Following a teaser video shared in April, DeLorean has confirmed that it will re-enter the automotive market as a premium vehicle brand under the name DeLorean Motors Reimagined LLC. Spearheading the revival is the Alpha5, an all-electric sports car inspired by the brand’s popular DMC-12 model. Set to enter production in 2024, the EV looks to provide both a contemporary in-vehicle user experience and strong performance statistics. While the full range of its specifications have not yet been revealed, DeLorean expects the base performance model to accelerate from 0 – 60 mph (0 – 96 km/h) in less than three seconds and offer a top speed of 155 mph. Inside, a battery pack with a power capacity exceeding 100 kWh will enable a vehicle range exceeding 300 miles (482 kilometers). 

The EV’s four-seat interior works to consolidate the traditional control systems into a central touchscreen that hosts its infotainment system. The screen sits at the top of a floating center console – which features physical components for the HVAC and a wireless charging pad for mobile devices. Supporting the central touchscreen is a widescreen digital instrument cluster that provides key metrics and sits behind a flat bottom steering wheel with three slim control buttons placed at either side. In renders released by DeLorean, the home page of the infotainment system appears to display the current battery level and nearest charging point, while allowing the user to control some vehicle functionality, including its drive modes and lighting. 

The Alpha5 will initially be offered in a limited run of 88 cars, a reference to DeLorean’s history in the Back to The Future films. While this run has been designed exclusively for track use, future models will be built and marketed for conventional road use in a similarly low-volume run. In developing and producing the Alpha5, DeLorean will leverage a network of partners around the world. The EV’s design, for example, is a collaboration between the brand and its original partner Italdesign. The brand’s UK partners will be assisting in the development of the powertrain, while production will be outsourced to Italy – though specific details on both partnerships has yet to be revealed. 

Following the launch of the Alpha5, DeLorean plans to offer an extensive line-up of vehicles spanning multiple segments and powertrain configurations. It presently plans to succeed its first EV with a V8-powered sports coupe, an electric saloon, and a premium sports SUV with a hydrogen powertrain. The refreshed DeLorean brand will be led by an American outfit helmed by CEO Joost de Vries, who previously held VP positions at Karma Automotive and Tesla. It follows DeLorean’s filing for bankruptcy in 1982, after which the brand’s rights were acquired in 1995 and an aftermarket support service for DeLorean owners was run under the name. 

DeLorean confirmed that the Alpha5 will make its full debut in late August during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in California. Customers can register their interest today, with reservation information set to be revealed this summer.