Here’s what its makers call the “ultimate American muscle car”, the Galpin-Fisker Rocket. Unveiled at the ongoing LA Auto Show and built in association with Galpin Auto Sport, this is the brainchild of Henrik Fisker, the guy responsible for penning cars like the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB8 and 9, and, of course, the Fisker Karma, which, for all its troubles, was at the very least a distinctive design.
The Rocket is based on the latest 2015 Mustang, but the entire exterior design has been substantially reworked by Fisker. “This is a project born out of passion, it’s a dream come true, to have the opportunity to ‘touch’ a Mustang and apply my design ideas to it,” he says in the model’s announcement.
As an adaptation of the 2015 Mustang’s style, the biggest visual romp comes from the slightly elongated nose, which now hosts a gaping hexagonal grille with a polished bar running and two nearly hidden driving lights at the top corners. The sides are more bulbous now, thanks to the flared arches, while twin vents in front of the rear wheel arch cool the massive Brembo Grand Turismo brakes. At the rear, there are wider fenders that are beautifully blended into the integrated spoiler. The interior has been left mostly apart from some red leather and carbon-fiber trim.
Under the hood, the Rocket employs a 5.0-liter, 725 HP, V8 with a Whipple supercharger which will be paired to a six-speed manual gearbox. Production is set to begin in December, with deliveries starting in early 2015, while Rocket will command a price tage of over $100,000.