Henrik Fisker and Bob Lutz Just Launched a New Car Company… Again
Former General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz and Henrik Fisker have announced a new, US-based luxury sports car company… again.
VLF Automotive will also include entrepreneur and manufacturer Gilbert Villarreal, while Fisker will also be a VLF shareholder and act as the third member of the executive management team alongside Lutz and Villarreal. This isn’t the first time the team has announced a company. In 2013, VL Automotive showed off the Destino, which was essentially a gas-powered Fisker Karma. The tune hasn’t changed much with VLF Automotive, as the company will once again turn to a Corvette LS9 V8 engine to power a sedan that looks quite similar to the original Fisker Karma.
The sedan will sport 638 horsepower and will be capable of going 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds while having a top speed of 200 mph. Initial pricing will start from $229,000 and the company claims it has a manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan along with a design center in Los Angeles, California. A total of seven dedicated dealerships are scheduled to open in North America starting later this year.
The VLF Automotive Destino will make its debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show next week, along with Fisker’s new Force 1.
“It’s a circle,” Lutz explained. “When Gilbert and I formed VL Automotive in 2012, we wanted to take Henrik’s beautifully proportioned design, replace the hybrid gas-electric power train with a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 drivetrain, and create a bespoke four-door luxury car with outstanding performance. With Henrik on board, we are ready to present the Destino with a refined design, and a new model named Force 1 that Henrik has developed with an acclaimed race car driver, at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.”
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Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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