The DeLorean is one of the most iconic cars in pop culture thanks to its starring role in films. It was a commercial failure due to several factors but the car has retained a sweet spot in car culture as well for its unique approach to car design with its gullwing doors. The original company died before the 1990s and the DeLorean Motor Company was reborn in 1995. Since then, its primary business has been providing service and restoration to owners of the original DeLorean. Now, DMC is ready to reinvent the icon as a futuristic sports EV and it’ll be called the Alpha5.
Mind you, these are only the photos and specifications of the Alpha5. It’s going to be a while still before it enters production and it’ll debut in the metal at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August.
Alpha5 Exterior Design
The best thing is that the Alpha5 will have gullwing doors. It does not have any wedge-like design elements from the original DeLorean, but it does have a similar side profile with the long bonnet and sloping roofline that continues till the taillights. The Alpha5 is a lot curvier with smooth surfaces and more symmetrical proportions for the panels. Another design detail that pays homage to the original is the slatted rear window.
The Alpha5 has various sporty details such as the low front end with the sculpted bonnet and the large air vent just behind the headlights. It probably channels air from the large air dams to ensure better aerodynamics. There’s also a chin spoiler that sticks out just a bit. Then we have the rear shoulder lines that start from the middle of the door panel and extend over the rear wheel arches and to the rear. These really highlight the athletic nature of the Alpha5, an electric sports car.
At the rear, we have a notably large split diffuser while the majority of the rear is a large concaved panel that includes the rear lighting elements. The taillamps are only noticeable when illuminated. The showcase model also sits on large aero-optimised wheels that add to its presence.
Alpha5 Interior Design
It looks like a proper four-seat sports coupe with the doors large enough to offer passage into the rear seats as well. By appearance, I’d guess they’re made of some sort of sustainable recycled material. The rear seats do look cramped for leg room.
The dashboard seems rather simplistic, like most modern EVs. It has a digital driver’s display mounted on the top with a wide and flat-bottom steering wheel. The central AC vents are housed deep inside the dash that extends to the front windscreen. There is a floating centre console with a vertically-oriented touchscreen that tilts up towards the dashboard. The console has two dials sticking up like passenger-facing antennas with fairly large cup holders below them. Under the floating console, there is another display and a wireless charging pad. The ambient lighting strips around the cabin seem to be well integrated, matching the overall futuristic-but-simply aesthetic.
The Alpha5 is a pretty big car for an electric sportscar. It’s 4995mm long with a 2900mm wheelbase, 2044mm wide and 1370mm tall.
DeLorean has revealed that the Alpha5 should get a battery pack with a capacity of over 100kWh for a range of around 500km. So, it should be pretty heavy just like the original. In terms of performance, it should have enough to do the 0-96kph sprint in 2.99 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 250kph.
Alpha5 Launch Edition
For those ready to commit to a modern-day DeLorean, the order and query books for the Alpha5 are already open. So, the carmaker has also unveiled a Launch Edition in red with black contrast and an all-black interior.
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