Bob Lutz backed sports car maker will introduce horsepower to the Fisker Karma

It’s official: VL Automotive will be putting the Karma-based Destino into production.

Shown at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the Destino does away with the hybrid drivetrain of the Karma and gives the sleek and slender body the V8 engine it deserves.

After a dispute with an Asian investor that held back the project, everything has been settled and VL has acquired 25 Fisker Karmas for an initial production run. Customers will have the choice of two Corvette engines – a normally-aspirated LT1 6.2L V8 engine or the fire-breathing supercharged V8 from the ZR1, good for 638 hp – when the car is officially released toward the middle of next year.

A VL Destino is expected to weigh 453 kg (999 lbs) less than a Fisker Karma. A complete car will cost about $200,000 or, if you currently own a Karma, VL will convert one for around $100,000.

The company also plans to bring a sedan and one other body style to the Detroit Auto Show in January.

[Source: Automotive News via CarAdvice]

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