DeLorean Returns With Gull-Winged Alpha5 Electric GT
Meet the long-awaited successor to the DeLorean DMC-12 made famous by “Back to the Future.”
Automotive aficionados let out a collective Great Scott! as the successor to the DeLorean DMC-12 made iconic by Back to the Future was unveiled.
Shots of the DeLorean Alpha5 (previously referred to as the DeLorean EVolved) show that hallowed supercar design firm Italdesign largely forwent the DMC-12’s blocky, angled body in favor of a more streamlined aerodynamic form, but kept its distinct gullwing doors and fastback-style strakes.
That’s where the most obvious similarities appear to end. The Alpha5 is a four-seat grand-tourer instead of a coupe, and as a modern-day halo car for a new company, it’s entirely electric.
Road & Track reports that an unspecified electric powertrain paired with a 100 kWh battery will provide enough juice to hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds on its way to 150 mph, as well as 300 miles of range.
Other details are still scarce in the leadup to the full Alpha5 reveal on August 18 at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance auto show.
The interior is looks very similar to those of other popular high-end EVs—particularly the Tesla Model S’s—with one screen located in front of the central console and another larger instrument display behind the steering wheel.
The resemblance to Tesla could have something to do with the fact that DeLorean Motor Company CEO Joost de Vries was an executive at Elon Musk’s EV company from 2012 to 2013, when the Model S was first introduced. However, DeLorean isn’t aiming to compete with Tesla, and will even cater to internal combustions engine holdouts.
Speaking to Autocar, de Vries added that DeLorean will also make a V8-powered sports car and a luxury SUV that may be powered by hydrogen.
But the Alpha5 will come first, with production scheduled to begin in 2024.