, a joint partnership between car designer Henrik Fisker (who is best known for designing the BMW Z8), ex-GM boss Bob Lutz and experienced racer Ben Keating, launched its coupé Force 1 last year. That car was priced from $268,500 – which equates to about £215,500 – and the convertible will command a premium over that.

The first Roadster has already been sold, and a further 600 orders for the regular car have already been recieved - the vast majority of which have come from China.

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21 March 2017
I am sure that there is an angle from which the designer of this car thought "that works!" I just cannot stand far enough away. As they say, "he has the looks only a mother could love."

22 March 2017
1stdarkhorse wrote:

I am sure that there is an angle from which the designer of this car thought "that works!" I just cannot stand far enough away. As they say, "he has the looks only a mother could love."

Absolutely, a face fit for radio. That price, laughable

22 March 2017
That is quite humorous.

10 April 2017
0 to 62mph in under 3 seconds? Only with hot and sticky slicks on the back.

14 April 2017
China is seriously scary, the number of people who are just sitting in wait for the next super car that they can splurge their money on. It's the new country of millionaires who have the financing to buy whatever they want, whenever they want!

30 April 2017
You wouldn't look twice,it is not a looker at all,looks like a Jag and that is a backhanded compliment.

Peter Cavellini.

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