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DeLorean Alpha5 electric car revealed

DeLorean's upcoming all-electric sports car is called the Alpha5, and it retains the famous gullwing doors.

Jack Quick
Jack Quick
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DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) has given us our first proper look at its reimagined electric sportscar, named the Alpha5.

Designed in collaboration with ItalDesign like the original DMC-12, this new DeLorean Alpha5 is a two-door, four-seat, all-electric sportscar.

It will be officially unveiled on August 21 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event.

Alongside some pre-production renders and sketches of the Alpha5’s exterior and interior, DeLorean has released some initial performance and range statistics for the base performance model.

According to DeLorean, the Alpha5 can do the 0-60mph (0-96km/h) sprint in 2.99 seconds. This is around the same time it takes the Porsche Taycan Turbo S to do the same sprint. DeLorean also mentions that it can do 0-88mph (0-141km/h) in 4.35 seconds.

The DeLorean Alpha5 has a top speed of 155mph (249km/h) and a drag co-efficient of 0.23Cd.

DeLorean hasn’t confirmed its power and torque outputs, nor how many electric motors it’ll have.

Regardless, it’ll be a far cry from the 2.85-litre naturally-aspirated Peugeot-Renault-Volvo V6 engine from the original DMC-12 which produced 97kW of power and 207Nm of torque.

The new DeLorean Alpha5 is powered by a battery pack that has a capacity of over 100kWh, and it has a claimed range of more than 300 miles (>482.8km) according to preliminary EPA testing.

Design sketches show the two-door sports car measures 4995mm long, 2044mm wide, and 1370mm tall, with a 2300mm wheelbase.

This puts the Alpha5 in the same size category as the Porsche Taycan, although it has a considerably shorter wheelbase length. For context, the Taycan is 4963mm long and has a 2900mm wheelbase.

As seen in previous teaser content, the DeLorean Alpha5 retains the original DMC-12’s two gullwing doors and pairs it with a modern silhouette.

It even has a silver finish which pays homage to the original DMC-12’s stainless steel body panels.

At the front there are slim LED headlights with a faux grille that has DeLorean lettering on it. There’s also a large lower air intake with horizontal slats.

Around the side, the profile looks a little bit like a Koenigsegg Gemera, and there is a charging panel situated between the front wheel and extremely long door.

There are also humongous wheels wrapped in Pirelli tyres, door panel sculpting, and wide rear wheel arch hips.

At the back the DeLorean Alpha5 has a full-width light bar as part of tail light lighting signature, along with DeLorean lettering that mirrors the front.

There’s also an active rear spoiler, rear window louvres, rear bumper air outlets, and a large rear diffuser.

Inside is where the DeLorean Alpha5 takes it to the next level. There are four individual seats which can be all be accessed without moving the front seats.

Ahead of the driver is a digital instrument cluster and a minimalistic steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons.

Straddling the driver and front passenger is a square-looking touchscreen infotainment system. There’s also a large storage area under the centre tunnel.

Besides the regular DeLorean Alpha5, there is going be a special launch edition version of the all-electric sports car too.

This was shown off with a red exterior paint and a darker interior with red highlights. It’s unclear if this launch edition model will be more powerful than the regular model.

Not to be confused with the original company founded by John Z. DeLorean, this version of DMC was founded by British-born mechanic Stephen Wynne in 1995 when he acquired the original company’s name, logo trademark and remaining parts inventory.

DMC is based in Texas and for the past 15 years has been producing refurbished DeLorean models and new parts. It also later introduced merchandise and is currently exploring the NFT space.

Current CEO Joost de Vries has previously worked for EV companies Karma, and between January 2012 and September 2013 worked for Tesla.

MORE: 2023 DeLorean EV teased ahead of August reveal

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Jack Quick
Jack Quick

Jack Quick is an emerging automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Jack recently graduated from Deakin University and has previously competed in dance nationally. In his spare time, Jack likes to listen to hyperpop and play Forza Horizon.

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