This Flood-Damaged Fisker Karma Is Just Begging For An Engine Swap

The hybrid powertrain may (or may not) be all well and fine, but the real beauty of the Fisker Karma is in its design. Swap that powertrain out for a good-old fashioned American V8 (as VLF does) and you’ve got a winning package on your hands. And this one here might just be prime for the swap job.

What you’re looking at is a 2012 Fisker Karma that was apparently damaged in a flood. A victim of the same year’s Hurricane Sandy perhaps, or just some other type of water damage – it doesn’t really matter. What does is that its electrified powertrain is surely shot, so if it’s ever going to drive again, it’s going to need a new one.

Fortunately Henrik Fisker – designer of the Karma (among so many others) – is part of an operation that does just that. The VLF Destino replaces the Karma’s 2.0-liter turbo four and accompanying pair of electric motors with GM’s LS9 crate engine – a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 good for 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque, just like the one in the last Corvette ZR1. VLF also swaps out that bucked-tooth grille, along with some other upgrades, resulting in an even better-looking shape (to our eyes) capable of rocketing you and three of your friends to 60 in under four seconds, topping out at the double-century, and riding in style all the way.

Whether you’d want to submit this Karma to VLF for conversion or shoehorn something else in there, we don’t know. Nor could we say for sure that it’d even be salvageable after the damage apparently incurred. But if you do, the vehicle’s up for sale on Copart, with bidding (at the time of writing) standing at $26,250 and a bit over two days left on the auction.

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  • Christian

    5,7-liter Hemi V8 Motor (With an American accent)

    • Bash

      I like that, keep talking.. lol
      you had me with the Hemi.

  • Kash

    You’re gonna have to replace more than the powertrain, if it was flooded there’s gonna be serious interior damage as well or at least a horrifying smell, and if it’s been sitting since 2012 all closed up…

  • jarooo4

    In flood damaged car you will be propably forced to replace whole electrical instalation so I dont think it would be that easy.

  • Infinite1

    All the interior and electrical components will have to be replaced

  • RDS Alphard

    If it wasn’t too expensive, strip it out & turn it into hooning machine.

  • fabri99

    Always had a flaw for the Karma.

  • ENOUGH WITH THE COPART ADS.

  • Spyderdrifter

    With flood damage, the insurance should have totaled it out. Therefore, a car that’s been totaled, no matter what car, shouldn’t sell for even a 1/4 of that amount.

  • KSegg

    Still a better deal than that completely crashed/trashed green McLaren that is asking for $100K.

    • Shobin Drogan

      Flood cars actually much worse than wrecked cars, wrecked cars have valuable components and electricals that still work, flood damaged cars are extremely sketchy. Id stay far far away from one even if it was offered for 2 bucks.

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