DeLorean Alpha5 – DeLorean is resurrected as an electric car

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(Elbil24): You don’t have to be particularly interested in cars to have a relationship with the brand DeLorean and the model DMC-12. This was the car used in the legendary film trilogy Back to the Futurefrom the ’80s and ’90s, where it served as a flying time machine – taking protagonist Marty McFly from 1985 back to 1955, then to 2015, and finally to 1885.

THE ORIGINAL: The DeLorean DMC-12 had, among other things, a fuel tank supplied by Norwegian Dyno Industrier. Photo: Bjørn Eirik Loftås
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However, the history of the car brand is sad and short. The DMC-12 was the only model that ever went into production, and unlike the car from the movie, it could neither travel in time, fly nor drive very fast.

Production stopped after 9,200 copies already in 1982, but several of the cars are actually still on the roads – even in Norway.

The DeLorean is resurrected

But now new life has finally been breathed into the car brand. The Texas-based company DeLorean Motor Companywhich has owned the rights to the DeLorean brand since 1995, this spring released the first images of an electric sports car that they will soon put into production.

To the great delight of enthusiasts, this car also gets the legendary gullwings, and the specification list does not read the usual 0-62, but 0-88 miles pr hour. The reason is naturally that it was at this speed that the car made a leap backwards – or forwards – in time.

Resilient performance

And if you’re wondering how quickly the new electric sports car gets up to just that speed, the answer is 4.35 seconds. 0-100 should be done in around 3 seconds and the top speed stops at 250 kilometers per hour, which puts it in the same class as the Tesla Model S and Lucid Air, two other current American sedans.

It is also comparable in size, being quite precisely five meters long and 204.4 centimeters wide. When the doors are closed, it is no higher than 137 centimeters, somewhat lower than the DMC-12, but according Drive it is a full 75 centimeters longer than the car from the films – which was admittedly a two-seater.

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Under the floor sits a battery pack with a capacity of over 100 kWh, and the range should be 483 kilometers measured according to American standards, which should mean around 500 kilometers after The WLTP standard which we follow in Europe. According to the manufacturer, the car should have a low air resistance of 0.23 Cd, which should mean a good range even if the speed is high.

Italian design

The design is made by the Turin-based and well-known Italdesign. It is obviously sporty and may, at first glance, resemble the ones advertised Polestar 5 and Neo ET7. But the door solution is completely different. There are only two wings, which on each side cover both the front and back seats.

By the way, the gullwings from the DMC-12, according to several sources, should have inspired Tesla when they designed the Model X.

Will be expensive

The DeLorean Alpha5 will be shown publicly for the first time later in August, and the goal is for sales to start in 2024. And the price? It is expected to start at around $145,000, according to Motortrend.com. That means around NOK 1.4 million. And then you have to settle for paying VAT of NOK 900,000, and thus the price ends up at well over NOK 1.6 million.

If the car comes to Norway, mind you.

Elbil24 is following along anyway, and will update with more information when we have it.

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