DeLorean revives iconic nameplate with new electric car

Source: DeLorean

Source: DeLorean

40 years on from the DMC-12, DeLorean has revived its iconic nameplate with the reveal of a new electric sports car.

Named after its founder John DeLorean, the original DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt in the early 1980s – before its first and only model, the DMC-12, achieved stardom in Hollywood’s Back to the Future trilogy.

Now, DeLorean is back, swapping the 1985 petrol engine and ruler-drawn lines in favour of a more modern design and all-electric power.

Codenamed the Alpha5, the new car retains the gull-winged, two-door frame of the original, but features a curvier, sleeker silhouette and room for four passengers.

It is claimed to post figures typical for a performance EV, zipping from 0-100km/hr in just under three seconds on its way to a top speed of 249km/hr. This is around the time it takes the Porsche Taycan Turbo S to do the same sprint.

DeLorean hasn’t confirmed the power and torque outlets, nor how many electric motors it will have. Regardless, it will be a far cry from the original DMC-12 which produced 97kW of power and 207Nm of torque.

The Alpha5 is also bigger than its famous ancestor – with a total length of 4,995mm, a width of 2,044mm, and a height (with doors closed) of 1,370mm.

Turning inside, the three-spoke steering wheel, rectangular instrument binnacle and flat centre console pay homage to the design of the original car, but instead of physical switches, there is a pair of widescreen displays with touch-sensitive buttons.

There’s been no mention of a release date or potential pricing, but rumours suggest that production of the Alpha5 launch edition will begin in 2024. Unfortunately, the time travelling and hover functions will not be included.

The Alpha5 concept will be officially unveiled in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event.

Source: DeLorean | Alpha5

1 June 2022

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