Fisker Karmas Refitted With Corvette Engines
The plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma has been reworked for 2013 by VL (Villarreal Lutz) with the addition of a 638 horsepower engine ‘stolen’ from the Corvette ZR1.
VL buys empty Karma sedans, removes the batteries, and retrofits them with the Corvette engine.
These changes make the new car (called the Destino) more user-friendly. The Karmas batteries have been prone to trouble, and they also added more than 1000 pounds of curb weight.
The Destino will be able to reach top speeds of 200 mph, and will come with the Corvette’s standard six-speed manual transmission. VL didn’t change the stock brakes or suspension in their retrofitting of the Karma.
Production of the Destino is scheduled to start in about 6 months, and the new supercar will cost $180,000.00 for a 550 horsepower engine (starting price, of course options will always be extra) or $190,000.00 for a model with the ZR1 engine.
Maximum production per year will probably be between 250-500 per year; it all depends on the marketplace demand.