Luxury

200-MPH VL Destino is Here to Remind Us Why We Love Cars

Being powered by the Corvette ZL1's V8 certainly helps.

Two things about the Fisker Karma: it’s absolutely gorgeous and it’s a shame that it’s a plug-in hybrid. Well, former GM VP of Product Bob Lutz wanted to do something about the latter. After retiring from GM, Lutz (aka Maximum Bob) teamed up with a partner to form VL Automotive, and one of its first tasks was to convert the Karma into something a little more bad ass. The plan was simple: remove the Karma’s four-cylinder engine and the rest of its hybrid system, and drop in a 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V8. Yes, the same V8 that powers the ZL1.

Now, with a total of 630 horsepower, 1,000 lbs. less weight (read: no hybrid battery) and a six-speed automatic gearbox, Lutz is taking the car to market. In a new article he penned for Fortune magazine, Lutz explained why he wanted to do this car: "I’m building a 200-mph luxury car that celebrates everything about the spirit of automobiles that has captivated me since the age of 3." He went on to state that today’s youth often view cars as a "necessary evil…(and that) cars are well on the way to total interconnectivity and will be, basically, self-driving mobile browsers and gaming stations. I probably won’t see it happen in my remaining lifespan, and I don’t regret it."

He’s 82 years old and his goal now is to get the Destino on the road. Fewer than 1,000 cars will be built annually, but VL Automotive as a whole should be profitable. Heck, the Destino will have a top speed of just over 200 mph. Customers will have an unlimited choice of colors and premium leather trim. So here’s to you, Maximum Bob. You’ll always be f*cking awesome.

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