In short: The DeLorean Motor Company has unveiled its vision for the Alpha 5, the company’s first electric vehicle. The four-seat sedan borrows the gullwing doors from the DMC-12 made famous in the Back to the Future film series, but that’s about all it has in common with the original.
The base performance model will feature a 100+ kWh battery with a range of over 300 miles and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. DeLorean claims a 0-60 mph time of 2.99 seconds and a sprint to 88 mph in 4.35 seconds. At this stage, there is no word yet on additional performance levels or pricing.
“Alpha 5 is the epitome of the last 40 years of DeLorean.” said Troy Beetz, director of marketing for DeLorean Motor Company. “It was a huge responsibility to make sure we honor the history of the DeLorean brand, but an even bigger responsibility was to curate its future… I think we did both with the Alpha 5.”
What do you think of the overall style? I was initially heavy Audi TT Quattro vibrations, but the more I look at it, the more I warm up. The rear and aerial views are particularly pleasing, and the interior isn’t too bad either. Gullwing doors are a little useless, but as a throwback it makes sense.
To be clear, this is not the same DMC that produced the original DMC-12. This company ceased to exist in the early 80s. A separate company, created in the mid-90s, eventually acquired the remaining DMC parts and naming rights. DMC Texas, as it is often called, is working on a new electric vehicle.