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DeLorean Alpha5 brings two gullwing doors, four seats, many questions

DeLorean Alpha5 brings two gullwing doors, four seats, many questions


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Remember when we explained that classic DeLorean based in Humble, Texas is a wholly separate company from new DeLorean based in San Antonio? And when James Espey, VP at classic DMC, told us, "The new DeLorean that's been in the news since the Super Bowl ad in February is a clean sheet of paper design. It shares some of the DNA with the original DeLorean, but it's a clean sheet of paper"? Here is your clean-sheet-of-paper DeLorean. Penned by Italdesign, the same Italian creative firm that designed the DMC-12, the Alpha5 makes a trio of nods to the original. There's a wide pair of gullwing doors, louvers over the rear window, and three-layered taillights. After that, it's all 21st-century. What we know of the powertrain is a quote from CEO Joost de Vries, "We have some partners in the UK on the powertrain side." That sounds like a Williams Engineering affair, the English development company having worked with Italdesign on a modular EV powertrain that debuted last year.

What we've picked up so far is that in "Base Performance Spec" a battery of more than 100 kWh juices "multiple electric motors" that are powerful enough to get the 2+2 to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds. Range is reported to come in at a minimum of 300 miles on the EPA cycle. Painting a target on the Porsche Taycan in terms of capability and being described as a tool "for people that love to drive," the Alpha5 is sized within inches of the Porsche in length, width, and height. We're not sure where how it compares to the Taycan's 114.2-inch wheelbase, though.

The interior looks like another uncluttered electric affair. We do want to find out, however, if the climate controls really are tucked into the recess under the instrument panel.