In case you’ve missed the memo, the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 is coming back. Well, kind of. It won’t be the same underpowered vehicle from the 1980s made famous by the Back to the Future trilogy. Instead, the spiritual successor will keep up with the times by adopting an all-electric powertrain. It has been teased a couple of times already, but aside from being an EV, information has been rather limited.
Thankfully, Car and Driver sat down and had a chat with the chief executive officer of the new company known as DeLorean Motors Reimagined. Having previously worked at Tesla and Volvo, it’s safe to say Joost de Vries knows a thing or two about the car industry. He mentioned the upcoming EV will have a range of more than 300 miles (483 kilometers), which should be the norm among electric cars nowadays.
While the battery pack and the electric motors will be sourced from a third party, the company intends to develop its own platform for the reborn automotive icon. Italdesign is taking care of the styling, which will include the spectacular gullwing doors of its ancestor. As to how it will look, Joost de Vries told C&D the car’s appearance will illustrate how it might’ve looked “had it been around for the last 40 years.”
The company’s representative specified it won’t deliver hypercar performance, but it will be tailored to “people who want to drive.” Being a new company, DeLorean Motors Reimagined initially aims for a low-volume production run. The world premiere will take place at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which is scheduled for August.
There are still a lot of technical specifications we don’t know about the new DeLorean, but we’re hoping it will be a more successful product than its source of inspiration. Some of you will recall the original DMC-12 was a short-lived vehicle. The aluminum-bodied sports car with its V6 engine from the Peugeot-Renault-Volvo alliance was sold in the United States only between the 1981 to 1983 model years.
Source: Car and Driver