DeLorean Alpha 5 Revealed, Electric Coupe with a Range of 483 Km

DeLorean Alpha 5

DeLorean is officially back and ready to embrace the future by following the electric car trend with the all-new Alpha5. Just like the source of its inspiration, the iconic DMC-12, this car also takes the form of a stylish coupe with gullwing doors designed by Italdesign.

The large hinged top door and rear glass grille are arguably the only tributes to the past as the rest of the design is truly modern. Matching the look of the current EV, it has big wheels and sleek headlights at the front and rear.

Its curvaceous body features a charging port on the driver's side front fender, so you no longer need to open the trunk to access the gas cap. The Alpha5 has a two-tone finish and a swoopy roofline reminiscent of the popular car in the Back to the Future trilogy.

On the inside, there are no flux capacitors as they have been replaced by two individual rear seats. Like the latest high-end EVs, it removes most (if not all) conventional controls. Now, everything has been pinned to the touch screen that sits on the "floating" center console.

The driver has a wide full digital instrument cluster and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Access to the rear seats is very easy considering how wide the gullwing doors are and the absence of a B-pillar.

DeLorean is still reluctant to divulge drivertrain details, but says the Alpha5 takes 3.4 seconds to reach 60 miles/hour (96 km/h) and the top speed is electronically limited to 150 miles/hour (241 km/h).

The car has a battery pack with a capacity of over 100 kWh, sufficient for an EPA range of more than 300 miles (483 kilometers). It's worth remembering that all of these specs apply to the "base performance model", suggesting a more powerful version is in the works.

We also know the electric coupe has a very low drag coefficient, only 0.23, although it still loses to the Mercedes EQS by Cd 0.20. Thankfully, there's no longer the underpowered V6 petrol engine from the Peugeot-Renault-Volvo, switching to an electric setting that is expected to go from 0 to 88 miles/hour (142 km/h) in 4.35 seconds.

The new car is significantly larger than its predecessor, measuring 4,995 millimeters (196.6 in), 2,044 mm (80.4 in) wide and 1,370 mm (53.9 in) high when the gulliwing doors are closed.

DeLorean said it had outsourced production to Italy while the powertrain would be provided by a UK supplier. Only 88 (of course!) Alpha5 units will be made, with a V8-powered sports coupe following.

If all goes according to plan, the expanded lineup will include an electric sedan and even a hydrogen-powered SUV. After making its public debut in August at Pebble Beach, the DeLorean Alpha5 will enter production in 2024.


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