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 |  May 06 2013, 5:05 PM

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Former Vice Chairman of General Motors, Bob Lutz, has teamed up with Gilbert Villarreal to develop and sell the VL Productions Destino, which is essentially a Fisker Karma without the electric power.

Fisker’s long list of issues has lead to its bankruptcy, but the American automaker had one thing going for it: the Karma was a good looking car. It was a shame that it was built in a cheap fashion and its electric powertrain had more issues than we can count, but the Karma’s exterior was attractive and sported a supercar style. That’s why VL Productions will be using it as a base for its Destino.

VL has obtained 20 Karma “gliders,” vehicles that are missing batteries and an electric powertrain prior to Fisker’s bankruptcy. The Destino, which will be priced from $185,000, will be powered by the 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 engine found in the Cadillac CTS-V with 556 hp. According to Lutz, VL currently has 100 orders for the Destino, many from the Middle East. Current Karma owners have also contacted VL to gauge the cost to convert their vehicles to gasoline powered with the Cadillac’s V8.

VL currently estimates the conversion to run $85,000 to $90,000. Destino deliveries are expected to begin in the third quarter of this year, but that’s contingent on the automaker meeting its own quality standards, plus governmental safety and emissions regulations.

[Source: WardsAuto]

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