DeLorean Alpha5 is a 4-seater Gullwing EV for the future
The DeLorean Motor Company may never have left our collective consciousness, but as an automaker it’s been long gone – since 1982. And now the brand might just be on its way back with gullwing doors. in the air and an all-electric powertrain under its shapely skin.
The new car seen here certainly won’t be built in Ireland like the original Marty-McFly-spec. Instead, this ambitious new project is the result of abest known for building and selling refurbished DeLorean DMC-12 vintage sports cars. Having acquired the rest of the original company’s parts inventory and later brand name, markings and logos, this nearby Houston company has been promising to build electrified DeLoreans since at least 2011, and this Alpha5 seems to be the result.
Unlike the original two-seat DeLorean DMC-12 sports car, this is a four-seat model with double-length gullwing doors. The slippery look is the, a famous Italian company known for leading the corner design movement of the 1970s with cars like the BMW M1, Maserati Bora, Volkswagen Scirocco and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the DMC-12. Interestingly enough, the original DeLorean Motor Company intended to expand into larger four- to five-seat automobiles. The Project 831/1 or the DMC200 as it was called was developed for several years, but ultimately no model ever came to market.
The reborn DeLorean’s new Alpha5 appears to be much larger than its legendary sports car antecedent. Drawings on the company’s website suggest the car is nearly 197 inches long – just short of a. In terms of performance, for now all DMC is saying is that the new Alpha5 will hit 60mph in 2.99 seconds or 88mph in 4.35 seconds – a delightfully silly recognition of the brand’s inexorable bond DeLorean with the Back to the Future film franchise. The company is aiming for a range of over 300 miles with a battery capacity of at least 100 kWh, and the top speed is set at 155 mph.
The new model has pledged to be unveiled to the public during chic Monterey Car Week in California, appearing on the ramp at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Award on August 18 and on the Concept Lawn from August 21. For now, the company says it will “inform all registered newsletter subscribers in late summer 2022 on how to join this journey to ownership,” but it doesn’t share pricing targets.
It’s also not immediately clear when the DMC Alpha5 should be available, where it will be built, or who is funding this project. Hopefully the company will offer more details when the car is revealed.