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VLF Automotive is a new luxury sports car company that officially launched Monday (Jan. 11) through a partnership between legendary automotive designer Henrik Fisker, former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz and entrepreneur and manufacturer Gilbert Villarreal.
Fisker is a VLF shareholder and the third member of the executive management team alongside Lutz and Villarreal.
“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.”
VLF Automotive boasts a state-of-the-art development and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, as well as a design and technology center in Los Angeles.
With Lutz as chairman, Villarreal as CEO and Fisker as head of design and product strategy, the VLF executive team represents more than 100 years experience and have been instrumental in such iconic cars as Aston Martins, BMWs, Vipers and Corvettes.
“I’m honored to become a partner in this automotive dream team,'” Fisker said. “With the management and financial skills of Bob Lutz, the manufacturing expertise of Gilbert Villarreal and my design innovation, we’re poised to launch an extraordinary company, as we seek to change the future of the American auto industry.”
The Destino, according to the company, embodies everything that VLF Automotive stands for: American, tailor made, high- quality, performance and ingenuity. The flagship model sets out to be the leading high-performance four-door GT in the world. Powered by a reliable Corvette LS9 V8 engine, the Destino, with its relatively low weight, has tremendous performance characteristics, according to the company. The Destino V8 retail price starts at $229,000.
VLF Automotive will be adding additional jobs at its dedicated manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills when production of the Destino and Force 1 ramps up throughout 2016. VLF is expected to have seven dedicated dealers with full-service capability throughout North America and several international dealers appointed in 2016.
- 638 horsepower at 6500 rpm
- 604lb-ft at 3800 rpm
- 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds (estimated)
- 200 mph estimated top speed
- Front wheels: 22″ 265/30R22 tires
- Rear wheels 22″ 305/30ZR22 tires
- Weight: 4,300 pounds