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The Dodge Viper has spawned a new supercar penned by none other than former electric car guru Henrik Fisker. This high-powered 2-door coupe is named the VLF Force 1 V10 and it is truly a force to be reckoned with. A complete turnabout from the previous Fisker Karma, Force 1 is all about speed and exceptional good looks.
Performance comes in the form of an 8.4-litre V10 gasoline-powered engine. You may recognize this as the same engine that powers the current Viper, but the numbers have been tweaked somewhat to offer a higher level of performance. In the Force 1 it delivers 745 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 638 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. This compares favourably to the Viper with 645 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.
Matched to a standard 6-speed manual transmission, or an optional 6-speed automatic with paddle-shifters, 0-100 km/h takes just over 3 seconds. Top speed is listed at 350 km/h. This places the Force 1 square in the sites of today’s most elite supercars, including the Lamborghini Aventador and Ferrari 488 Spider.
The outer shell is built from lightweight carbon fiber. Twenty-one inch wheels with Pirelli tires are featured at all four corners, along with high-performance Brembo brakes for superior stopping power. The overall design reflects a true American sports car as it features an elongated hood, short overhangs and a stout tail-section.
“In the case of Force 1, there is an extremely pushed back green house,” Fisker explained. “The sculpture on Force 1 is like a family succession to Destino, dramatic and powerful, relative flat surfaces on the high end of the body side, with lines full of tension, emerging onto a rounder lower section, where Force 1 has a large functional outlet.”
Inside, diamond-quilted leather seating surfaces surround the driver and passenger in complete luxury. A 3-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel places many features within easy reach, allowing more time to reach for the manual transmission gear lever, should you decide to go old school and harness 700+ horsepower by hand and foot. Alcantara adds a sporty touch and there is even a champagne holder for those rare times when the Force 1 will be parked.
A low volume supercar capped at 50 units, expectations are the VLF Force 1 V10 will have a starting price of $268,500 US.