The Would You Rather Game: Karma Edition

February 19th, 2014

VL Destino

Have you ever played the “Would You Rather” game? It’s a wonderful way to get to know someone or discuss topics that might not otherwise come up in conversation.

There are thousands of possible questions, including scenarios like: Would you rather have a million dollars right now or get $40,000 per year for the rest of your life?

Of course the questions can get a lot more serious, funny or downright inappropriate. Today we’re going to play one round of “Would You Rather,” but first I’m going to give you some details so you can make an informed decision.

The Fisker Karma had a good run. The electric sports car had a celebrity following, gained plenty of media attention and sold more than a few copies. Unfortunately, the company had an epic spell of bad luck, including the bankruptcy of its battery supplier and then, even worse, the bad publicity of car fires.

Needless to say, Fisker went bankrupt as well and was recently up for auction. New owners have been found and, possibly, new life. More on that in a minute.

About a year ago there was talk of former GM exec Bob Lutz supplying the Karma with a Chevy Corvette engine and calling it the Destino. At the time I said,

Lutz saw a market of people interested in the looks of the $100,000 Karma, but not interested in the electric powertrain it came with. The simple solution, of course, is to buy up Karma bodies and chassis, give buyers a choice of two Corvette engines (the all new 6.2 liter LT1 with 450 horsepower, or the maddening 638 horse supercharged LS9 from the ZR1), change the name of the car, re-engineer some bits and pieces and slap a $180,000 price tag on the hood.

VL Automotive is still in business and, presumably, can build a Destino especially for you if you want.

The other option is to wait and see what Wanxiang, Fisker’s new China-based owner, does with the Karma. Considering Wanxiang also purchased A123 systems, Fisker’s bankrupt battery supplier, we can assume the Chinese Karma will remain electric. Which brings us to the question at hand:

Would you rather have a gas-guzzling V8-powered Karma, or a silent and fast electric one?

-tgriffith

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