The DeLorean is Back (to the Future)

Eric E. Surbano

09 Jun 2022

And it’s electric, but 1.21 gigawatts isn't necessary

Forty years after the original DeLorean Motor Company declared bankruptcy, the DeLorean is making a comeback—and it looks better than ever. 

The company teased the iconic car’s return in February, tweeting a video showing off the automobile’s signature gull-wing doors. The new, modern iteration, dubbed the DeLorean Alpha5, was fully unveiled on the company’s website at the end of May, and it looks as sleek and futuristic as you'd have thought it to be.

Setting itself apart from its predecessor, the Alpha5's satisfying curves replaces the sharp edges of the original’s sharp edges. An all-electric vehicle, it goes from zero to 88mph (the speed that allowed Doc Brown's machine to change time) in 4.35 seconds and is a four-seater instead of just two. Fans of the original shouldn’t be dismayed though; the Alpha5 does pay homage to the original with its clean silver paint job (though it also comes in a Porsche-like red) and, of course, the iconic gull-wing doors. Apart from that, DeLorean boasts that the Alpha5 has a range of 300+ miles (483+km) and will run on a 100+kWh battery, though they’ve stated that this is the base model’s specs, meaning that later models could perhaps have a different performance. 

In an NPR article, Joost de Vries, CEO of the DeLorean Motor Company, said that the brand isn’t really making a comeback since it never left in the first place. “DeLorean lived on in online games like Forza and Need for Speed and Asphalt, Playmobil, Hot Wheels. The brand never left the market. A lot of the ideas that DeLorean worked with in the early 80s is actually something that we're developing further.”

According to IGN, the car is expected to be priced around $175,000. You can sign up for updates on their website, but don’t hold your breath if you think you can get your hands on one immediately. Production will be limited, and there’s no doubt a lot of people are waiting to own one for themselves.

No word yet on whether the company will sell flux capacitors separately, though roads are definitely still needed despite Doc Brown’s claims.