The DeLorean DMC is a legend in both cinematic and automotive circles. Most of its fame comes from the movie Back to the Future, of course, but there was also so much drama surrounding this stainless steel, gull-winged beast and the founder's (and the company's) demise. Well, things change a lot in half a century, and now the DeLorean Alpha5 EV is here.
The new car is actually designed by the same design house that created the DMC, Italdesign. An unrelated Texas-based company, which supplies replacement parts to the owners of the original DeLorean vehicles, purchased the rights to the DeLorean brand. The new DeLorean eschews the hard edges of the original and opts for fluid lines and elegant curves. The door handles appear to be flush, and there are aerodynamic turbine wheels. What does carry over are the gullwing doors, louvered rear window, and the layered taillights. And it's also purely electric.
Aside from these gorgeous photos, there's not a ton of detail about the car that has been disclosed. There are "multiple electric motors" powered by a battery with more than 100 kWh. Power is capable of launching the Alpha5 from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds, and the range on a full charge is a minimum of 300 miles on the EPA cycle. Those are more than respectable numbers when you pit it against the Porsche Taycan but not quite up there against the Tesla Model S or the Lucid Air.
These days, what passes for a premium EV interior must be fluid, airy, and high-tech. The four seater gets modern sport seats that look well-bolstered and highly contoured. There's also a big waterfall center console, an expansive dashboard, a digital instrument cluster, and a touchscreen for infotainment and in-car functions.
It's clear that the Alpha5 is aiming for the premium EV market and it looks poised to compete. Much of it depends on whether or not it will debut in America soon and what the additional specifications are regarding trim levels, power, performance, etc. More details on the car will surface at Monterrey Car Week when it debuts to the public.