Published on 18 Jan 2013 by Dan Read
No, this isn’t the electric powered Fisker Karma, the plug-in electric sports car that’s been struggling to achieve anything like the sort of attention its looks should generate. This is a car for those who liked the look of the Finish eco-car but wanted some real power to back up its appearance. If you look closely at our shots, you’ll notice that the Destino has its own front-end which gives it a Ferrari or Maserati style look.
The Destino goes against the grain because it substitutes the electric power for a Chevrolet LS9 supercharged V-8. This Americanised version is built in Michigan and offers close to 600 hp that’s channelled through a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. It might surprise you to know that this 180 degree spin on the car’s ethos is being embraced by Fisker, whose Senior Director of Global Communication and PR, Roger Ormisher said, “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.”
The car’s aerodynamic shell still provides low drag, so the eco-friendly technology isn’t totally wasted. VL Automotive, who build the Destino, have 20 Karmas on order that will be modified into the first batch of Destinos. There is no idea yet on the price but the first cars will be ready for customers later in the year.
As it foregoes most of the eco-technology we can’t see it costing anything like the £72,500 the Fisker Karma costs in the UK if it is ever made available here.