2016 Detroit Auto Show: resurgent Fisker Karma tuning premieres as the VLF Destino [video]

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We recently told you about the creation of an entirely new US automaker – which even took in its team the creator of the defunct Fisker automaker.

That’s because the company was actually already having ties to the Fisker Karam – named Destino and appearing for the first time in Detroit three years ago. Back then it took the Fisker Karma and stripped it of the hybrid powertrain in favor of a more conventional sportscar look and feel – mostly owing it to the presence of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s LS9 engine. It has now returned on the frontline of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) with minor cosmetic revisions that are said to bring a “refined design.” These are so minor there’s no other way around the bush when people will say it’s a regular Fisker Karma. Fortunately, the audience will soon be tipped off as unlike the defunct eco-conscious model’s hybrid powertrain this time around the Destino keeps the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Chevy Corvette ZR-1.

We’re talking here about a spectacular power of 638 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 604 pound-feet of torque from 3,800 rpm. This is enough to deliver a zero to 60 mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h). The updated Destino has massive 22-inch alloys and can even be had with a carbon fiber roof – with a wide assortment of other amenities as well to justify the steep price tag of $229,000.