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Old 01-15-2013, 10:51 AM   #1
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From Fox News Lifestyle tab and verifed not to be a lie on the GREENCARPAGES web site

Is it destiny for performance car enthusiasts, or a disaster for the green automotive scene?

A surprise debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the four-door Destino is a Fisker Karma that’s been stripped of its extended-range electric drivetrain and fitted with the 638 hp supercharged V8 from a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Read: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ready to strike
Designed by VL Automotive, a Michigan-based collaboration between investor Gilbert Villereal and former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, the Destino aims to bring the high style of the Karma to sports sedan customers more interested in speed than zero emissions driving.
Lutz, the driving force behind the Chevrolet Volt and a member of the board of directors of Via Motors, which makes full-size plug-in hybrid pickup trucks, thinks there’s room in the luxury sports sedan market for the super sexy sedan, which is destined to have a price tag far above that of the $102,000 Karma that its based on.

During testing, VL Automotive has been buying completed Karmas to work with, but Lutz says the company is in talks with Fisker about purchasing “glider” versions of the car, which would have everything but the drivetrain installed, saving both time and money when production of the Destino ramps up later this year.

The development comes at an opportune time for Fisker, which has been unable to build any cars for over half a year due to the extended bankruptcy of its sole battery-pack supplier, A123 Systems. The Karma is assembled for Fisker in Finland by specialty carmaker Valmet Automotive.
It's an interesting turn of events for Fisker, whose founder, Henrik Fisker, got his start as an automaker by building redesigned versions of BMW's and Mercedes-Benz through his first company, Fisker Coachbuild.


Oh the IRONY!!!!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:57 AM   #2
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GM is offerring LSx swaps . . . LOL

But seriously, that's freaking awesome.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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I knew you would like that Nick. And the fact that Lutz is co-partner is just freaking awesome. They threw away all the crappy electric nonsense, and kept the car, which was for the most part beauitful.

When the founder of fiskar was asked how he felt about this...he said with the most extreme amount of arrogance that only he could...

"Fisker believes that it speaks to the appeal of the Karma and its stunning, award-winning design that coachbuilders are wanting to take our cars and modify and customize them. We join many famous brands in automotive history that have been the subject of customization and modification."

-source: greencarreports.com

Even in complete defeat he managed to ooze arrogance.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:03 AM   #4
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Upon further thinking of this, what is going to happen is they are going to build something akin to a modern day American uber luxury Grand Touring machine.

Beauty and speed. Something No other Merican car has done in years, and something I have personally been working on for a long time. There is nothing like a modern day American Made Grand Tourer. Think American Etype and you have my idea in a nutshell.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:19 AM   #5
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:21 AM   #6
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Love it - Fisker is beautiful inside and out - with the LS9 and a manual, I'd seriously consider it for a DD - as long as the price was about the same as the hybrid.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:31 AM   #7
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just for the record, I always thought it was beautiful... dumb, but beautiful.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:06 PM   #8
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I like the idea. It's like what Maserati is to Ferrari. Same guts, less race car appearance.
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These guys are rumored to be one of 3 bidders for Fisker right now.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:30 PM   #10
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We just bought a blue Karma with 400 miles on it. Crazy design on this thing and with a LSx in it... awesome!
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Beauty and speed. Something No other Merican car has done in years,
A lot of folks liked the CTS-v, I personally thought it was ugly but that is a subjective opinion. The Fisker is definitely swoopier and sexier.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:51 AM   #12
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Awesome.
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Half price now, think leftover inventory too. Think Henry Fisker will get prosecuted?
http://jalopnik.com/used-fisker-karm...ium=socialflow
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:43 PM   #14
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for what, being overrated?
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:17 PM   #15
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Upon further thinking of this, what is going to happen is they are going to build something akin to a modern day American uber luxury Grand Touring machine.

Beauty and speed. Something No other Merican car has done in years, and something I have personally been working on for a long time. There is nothing like a modern day American Made Grand Tourer. Think American Etype and you have my idea in a nutshell.
By working on you mean daydreaming? How is this massive four door car anything akin to an E Type?
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:26 PM   #16
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Day dreaming, would be a fair description.



I happen to be fond of mid size to large size GT cars. Long hoods and elegant swoopiness is very nice.

I have developed somewhat of a business model, a cost, a layout, a potential list of vendors, donors, etc.

As you may have guessed, I lack one tiiiiiiiny little thing.

Capitol! HAHAA
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:31 PM   #17
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Capital or Capitol
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:59 PM   #18
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meh I really do not have either to be honest.
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:53 AM   #19
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hmm, GTR driveline under this would be very compelling as well. VERY.
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