VL Automotive Destino with Bob Lutz at 2013 Detroit Auto Show
The last we heard, VL’s plans for the V-8-powered Karma were safe, despite Fisker’s ongoing woes. Speaking with Automotive News (subscription required), Bob Lutz has now given an update on VL’s progress and revealed that an additional bodystyle is planned.
2009 Fisker Karma Sunset convertible conceptEnlarge Photo
VL plans to strip the Karma of its extended-range electric drive system and batteries and install a Corvette drivetrain consisting of a V-8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic. Two different engines will be offered to buyers: the new LT1 V-8 from the 2014 Corvette Stingray, good for about 450 horsepower, and the supercharged LSA from the Camaro ZL1, good for upwards of 580 horsepower. VL originally planned to offer the 638-horsepower LS9 from the Corvette ZR1 but previously said it couldn’t find an automatic transmission tough enough to handle it.
Note, VL will also be offering V-8 conversions for existing Karma owners. The cost of conversion will be around $100k.
2013 Fisker SurfEnlarge Photo
Fisker, which hasn’t built a car in 15 months, is yet to declare bankruptcy and is currently seeking a buyer or new investor. A loan made out to the company by the DOE back in 2010 recently went up for auction and is reported to have been bought by an early Fisker investor, Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li. Lutz was rumored to have been part of a rival bidding team though he didn’t wish to comment on the matter.