One of the world’s most iconic cars, the DeLorean, is set for a triumphant return as a limited-run electric vehicle.
Every now and then, the auto industry creates a car that we either love or hate. And often, those that are deemed flops end up garnering a cult following when they’re adopted by Hollywood. Examples include the AMC Gremlin, which was universally slated and yet become iconic in Wayne’s World; the Aztec, also by AMC, which was the ride of choice of Walter White in Breaking Bad, and the PT Cruiser, which made a suitable cameo in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. These were cars we just loved to hate.
Another icon on wheels was the DeLorean, which made for a much more popular time machine in the Back to the Future franchise than it did an actual automotive property, which owners quickly discovered when the company went bust in the 1980s. When it was first launched, the all-aluminium DeLorean offered punters a taste of the future and while only 9,000 were ever made in the company’s Irish works, its position in automotive history was assured.
Continuing the journey is continuing with the anticipated arrival of the DeLorean EV and gas-powered models. Designed by Giorgietto Giugiaro, the designer of the original DeLorean, the revival model – the Alpha V (five) – will be a limited-production, high-performance all-electric four-seat V6 stallion that will be available from 2024.
Now before you get too excited and start looking for a buyer for your Telsa, its important to note that only 88 units of the EV version will initially be made, a less-than-subtle reference to the speed the car needs to hit for its flux capacitor to kick in. Each of these non-street legal units – which boast the iconic gull wing doors and metallic finish, will have associated NFTs and will feature a top speed of 240km/ph, a range of 482km and the ability to hit 100km/hr in 3.5 seconds.
Subsequent street-legal models are expected to include a V8-powered version and a hydrogen-powered SUV.
Perhaps Back to the Past is more accurate.
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