VLF Automotive is an American luxury sports car company, established in 2012 when it was originally VL Automotive (before the Fisker came in the picture). It is a joint partnership between former General Motors boss Bob Lutz, car designer Henrik Fisker of Fisker Karma, and entrepreneur Gilbert Villarreal. “VLF” came from the initials of each founder.
Over a year ago, the company took the cover off its Force 1 Coupe in Detroit, Michigan. And now, they are getting ready for the roadster version to debut at the Auto Shanghai 2017 in China next week. The roadster was spotted while in transit, so images of the car have surfaced online even before its official launch.
To keep the Force 1 Roadster light in weight, the body panels were built with carbon fiber. In fact, it looks just as sporty and masculine as the coupe. Instead, this was built with a soft top instead of a fixed carbon roof, unlike its counterpart. However, this model weighs a little more than the coupe that is at 1,538 kilograms (3,395 pounds), because of the increased roof complexity. Brembo brakes and Pirelli tires are included too.
We have not received the exact technical specs of this model yet. But if it is the same as the regular Force 1, then it should have a Dodge Viper-sourced naturally aspirated 8.4 liter V10 engine that produces 745 horsepower (555 kilowatts) and 638 pound-feet (865 Newton-metres) of torque. Equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic that sends power to the rear axle. VLF claims that in less than 3 seconds, the roadster can accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour, and can reach its top speed of 210 miles per hour.
There has been no mention about the price of the roadster just yet. But if the VLF Force 1 Coupe had a price tag starting at $268,500 (around £187,000), and we all know that a Roadster costs more than a Coupe, then we can assume that it would have a starting price of just about £200,000.
Other than the Force 1 Coupe and Roadster, the company is busy developing something new, the Destino. This model is apparently a Fisker Karma that carries a Corvette ZR1-sourced 6.2 liter V8 engine. The company is giving this one a price tag of $229,000. VLF’s factory is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan where all these models were built.
To get the full specifications of the VLF Force 1 Roadster, stay tuned as we cover the Auto Shanghai show that will begin on April 19.