VLF Automotive teases new V10 powered roadster

American coachbuilder teases Roadster version of its Force 10 supercar with styling by Henrik Fisker

New-age Amercian coachbuilder VLF Automotive will launch a convertible version of its Force 10 supercar come the Shanghai Motor Show this April. Unlike most California start-ups, VLF has a glut of industry titans at its helm, including ex GM boss Bob Lutz and automotive design legend Henrik Fisker. Promising to marry American muscle and performance with bespoke European styling the new roadster will go on sale soon after its debut. 

If the name Henrik Fisker rings a bell, it’s likely due to the Karma, a plug-in electric saloon launched under the Fisker brand, which briefly challenged the Tesla Model S as Hollywood’s favourite ‘eco’ luxury car. Unfortunately financial difficulties forced the ‘eco’ part of the Karma to subside, where it is now sold under license by VLF as the Destino 8, packing a 6.2-litre supercharged V8.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

> Click here for our drive of the Fisker Karma

VLF’s latest venture is a roadster version of its Force 10 supercar. Revealed at the 2016 Detroit motorshow, the coupe is based on the soon to be axed Dodge Viper, sharing its 8.4-litre V10 engine and front/mid-engined chassis. Boasting 745bhp and 638lb ft of torque, VLF then wraps the drivetrain in bespoke carbonfibre bodywork, also modifying the Viper-based interior with higher quality materials and features like a champagne bottle holder to help justify the asking price. 

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

The teased Force 10 Roadster promises to share most its bespoke design elements with the coupe, but losing the distinctive ‘spear’ window line in the transformation from hard to soft-top. Boasting similar performance claims as the hardtop, the Force 10 should reach 62mph in around 3 seconds whilst topping out at over 200mph.

We will see more of the Force 10 Roadster next month at the Shanghai Motor Show alongside the coachbuilders other models.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/nissan/202389/this-nissan-juke-r-can-be-yours-for-719579
Nissan Juke R

This Nissan Juke-R can be yours for $719,579

Near-700bhp Nissan special project Juke-R goes up for sale in Germany 
30 Mar 2020
Visit/mercedes-cla45-amg-hatchback/22953/mercedes-amg-cla-45-s-coupe-uk-review
Mercedes CLA45 AMG hatchback

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S coupe UK review

The more stylish version of eCoty 2019’s bronze medallist is as impressive on UK roads as it was overseas
28 Mar 2020
Visit/bugatti/202400/bugatti-chiron-veyron-and-eb110-gather-for-a-photoshoot-of-dreams
Bugatti

Bugatti Chiron, Veyron and EB110 gather for a photoshoot of dreams

Celebrating the last three decades of operations, Bugatti gathered all three of its flagship hypercars in Dubai
31 Mar 2020
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019