DeLorean Motors Reimagined LLC (doing business as DeLorean Motor Company or DMC) released images of its highly anticipated all-new electric vehicle (EV) dubbed “Alpha5” on Monday.
Early access subscribers were given the opportunity to view the vehicle 24 hours before its official launch on May 31.
For the inexperienced, the original DeLorean is known for producing the DMC DeLorean (DMC-12) stainless steel sports car that acts as a time machine in the Back to the future film trilogy (1985, 1989 and 1990).
However, the company was shut down when it went bankrupt in 1982.
In 1995, British-born mechanic Stephen Wynne started a separate company called “DeLorean Motor Company” and shortly after acquired the remaining parts inventory and stylized “DMC” logo trademark from DeLorean Motor Company.
This current DeLorean Motor Company, located in Humble near Houston, Texas, is not and has never been associated with the original company. The new brand will be led by Chief Executive Joost de Vries, formerly of Karma and Tesla.
The next generation sports car, coming to Alpha5, is inspired by the iconic DMC-12. The newly unveiled images of the Alpha5 explore the coupé’s exterior and interior, revealing clean lines, classic louvers, gloss silver paintwork and DeLorean’s iconic gull-wing doors.
Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign, who designed the original DeLorean, the vehicle will feature two large electronically powered gull-wing doors each exposing the first and second rows of seats.
In addition, DeLorean’s new Alpha5 electric car is a four-seater with a battery of more than 100 kWh that powers dual motors and has an estimated range of more than 483 km.
The vehicle has the ability to reach 60 mph (96 kph) in approximately 2.99 seconds and 88 mph (142 kph) in 4.35 seconds. It will electronically limit the top speed to 155 mph (241 kph).
In addition, Alpha5 extends at 4990.5 millimeters (196.6 inches) long, 2,044 millimeters (80.4 inches) wide and 1,370 millimeters (53.9 inches) high when the doors to the gull wings are closed.
The Alpha5 has two separate displays inside, one behind the wheel for the driver and one on the center console for the passenger.
“The Alpha5 is a representation of the past 40 years of DeLorean. There was a huge responsibility to make sure we honor the history of the DeLorean brand, but an even greater responsibility to build the future…I think we both did that with the Alpha5,” says Troy Beetz, DMC’s Chief Marketing Officer.
“We have had the opportunity to reimagine a brand that has meant so much to so many people from all corners of the world for 4 decades. DeLorean touched so many lives and set the stage for so many memories…we are all now witnessing a new chapter in this amazing story,” added Neilo Harris, Vice President of Brand & Creative at DMC.
The upcoming Alpha5 will make its public debut on August 18 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance auto show before entering production in 2024.